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Are Bundles the Future of Indie Game Distribution?

It’s difficult to argue against at this point as it’s increasingly likely that we’ll find our favorite indie games in a bundle of some sort, but could it be that the future of indie games and whether or not an indie game becomes successful depends on whether or not it is “bundled?”


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Xenonauts Back Up and Running With Desura

A little over a month ago I wrote about Xenonauts, a pretty cool looking X-COM-inspired game. Unfortunately I wasn’t writing about them gushing about their game, like you’d expect, but rather I writing about their unfortunate encounter with PayPal who decided to freeze their account. It was a real bummer…


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Indie FPS SickBrick Now Available for $7.99

First person shooter games are always impressive. They’ve got great graphics and fast, fun gameplay. They also typically require plenty of resources and dev teams in the tens or hundreds to make (see: Modern Warfare). Which is partly why I’m so impressed every time I see a true indie FPS game come out such as SickBrick, by Misfit Villager.


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Mod Spotlight – No More Room In Hell for Half-Life 2

You might have heard this name on and off over the past few years. That’s because No More Room In Hell started development around the same time Half-Life 2 was released, and was released just a few days ago. A lot has happened since 2004 – we’ve hit Peak Zombie, Left 4 Dead has been, gone and begot a sequel, and co-op Source engine games became ten a penny – so does this mod have what it takes to stand proud amongst the crowds of 2011?


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Fond Memories: RPG To the Moon Available Now Through Developer and Desura

It appears we’ve entered the meaty part of the release season, as yet another good looking indie has come out to play in Freebird’s retro JRPG To the Moon. The title goes for $12 and is being distributed via Desura and the developer themselves. Additionally, the team has provided download links to a one hour timed demo in both locations.

The game has you playing two doctors, who have discovered the ability to travel through people’s memories and change them. Unfortunately the clashing of real and false memories leaves people unable to function, and shortly after anyone undergoes the procedure they die. So instead of abandoning the technology entirely, they find a new purpose for it. The decided to provide hospice patients peace/happiness before death, by altering memories to fulfill whatever they wished they had happened in their life, but never actually did. Insane.


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A Bundle of Information on Indie Royale [Interview]

Last week, IndieGames.com and Desura presented a new fortnightly event called Indie Royale. For those who haven’t checked it out yet, the idea is pretty simple. A bundle of 4 games are presented for a price of $2.00. As the bundle sells more the price steadily increases. But if users pay more for the game than the minimum the price will be reduced.

It’s definitely interesting to see how the indie games bundle market has expanded since the Humble Bundle started the trend a couple years ago.


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Indie Royale Launch Bundle Surpasses 35K Sold, Sale Ends Later Today

Let’s talk some Indie Royale in a sec, but before that why don’t you pick up their launch bundle while it’s still available. You have less than six hours at the time of writing to make your purchase, as the four-game offer ends today at 11 AM Pacific.

The non-fixed price is hovering at $5.18 at the moment, a fantastic tag indeed for a quad-ling of awesome indie titles; and if you demand perks on top of getting games on the super cheap, you’re in luck! You greedy son of a bitch, you.


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Indie Developers: Help Us Help You… with Codes!

Calling all indie developers! As we plan for our big transition into our next big redesign we are planning a unique give away to our readers. I can’t spoil the beans here, but it’s going to be a  long term ordeal. The thing is, we can’t do it without your help.

Essentially what we need are codes for your game. Any amount will do across any platform (XBLIG, iOS, PC, PS3, etc.) and digital distribution store (Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, Desura, etc.). If you’ve got an awesome indie game and some way to distribute a code then we’ll take it!


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When Gravity Has Got You Down: gShift [IGF 2012]

I wasn’t able to get to any IGF games yesterday, unfortunately, so I’m starting today off with one I just happened to come across by pure luck. With any luck I’ll be able to check out a couple more before the day is finished…

Anwyay, this mornings game is gShift, by deadweight studios (no caps), a 2.5D puzzle platformer that has you controlling which way the forces of gravity are pulling in order to traverse obstacles. So, for example, if you need the ceiling to be the floor, you can make it so the gravity pulls you so that the floor-ceiling are reversed, if that makes any sense.


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Dungeons of Dredmor, Sonic Porn, Gaslamp Games’ Origin Story and MORE! [Interview]

Earlier this week I sat down with the guys from Gaslamp Games to discuss Dungeons of Dredmor. Well, preliminarily that’s what I had planned. Little did I know at that point that Nicholas, David and Daniel had so much more planned.

I won’t bother to get into the dirty details here, but I will tell you that everything mentioned in the title is factual accurate and not meant to be merely a humorous gesture. I mean, it’s funny and all, but it’s real life funny.

Anyway, you’ve got a lot of reading to do so I’ll just kindly step out of the way…