Full Indie 2016 : Alt Ctrl – innovating in the hardware scene

Robin came all the way from Scottland to discuss the hardware scene, its opportunities and challenges.

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Full indie 2016 : Mixed reality trailers

Making a good trailer for VR games is hard. The fisheye two views or first person videos of gameplay don’t reflect what VR gaming feels like, and showing a player in their dirty room doesn’t help. Sony has this cool virtual headmount concept, which is cool, but honestly, is no where near the real experience either.

In his talk, Kert Gartner shares with us how the mixed reality trailers for Fantastic contraptions and Job simulator convey VR’s engaging experience.

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Full Indie 2016 : A love letter to Alt Games

Claris Cyarron took us on the weird side of walking simulators, discussing atl games.

Warning : explicit content ahead.

Alt games can not be defined for it would constrain the creativity within its boundaries and impose rules while it’s trying to fend off existing conventions. Alt games is an umbrella term for peers to gather around and might refer to a means of production rather than a game genre.

Alt games are queer in that they reject norms of traditional games. Their creators often identify as queer as well, rejecting norms and constrains in a larger perspective. As a result Alt games are different and deal with subjects that are set aside in traditional games or deal with topics on a different basis.

For example, what if sex in a game wasn’t something you’d earn, but something you would do instead ?

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Full indie 2016 : Learning from Brigador’s mistakes

Stellar Jockeys made a unique game with a lot of hooks to get players on board. It had unique art, a fully destructible environment and a cool soundtrack. Game engines are like wood, no matter what you’re carving into it you’ll end up following  the natural flow of it.

Brigador was made on a custom engine to really work in destructible environments from the core of the game. It had great reviews on metacritic and on steam. If you take in account the issues that were fixed since they were reviewed, Brigador would have 97% positive reviews. Yet is sold less than 10k units. Why is that ?

Hugh Monahan had the courage to share his story with us, and we thank him for that.

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Creating customer journey maps

A customer journey map is a powerful tool to bridge gaps in delivery and customer experience of internal teams. After a presentation at World IA Day 2016, I was inspired to share the content of this talk and add my own two cents to it.

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Full Indie 2016 : How to create 4D games

At Full Indie Summit 2016, Marc ten Bosch taught the audience to think in 4 dimensions. Now most of you probably have no idea what that means, and no, the 4rth dimension is not time. So how does it work ?

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Flupa UX Day 2016 : Lean et agile UX, c’est possible

Avant de vous parler de business, laissez moi vous rapporter l’histoire d’une idée

Il était une fois, une entreprise comme on en trouve partout.

– J’ai une p*****n d’idée! dit le PDG.

– Faisons une étude d’opportunité avec des chiffres et des études de concurrent. répondent l’équipe.

Après moultes recherches, l’équipe arrive à une conclusion.

– Oui, monsieur le PDG. Vous avez eu une super idée, conclut l’étude d’opportunité.

Une armée d’UX fait des wireframes et des maquettes d’un produit déjà défini en amont. Le chef de projet rédige des specifictions pendant des semaines. Les développeurss recoivent ce document indigeste et finissent par faire le taff à moitié.

Et ils vécurent longtemps plusieurs années,  heureux occupés et eurent beaucoup d’enfants de clients levées de fond.

Ce qui nous amène au véritable sujet de cette conférence…

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Flupa UX Day 2016 : Le culte du cargo et la pensée magique en design d’expérience

Le culte du Cargo est une forme de pensée magique où l’on attend un résultat en reproduisant mal une technologie sans en comprendre le fonctionnement. L’utilisation d’une fausse technologie “magique” par méconnaissance de la technique qui se cache derrière est un problème auquel nous sommes souvent confrontés. Comme dit l’auteur de la conf, voici 5 concepts pour “briller en société”.

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Flupa UX Day 2016 : les leviers d’engagement du client

En 15 ans d’expérience et 4 ans d’entreprenariat, Nabil nous présente ce qu’il a appris de ses sujets. Combien de fois a-t-il entendu des phrases du type….

“J’ai demandé à ma famille, ils adorent”
“C’est une bonne idée parce que personne ne l’a fait”
“On peut imaginer que…” et on se retrouve avec la théière de Norman.

Mais comment vendre l’UX ?

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You cant fix it if you dont know what’s broken

At MIGS 2015, I went to see Alexandre Denault’s talk You can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s broken. The title just screamed User experience to me.

Alexandre started to explain he’s seen poeple trying to fix problems without knowing them, and it’s not pretty. The first step to problem solving is determining what’s broken, then fix it. Often, finding what’s broken is actually harder than fixing the problem. And then I realised Alexandre was discussing system administration, and realised how much UX shares with Ops.

In this article, I revisit Alexandre’s talk from the perspective of user experience and how we share methods and tools with sys admins to solve different types of problems, that sometimes come together.

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