I'm an almost-totally blind mobile game producer from Finland and last week we launched an innovative new game! AMA about the Finnish mobile game industry, mobile game production and development, working blind, or anything else!
It's been a while since I did an AMA so I'm back again.
I work for an indie mobile game and animation studio in a small Finnish city called Pori. In 2017 we were subcontracted to develop a game for a publisher, and ever since we started that project we dreamed of releasing our own mobile game.
About six months ago, I was hanging out with my friend Oku after one of his gigs. Oku hosts a weekly radio show here in Finland called Retroperjantai(Retro Friday) on one of the country's most popular radio channels Radio Nova. We got to talking about marketing and branding, and it got me wondering if anyone had ever made a mobile game specifically for a radio DJ before. I did a ton of research and couldn't find a single one.
So our team got to work on making a retro-style casual mobile game based around Oku's life as a successful DJ. The game also features appearances by Finnish dance music artists that Oku has made songs with in the past. We launched on the 16th and then put out an update on the 22nd to fix some immediate issues our players pointed out to us. Our plans for the future with this game include more artist appearances, better accessibility, more structure in terms of levels, and a way to customize your game's Oku.
You can download the game for Android here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nopia.okugame Or iOS here: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1475885860 Note: The game is not currently available in Asia.
As I mentioned in my post title, I am almost completely blind. I've been like this since birth. I never imagined myself working in the game industry, but when my studio hired me I was eager to come along. At first I was meant to just be a general office manager, but it became clear that I had the skills and passion to be a producer.
Finland's game industry is small but incredible. There are about 3,000 people officially working in the industry and it's a very welcoming, accepting community when it comes to gender, disability, race, sexuality, or anything else. We are also always very eager to help each other, give advice, and lend our time to newbies and people just getting started.
So, AMA about..any of the above! :)