Well everyone, a handful of the DIYGamer contingent sets off for Comic-Con this morning, with a car full of audio and video equipment no less.
Off the bat I freely admit there’s not a lot of actual “on schedule” indie game love going on at the eccentric and massively over-produced event. However, I’ve been busy as always setting up interviews with indie devs and other industry types and will be attending a few developer-related panels to make up for a small but exciting line-up of announced games for us to check out.
That would be The Behemoth’s Battleblock Theater(much has been updated since last year’s preview), thatgamecompany’sJourney, and Twisted Pixels’ The Gunstringer. There’s always the hidden gems too, as exhibitors from all over the world come to show off their products; never know what you’ll get (a publisher with a half dozen Japanese indie titles to show off as an example from last year.)
We’re bringing a full production crew to test out our audio/video capabilities on the road for this one. So expect some new content in those departments along with plenty of pictures straight from the event (any indie cosplay we will be snapping, where my Meat Boy’s at?)
Check back each day for new coverage, image dumps, and more! Should be a great warm-up for PAX Prime next month, where we’re guaranteed to be up to our elbows in indies and the cool folks who made them.
Twisted Pixel Games has announced today its new IP: The Gunstringer. Twisted Pixel hasn’t announced if The Gunstringer will be a retail game or one of the first downloadable Kinect XBLA games. Recently Twisted Pixel tweeted that if people attend PAX East, they can stop by for a playable demo of The Gunstringer and Ms. Splosion Man. Find out which controller is the fan-favorite for The Gunstringer in this trailer:
Twisted Pixel Games has published a new developer blog specifically for The Gunstringer. From the blog:
“The Gunstringer is a Kinect game where you get to marionette a kick-ass undead cowboy puppet through action packed stage performances. Everything is set as if it’s an actual play performance, complete with hand crafted ‘actors’ and props.”
The puppets and hand-crafted art allows the team to get away with “some pretty far out characters, settings, and plot twists that would just seem insane in a straight western story.” The blog reports that there are no minigames, forced gestures, or end of level photos to pose for. Possibly best of all, gamers can play it sitting down. This is an upgrade for all those past marionette handlers who had to stand during their entire production.
Twisted Pixel has fine-tuned its 2D and 3D action mechanics in its previous games. The Maw was their first independent outing; it was a fun 3D action/adventure game for Xbox LIVE Arcade that also released on most major digital distribution channels. The team then released ‘Spolsion Man, not this horrible ripoff, which was a 2D platformer that tested the patience of many a gamer, almost unanimously to everyone’s delight, despite a couple camera angle issues. DIY’s Peter reviewed the hilarious antics of Comic Jumper last year. The team seems to have taken those awesome run and gun and platformer elements from Comic Jumper and added a unique marionette twist to it, living up to its Twisted namesake.