Interview: SMAVERICK (October 2016)

Interview: SMAVERICK
This month our interview features the cricle SMAVERICK who creates great action game "Virus Z"!! We hope you enjoy the read!

Thank you so much for this interview! To start things off, could you please introduce yourself to the DLsite.com users?

This is SMAVERICK. Glad to say hello to all of the DLsite.com users through this website.

How did you come up with your Circle's name "SMAVERICK"?

The members of my circle have strong personality. I thought the word "MAVERICK" shows my circle well. "S" which is the beginning of the name, means special. So, I think "SMARVERICK" is the best name for us and I want to make unique game with my maverick members.

How did you find about DLsite.com?

I found DLsite.com with an introduction of my friend who likes Doujin games.

What led your path to becoming a professional game creator? Was there something that specifically triggered your desire to begin programming?

I wanted to make an enjoyable game with users' sympathy after I played various Doujin games.

"Virus Z" is a tremendous success. To what do you attribute your success developing this product?

I think the reason is an inspired game and cute animation characters.

When you were planning and developing "Virus Z," were Japanese part of your intended audience? If so, what characteristics of the game did you try and tailor for Japanese players?

I decided to plan making my product as I knew DLsite. I was focusing on the animation's detail for Japanese fans.

From where do you draw your greatest inspiration to create your products?

I usually get inspiration and ideas from Pixiv and Japanese DVDs.

What is the most important consideration when you are developing your products? What element is the most important to you?

I think the most important thing is the consumers' (users') satisfaction. My circle exists because of them and we want them play with fun. It can be powerful energy for creation of next game. I think we have to make users convenience when they play my product with minimum errors and bugs.

As a popular Doujin (indie) game creator, what do you think about recent movement/popularity of Doujin(indie) culture?

I think Doujin culture is active these days, it is very happy as a Doujin game creator. I plan to continue to participate in it. I want my products will be a part of Doujin culture.

What tools or software do you use when you are creating your products?

I use Unity and Photoshop.

How do you enjoy spending your time when you are not working? Do you have any hobbies or special interests?

I like planning trip to Japan, specially Kyoto and Osaka. I have been there 5 times recently. I love Japanese culture and I am really into it.

Have you ever purchased any products from DLsite.com? If so, who is your favorite artist/creator and what are your favorite products?

Yes, I have purchased many products from the DLsite. Specially, I like SAKURA Action of Circle UmaiNeko. It really opens my eyes! I look forward to the next product of Circle UmaiNeko and I like Circle PIXEL FACTORY.

So many users are enjoying your games, and they are curious what you have in the works for your next project. Can you provide a preview of what you are working on now for future release? Also, please let us know your goals for your future.?

I am preparing other games but, I plan to continue developing the "Virus Z" series first. If "Virus Z" series game is ranked 10,000 downloads, I'd like to challenge the real-time online games.

DLsite.com is popular all around the world; what do you think contributes to DLsite.com's popularity and success?

I totally agree that DLsite is very famous and popular. I think the best reason is a formation of sympathy between creators and users. They love games and want same thing, the enjoyable and interesting games.

Any message for your fans?

First of all, I want to say Thank you all users who purchase and have interest in my game. I will try to make more fun and interesting game for everyone to keep playing enjoyable game. Also thank you for DLsite giving me a big help.

You have been so very successful in this field. Do you have any advice for new developers to help inspire them?

My advice is making games with what you are enjoying. If you really enjoy with your game, it also satisfies other users and they ought to love your products. Cheer up! You can do it! Never give up!
You haven't tried their works yet? Then check them out now!
SMAVERICK
Title Virus Z
Circle SMAVERICK
Genre
Price : 1,944 JPY
Points : 3% (54 points) → 10% (180 points)
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