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Welcome to the Pixelberry Studios blog! Check out our blog every other day for some exciting news, stories, and updates about our team, High School Story and everything else Pixelberry related!

-Pixelberry Team

High School Story and Cybersmile Present: The One Direction 'Stop Cyberbullying' Giveaway!

Hey High School Story Fans!

We have exciting news!! The Cybersmile Foundation is expanding their mission to stop cyberbullying to the U.S.! High School Story and Cybersmile are celebrating by having an awesome One Direction giveaway! 

The grand prize winner will get two premium tickets to see One Direction's 'Where We Are' concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA! 

A second winner will receive the complete set of One Direction collector dolls, SIGNED by the whole band! Did we just say SIGNED? YES, WE DID!

To enter, simply fill out this form: http://www.highschoolstory.com/high-school-story-stop-cyberbullying-giveaway/! Don't forget to refer your friends for extra entries!!

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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

 

Your friends,

The High School Story Team

 

Are YOU Quick Enough?

Many of us here at Pixelberry met up while working on a game called Surviving High School. Players of both games will notice that characters in the games (particularly Kimi, Owen, Autumn, and Wes) show up in both Surviving High School and High School Story.

We learned a lot on Surviving High School, and we made a lot of good friends in the process! One of those friends is Phuong Vo, who went on to do his own games--the Are You Quick Enough? Series: Are You Quick Enough? followed by Are You Quick Enough? 2, and now Are You Quick Enough? 3!

Phuong's new game is now free--check it out!

Phuong's new game! @AskPayton is playing... are you?

Phuong's new game! @AskPayton is playing... are you?

We're really excited for Phuong's game--we've been playing it all week--and we wanted to share it with you guys and give him a shout out in High School Story! We hope you like it as much as we do!

--Kara

 

Pixelberry Cookie Competition!

In any group of friends, family, or coworkers, there's always that unspoken question: who here bakes the best cookies? Driven by curiosity and an unrivaled passion for cookies, the Pixelberry team decided to settle the matter once and for all with a cookie competition!

Pixelberry Interns prepare the candidates for "Best Cookie" and try to resist the temptation to eat them.

Pixelberry Interns prepare the candidates for "Best Cookie" and try to resist the temptation to eat them.

The judges load their plates with hopeful cookies.

The judges load their plates with hopeful cookies.

Such beautiful cookies! How could anyone possibly choose just one?

Such beautiful cookies! How could anyone possibly choose just one?

Wow, this plate got wrecked! Who will take home the gold medal?

Wow, this plate got wrecked! Who will take home the gold medal?

Which cookie would you have voted for? Also, feel free to share your best cookie recipes... maybe we'll steal some for the next cookie competition!

Have You Lost Your Progress?

Have you lost your progress since getting the update? Play the game until you can tap the gear icon, then select Settings, and sign into Google+.

If you aren't asked to reload the game, leave the game, tap the Multitask button and swipe the app to close it. Then try starting the app again.

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Meet an Artist: Bob!

We asked our lead artist, Bob, some questions! Check out what he said below!

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1. Hi Bob! So what do you do at Pixelberry?

I get that question a lot, though usually from my boss. I'm one of several artists who create the game art. Art that meets the overall vision of what the game is about. So everything a player sees including buttons, characters, buildings, and clothing was created by an artist.

2. How long have you been making art, and how did you get started?

I've been making art probably since before anyone reading this blog was born. I started in the days before personal computers, but after dinosaurs. My dad was a really good artist but worked all his life in a grocery store to feed our family. I was fortunate to inherit a small percentage of that talent and luckier still to make a living from it.

3. What was your favorite in-game art asset to make?

There are so many. I do like the Level 2 Nerd Hangout for its goofiness and detail. The Level 2 Musician Hangout is a new favorite too.

4. What advice do you have for young artists?
Don't grow old, because you'll find young artists trying to squeeze you out. Seriously, illustrators should be sure to know the basics of their craft; composition; color; lighting; modeling; perspective; the human form. In the long term these will serve you regardless of the media or specialty you are into.

