Version 1.0 of this blog was designed by @Mike_Acton, Engine Director at Insomniac Games and managed by Harriet @AltDevBlog. Around August of 2014 the site went down without explanation and was no longer maintained.
Still, the memory of the blog has been alive in the minds of many readers, as it provided a unique source of knowledge and inspiration to many developers. The only copy available was on archive.org and @datgame managed to retrieve most of the content and made it available at http://jahej.com/alt/ for those who still wanted to access the content.
One year after the demise of the website, Marco (@marco_castorina) and Stefan (@molecularmusing) decided to bring it back, and after a few python scripts the content was back online. We are still hoping to get clearance from the previous maintainers, but we decided to go ahead despite that and give the readers what they had been waiting for.
Here follows the original website’s mission statement. We still believe in it and we will do our best to fulfill it!
#AltDevBlog’s mission is to be an expert-oriented platform, serving to encourage and develop individual voices; within the game development industry. Honest voices who want to share their expertise and knowledge on a periodical basis and read and comment on expertise provided by others.
#AltDevBlog gives developers the possibility to safely create and present posts about what they find pertinent in their field, from the extremely innovative to the extremely high-level, on topics such as Programming, Arts, Production, Audio, Business and Marketing.
Through feeding and teaching the community, encouraging constructive criticism, experimenting with new ideas and not shying away from controversy, we encourage our authors to share, learn and teach each other, in addition to the enrichment they seek from the outside world through their work.
By enlarging the scope of the brand and not limiting ourselves to written blog posts, we are able to animate the video games industry with cutting edge content in an informative environment and assist in developing the regular discipline of sharing ideas.