Apr 13 AT 9:08 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Game on: Google hires “Developer Advocate” for games

Google is ready to get serious about bringing more games to their platforms. Industry veteran Mark DeLoura was named “Developer Advocate” for games at Google and will begin the position today. DeLoura’s previous positions included manager of developer relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, technical director at Ubisoft, and lead engineer at Nintendo.

We have witnessed Google trying to court the gaming crowd by giving them free phones, but this is their first public hire of a position that focuses solely on game development and game developers.

“I personally feel that Google hiring someone specifically to focus on games is a signal from the company that they recognize the growing importance of games as a medium. In this time of great disruption in the game industry, there are a huge number of opportunities for developers.”Mark DeLouraGoogle Developer Advocate

Android phones like the Nexus One and Droid are capable of pumping out some impressive graphics, but many of the high-profile game studios have yet to adopt the platform. As Android continues to expand to more powerful devices, there will be massive opportunities for gaming. Hopefully this new hire will bring more attention to the Android platform and my future Google TV will replace my home console system.

Via: Gizmodo

Source: Gamasutra

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  • http://Website Todd

    Does this mean they’re gonna address in the insufferable Market search method(s)?

    What good is a “developer advocate” if no one can find the game to download?

    P.S. I still have misspelled searches stuck in the market app from 2008!

    P.P.S. I won’t even mention the irony of Android app market search being so awful given that its owned by *Google*

    • http://Website thegreattaurus

      I always wonder why the search in the Market is so horrible. I hope they fix it with Froyo or Gingerbread. This is googles bread and butter but they really suck at it on their mobile device

  • http://127.0.0.1 grellanl

    I imagine the consistent message from devs will be ‘more storage’ — the Droid can run sophisticated games just like the iPhone, but only one at a time, and only if you uninstall everything else first.

    Honestly its a joke. I want to buy games. But I can’t, I’ve had to remove all those I’ve bought already just so I have space. It’s easily my biggest problem with Android devices.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Ditto. I hit my storage limit on my Nexus One after installing a handful of games.

      Google said they are working to address this issue, but I have yet to see a time frame for when it might happen.

    • http://www.droidgamers.com ExtremeT

      I agree, the storage issue really needs to be addressed along with a few other things. Until something like Apps2SD becomes native to Android, more game developers are going to need to adopt the method some developers already have of putting the core of the game on the market and then instancing a one time download the first time the game is run to put all the assets onto the SD Card to save phone space.

    • http://Website Alan Reboli

      I agree. Apps2sd is a staple. I have a G1 and that was the main reason for rooting. I couldn’t stand the fact that I only had, if my memory serves me, like.. 35-40mb of free space. That is sooo tiny. I can’t imagine those G1 users who haven’t rooted their phones yet.. Mindboggling.

  • http://www.mobilebrazzers.com Mobile Brazzers

    Yup- I concur as well.

    It’s all about the storage.. simple as that.

    Fix it, and the big hi-rez 3D games will come

  • http://brykins.blogspot.com brykins

    Along with sorting out the ability to store apps on SD card, I think Google ought to hire someone to sort out the huge inadequacies in the standard Android PIM apps. They need to sort out contact sorting, reminder and notification issues, and all the other little issues that make using an Android in a business capacity a very frustrating experience compared to Blackberry and, to some extent, WinMo.

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    very good stuff. Do you have a RSS feed? And will it be cool if I put in your feed to a blog of mine? I have a website that pulls content by RSS feeds through a couple of sites and I would like to include yours, many folks don’t mind given that I link back and everything but I like to get consent 1st. Anyway let me know if you can, thanks.

  1. ToddGuest 5 years ago

    Does this mean they’re gonna address in the insufferable Market search method(s)?

    What good is a “developer advocate” if no one can find the game to download?

    P.S. I still have misspelled searches stuck in the market app from 2008!

    P.P.S. I won’t even mention the irony of Android app market search being so awful given that its owned by *Google*

    • thegreattaurusGuest 5 years ago

      I always wonder why the search in the Market is so horrible. I hope they fix it with Froyo or Gingerbread. This is googles bread and butter but they really suck at it on their mobile device

  2. grellanlGuest 5 years ago

    I imagine the consistent message from devs will be ‘more storage’ — the Droid can run sophisticated games just like the iPhone, but only one at a time, and only if you uninstall everything else first.

    Honestly its a joke. I want to buy games. But I can’t, I’ve had to remove all those I’ve bought already just so I have space. It’s easily my biggest problem with Android devices.

    • Ditto. I hit my storage limit on my Nexus One after installing a handful of games.

      Google said they are working to address this issue, but I have yet to see a time frame for when it might happen.

    • ExtremeTGuest 5 years ago

      I agree, the storage issue really needs to be addressed along with a few other things. Until something like Apps2SD becomes native to Android, more game developers are going to need to adopt the method some developers already have of putting the core of the game on the market and then instancing a one time download the first time the game is run to put all the assets onto the SD Card to save phone space.

    • Alan ReboliGuest 5 years ago

      I agree. Apps2sd is a staple. I have a G1 and that was the main reason for rooting. I couldn’t stand the fact that I only had, if my memory serves me, like.. 35-40mb of free space. That is sooo tiny. I can’t imagine those G1 users who haven’t rooted their phones yet.. Mindboggling.

  3. Mobile BrazzersGuest 5 years ago

    Yup- I concur as well.

    It’s all about the storage.. simple as that.

    Fix it, and the big hi-rez 3D games will come

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    very good stuff. Do you have a RSS feed? And will it be cool if I put in your feed to a blog of mine? I have a website that pulls content by RSS feeds through a couple of sites and I would like to include yours, many folks don’t mind given that I link back and everything but I like to get consent 1st. Anyway let me know if you can, thanks.