5. What character type do you most identify with in High School Story?

When I was in high school a jock approached me and asked, "How do you read all those books?"  

He thought I was a nerd and therefore read a lot of books. But like him, I didn't read books. So I had the looks of a nerd and the brain of a jock. Which naturally makes me an artist, right?

6. Are there any funny or interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?

I was an animator for the flying toaster screensaver. I produced my own trading card set about an invasion from Uranus. I have an unfinished children's book and graphic novel. I like black licorice. That about sums it up.

 

If you have any questions for Bob, please leave a comment below! 

Meet a Writer: Royal

We asked one of our writers, Royal, a few questions! Check out what he said below!

What do you do at Pixelberry?

My official title is Producer/Designer/Writer, and like it probably sounds, my duties are pretty varied from day to day.

Some days, I write quests for HSS. Some days, I design new game content. Some days, I do marketing or outreach or pinch-hit on graphic design... The list really goes on and on.

How did you get started as a writer?

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. There's a shelf at my parents' house that's filled end to end with books I wrote in the 3rd grade. They're bound with cardboard and wallpaper into teensy, little hardcovers.

As far as my professional career... I went to college for film, got an MFA in screenwriting, and I've been writing for a living ever since. I've done comics, film, videogames. If it started with words on a page, I've probably done it professionally at some point.

What character type do you most identify with in High School Story?

As a film student twice over, I think I most identify with the filmmaker type. Writing that quest was a lot of fun. I've always wanted to make a horror movie!

What makes you the most excited for what’s coming to High School Story?

I led the design for partying, so I'm especially excited for all the new characters that are coming... and coming really soon! I think the new unlockable characters will be really popular! Hint: there are new base types on the way.

Are there any funny or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

When I was very little, I was in the R.E.M. video for Shiny Happy People. It's totally goofy to watch it now, but being on that music video set at such a young age probably changed the trajectory of my life.

 

Launch Day!

Pixelberry is excited to announce that High School Story has officially launched globally! After 18 months of hard work and team collaboration, the game is now available for everyone to enjoy. The team celebrated with a toast by the CEO, Oliver. We counted down to the moment, Keith, one of the founders, punched a shiny red button that launched High School Story into every single country across the whole planet! Okay, it was just a regular typewriter button that Keith tapped… but the moment felt really big.
The launch brought the team together as we discussed our own high school stories around the lunch table.  It was surprising how different each one was.  Apparently, they take Health and PE very seriously at some schools... Anyways, thanks for all the support along the way and for helping us get to this point. We hope you enjoy High School Story!

 

-High School Story Team

 

 

Meet a Designer: Andrew

We asked one of our designers, Andrew, some questions! Check out what he said below!

What do you do at Pixelberry? 

I'm one of the primary designers on High School Story, which means I spend most of my time trying to think of ways to take all the cool ideas we have and turn them into fun, practical, simulation gameplay. Basically, when we decided to make High School Story, we came up with a huge list of things we wanted to see in the game (Partying! Dating! Story! Lots of different characters!) and I've worked for the past year on how to turn them into features in the game. I also spend a fair bit of time making mockups for all the user interfaces, helping brainstorm the story, and generally running around like a crazy person trying to make sure everything's working correctly.

Now that the game is out, I'm coming up with all the new features we're going to add in updates. I can't say too much, but we've got some really cool stuff in the pipeline!

How did you get interested in gaming?

I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, the best part of my week was when my dad would have to work late, because then I'd get to hang out in his office and play video games on his coworker's computer (which, in retrospect, I'm not sure his coworker knew about). In particular,  I've always been drawn to narrative games, to games that offer a really powerful, immersive experience, that marry a story that grips me emotionally with a world that totally sucks me in. I'm playing through The Last Of Us right now, and it's phenomenal in that regard.

What character type do you most identify with in High School Story?

Gotta be gamer. Gaming's my job, my hobby, and my passion. I honestly can't believe how lucky I am that I get to do something so fun for a living.

