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Secret Lab Develops Games and Teaches Others How to Develop Them as Well (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the no-man-is-an-island-but-these-guys-live-on-one dept.

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On the Island of Tasmania, there is a Secret Lab. More accurately, it is a business called Secret Lab, run by co-founders Paris Buttfield-Addison and Jon Manning. On their website they say, “Secret Lab is an indie game developer and mobile app training studio based in Hobart, Australia. We're responsible for some of the world's most popular mobile apps -- recently, we've worked on Meebo for iPhone, ABC Play School Art Maker for iPad, ABC Good Game for iPhone and ABC Foodi for iPad. Secret Lab also offers intensive training workshops on iOS and Android development.” They recently presented at OSCON in Portland, OR, where Timothy Lord and his camcorder caught up with them there (as did Rachel Roumeliotis of O'Reilly Media with her camcorder). At just over 30 minutes, this is the longest Slashdot video interview we've ever run. It's worth the time, despite some rough sound patches, if you are interested in mobile game development -- or even if you are just interested in seeing what kind of colorful people do this sort of thing.

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Longest video interview = wrong direction (3, Interesting)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about a year ago | (#44427581)

>> At just over 30 minutes, this is the longest Slashdot video interview we've ever run

You're not hearing us, are you?

Re:Longest video interview = wrong direction (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44427637)

They can't hear you, they're too busy making videos

Re:Longest video interview = wrong direction (1)

rullywowr (1831632) | about a year ago | (#44427937)

Yep. Another mundane, boring Slashvertisement. What's next, religious programming like the 700 club? Or perhaps an interview with the intern at your local AT&T substation where he ventures out to the hardware store to purchase zip ties and Slashdot rides along with video camera in tow?
And from ABCsmallTimeGarbageAppMakerCompany, none the less. Slashdotters rarely RTFA...you think most will WTFV? Seriously?

Move along, nothing to see here.

Re:Longest video interview = wrong direction (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#44428291)

And now an article about what makes Velveeta so darned delicious!!

Re:Longest video interview = wrong direction (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about a year ago | (#44428701)

I haven't watched a single video on slashdot. Where are the answers from the Ask Gosling we had recently? Was that a fake?

Timmy!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44427591)

Hey timothy you still owe me fifty bucks for the blowjob I let you give me at OSCON. Plus the $350 for fucking your ass during the after party.

One of these things is not like the other... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44427663)

"We're responsible for some of the world's most popular mobile apps"

"ABC Play School Art Maker for iPad, ABC Good Game for iPhone and ABC Foodi for iPad"

Yes, follow these guys' advice and you'll be churning out AAA titles in no time!

Captcha: "illusion"

Re:One of these things is not like the other... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44427717)

next week ios universal apps! and even longer video!

if you don't have a bag of weed(or stolichnaya) you don't hear interesting shit from mobile developers anyways.
sober pitching is so fucking boring.

Names (2)

Talderas (1212466) | about a year ago | (#44427755)

Paris Buttfield? Really? I'm supposed to take this article seriously?

Re:Names (1)

sm3ggy (790661) | about a year ago | (#44428061)

I feel the same way.

Re:Names (3, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#44428481)

Thanks for pointing that out, sm3ggy and Talderas.

Re:Names (1)

Mjec (666932) | about a year ago | (#44431315)

Logged in to /. for the first time in years to say: +1 underrated

Re:Names (1)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year ago | (#44428377)

I've met them... they're good guys... and yes, that is his real name.

Re:Names (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44428403)

They haven't even published any games and the one that they are working on is some dinky little Flash game for a web site that is operated out of some guy's apartment.

*I* have more development experience than these guys just from my old modding and mapping days.

mobile platform is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44427785)

omg developing for mobiles is sooooooo 2012

Holy long ad (2)

heezer7 (708308) | about a year ago | (#44427949)

65 seconds? I'll type this and close tab before it would be over.

Hats (1)

Silvrmane (773720) | about a year ago | (#44427959)

I pretty much instantly lost interest when I saw the hats.

Re:Hats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44428329)

DOUBLE FEDORA

Re:Hats (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about a year ago | (#44428781)

If you are going to do a video pitch about software you need an attractive female. (Dudes+wierd hats+sitting) == straight to comments

Good to see Blues Traveler has found a new gig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44427961)

Caus' the hooooook brings you baaaayuck. That you can reeeliiiiiiiii huh huh high on.

A silly hat doesn't make you colorful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44428213)

See title.

So secret (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#44428275)

I never heard of them. Those who can, do; those who can't, teach?

Not only the longest interview... (1)

sudden.zero (981475) | about a year ago | (#44428493)

...but proceeded with a really long forced commercial as well. I am really starting to hate Dice's version of Slashdot!!!!!

Re:Not only the longest interview... (1)

sudden.zero (981475) | about a year ago | (#44428505)

stupid autocorrect..preceded!

grasping at straws (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | about a year ago | (#44428675)

If these guys can't write great apps themselves, who is going to pay them for their valuable instruction? Very strange that they would pay for this slashvertisement knowing people would call them out on this.

Hobart, Tasmania (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44432239)

- that's my wonderful town!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBAhG0FNqO0

Great video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44432269)

Interesting guys, they certainly know what they are talking about .
Love the hats too.

Re: Great video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44432489)

Their names are cool too - original

Title (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | about a year ago | (#44434469)

Sounds like something out of Zoolander.

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