What makes you the most excited for what’s coming to High School Story?

Hmmm, gotta be careful here, because I can't give away too much! Right now, I'm working on some fun features that I think will give the player more things to do when they check back on the game regularly. I'm also working on a new feature that many, many people have requested... and I think they will be very excited when it gets in!

Are there any funny or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I was originally born in Russia, and came to the US when I was 4. I was really sickly as a kid, so I spent a lot of time bed-ridden, which is where I think I developed my love for language and storytelling.

I'm red-green color-blind. As a result, when it comes to working on user interfaces, I always need a normal-eyed spotter to make sure I haven't commissioned something horrifically hideous!

I have been told that I am quite loud when it comes to sharing stories or telling jokes. I think the rest of the world is just too quiet.

Meet a Writer: Jennifer

We asked one of our writers, Jennifer, a few questions! Check out what she said below!

What do you do at Pixelberry?

I'm a writer and designer at Pixelberry. I, along with a couple others, work on the date content for High School Story. It's really important to our team that every date to be unique and special, so we have tons of different kinds of dates--bicycle dates, movie dates, dinner dates, any date you want really! 

In addition to writing, I also work closely with our artists on designing and creating the outfits you see in the game. It's super fun, but sometimes be very challenging. It’s harder than it seems to create outfits that really define the characters by their trait or type. Like the ‘Gamer’ characters for instance were really tough because there are so many different types of gamers. It’s not like you can just put the guys in a nerdy t-shirt and jeans because that doesn’t necessarily translate into a ‘gamer’ when you first see them. 

How did you get started as a writer?

I started writing when I was six years old. I used to write everything in notebooks. My first work was the novel adaptation of Disney's classic movie, Cinderella, which I loved when I was a kid. From there, I moved on to original novels, where my favorite genre to write for was fantasy and scifi. I love to write, and I do it every day, both for my job at Pixelberry and personally! I even wrote a young adult series with a friend of mine! 

Which “clique” do you identify with?

In High School Story, there are a few types I definitely identify as. I'm a little jock-ish; in high school, I played varsity tennis and was on the local golf team for my city. But I’m also a little bit of a gamer because I play a lot of video games. My favorite games are co-ops like L4D2 and Borderlands. 

Mostly, though I’m very nerdy. I studied a lot, and I was the kind of person who always did my homework in school. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I read all the time, and I love young adult fiction. I also really love nerdy things like anime and comic books. So if I had to choose one, ‘nerd’ is the thing I best identify with.

What makes you the most excited for what’s coming to High School Story?

There are a lot of cool new features coming to High School Story, but I’d have to say that the thing I’m most excited to see is the new outfits for students. All of the types are getting three additional outfits that will change as they level up in the game. This adds a lot of variety and life to the schools. 

What an Intern's Day is Like

 Hey everyone! We are Daniel and Haley, the interns at Pixelberry Studios! We'll be the people posting on this blog. We will be providing you with updates on the team, High School Story, and anything else that we think you should know about! But before we do all that, we thought it'd be a good idea to share with you what a normal day is like for an Intern!

The first thing we do every morning is answer everything fans have sent in to Pixelberry. That includes on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HSSgame), Twitter (https://twitter.com/HSSGame), Tumblr (http://hssgame.tumblr.com/), and our Customer Support page on our website. We try to answer everything that is sent to us. Sometimes, we'll post on Instagram (http://instagram.com/hssgame) as well for fun Pixelberry photos! 

The rest of our time is spent doing the various things that need to be done. We'll be working on marketing images, editing marketing videos, testing High School Story, creating music for promotions, and sometimes even washing a wall (don't ask).

So that's what our days are like! We'll be bringing content like this about the rest of our team and more fun updates every other day. Thanks for reading!

Daniel and Haley

Interns at Pixelberry Studios

 

Welcome to Our Blog

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the Pixelberry Studios blog! Check out our blog every other day for some exciting news, stories, and updates about our team, High School Story and everything else Pixelberry related!

-Pixelberry Team