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Indie Fund Gets Behind ‘The Swapper’

Indie Fund have announced that Facepalm Games‘ The Swapper is the sixth game to receive their backing and what a beauty it is.As far as puzzle platformers go, The Swapper is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous and unique entries in a good while. Now, we’re not just saying that all of a sudden, we proudly pointed the game out to you all in our 15 Indie Games That Will Surprise You In 2012 article.The game itself is a little odd, but we like that over here, and it definitely seems to be a very confident project. To really get a sense of the bewilderment of The Swapper, you’ll have to read the developer’s description, it’s still fantastic:“The Swapper is a story about treating human beings as objects. It features interesting puzzles and multiplayer based around never-before-seen game mechanics blended with an ambiguous storyline embedded directly into and told throughout the game.”You can read up on what Indie Fund make of The Swapper right here, for more information you’re better off checking out the official website.You may be interested in: ‘Q.U.B.E.’ Returns Investment To ‘Indie Fund’ In Just 4 Days, Console Version Planned Indie Fund Have Updated Their Investment Model ‘Dear Esther’ Pays Off Indie Fund Loan In Less Than Six Hours Portal-esque Q.U.B.E. Releases December 16, Thanks To Indie Fund W3i Offer $10 Million Marketing Fund For Indies To Take On AAA Giants

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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Nordic Game Indie Night 2012 Is Still After Your Submissions

Nordic Game Indie Night 2012 Is Still After Your SubmissionsBackFebruary 29th, 2012 | By Chris PriestmanTagged in: indie night | nordic game | showcase | submissions The good folks behind Nordic Game Conference and Copenhagen Game Collective announced the third annual Nordic Game Indie Night showcase at the beginning of February, with a deadline of Match 12th for submissions. They have just extended that deadline though so there is more time for prospective projects to be handed in.By submitting your game, you understand that it will be judged to be part of the Nordic Game Indie Night showcase which kicks off the Nordic Game Conference on May 23rd in Malmö, Sweden. Those that are picked will then be further judged by the audience who can play the selection on the show floor, one will then be crowned the 2012 Nordic Indie Sensation.There is no entry fee, nor will your IP be stolen and all entries will be kept confidential.

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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Preview ‘Minecraft’ 1.2 Right Now, Official Release On March 1st

The new development head of Minecraft, Jen Bergensten, has released a preview version of Minecraft 1.2 which you can download and play right now, or wait until the official release tomorrow if you have more patience than that.The 1.2 version of Minecraft has been anticipated for quite some time now. While we do not know all of the new features the update will add, you can attempt to spot them by playing it right now. The full changelog will be be released tomorrow as March 1st is the date of the official release. However, there is a comprehensive list of all the snapshots right here which will be combined as one update tomorrow.The release of the preview version of the update is detailed here, where Jens says:“We plan to release Minecraft 1.2 tomorrow, but you can already check it out by downloading and installing it like a weekly snapshot!”So here are the download links for you to save you any more needless clicking.Client: http://assets.minecraft.net/1_2/minecraft.jarServer: http://assets.minecraft.net/1_2/minecraft_server.jarYou can find out more information about Minecraft on the official website where you can also pick up your own copy if you haven’t already.You may be interested in: Zombies Can Break Down Doors In Upcoming ‘Minecraft’ Update Minecraft to be Released on Microsoft’s XBLA in 2012 New Trailer And Gameplay Footage For ‘Vessel’, Confirmed March 1st PC Release Minecraft Is Officially Released: A Salute To Indie Games ‘Minecraft’ LEGO Set Is On The Way

Original Source: Preview ‘Minecraft’ 1.2 Right Now, Official Release On March 1st

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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A. MAZE Indie Games Award 2012 Now Open For Submissions

The doors are now open for hopeful developers to submit their game to the A MAZE. Indie Games Award 2012 in hope of being internationally recognised and receiving that nifty cash prize.Taking place as part of the Deutsche Gamestage 2012 in Berlin from April 26th to the 27th, the A MAZE. Indie Games Award 2012 will be given to the “Most Amazing Indie Game” as picked by the event’s high profile international jury.

Original Source: A. MAZE Indie Games Award 2012 Now Open For Submissions

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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US Xbox Dashboard Update Puts Indie Games At The Fore

A dashboard update for Xbox 360s in the US has transformed the menus entirely, making things look a lot neater and a lot easier to navigate. In a surprising twist, the update also puts an indie game channel right under people’s noses too.Should we choke on our own words? There have been many complaints about the Xbox Dashboard update in December which was argued to have put indie games in an obscure place behind various sub menus. There was even a petition for a proper indie games channel on the Xbox Dashboard started only a few days ago.Now, all of a sudden, the most recent Dashboard update which rolled out yesterday has completely reconfigured the game marketplace in US territories only.

Original Source: US Xbox Dashboard Update Puts Indie Games At The Fore

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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Will You Sign This Petition For An Indie Games Channel On Xbox Live?

Mike Smith, a concerned games journalist, has started up a petition that he plans to present to Microsoft so that they give indie games their very own channel on Xbox Live. He’s asking for 1,000 signatures, do you feel strongly enough about this to sign your support?This has been due for a while now. Indie games on Xbox Live have always had a hard time due to the open nature of the platform which is happy to home just about any old thing. However, back in early December 2011, Microsoft updated the Dashboard which put the indie game marketplace further away from the default page, some argue, further into obscurity.

Original Source: Will You Sign This Petition For An Indie Games Channel On Xbox Live?

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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‘Little Indie’ Celebrates The Release Of 6 New Indie Games

‘Little Indie’ Celebrates The Release Of 6 New Indie GamesBackFebruary 9th, 2012 | By Chris PriestmanTagged in: announcement | distribution | little indie | promotion | trailer Little Indie launched in the fall of 2011 with a delightful little lineup, now they have added 6 more titles to their store front and are preparing for a big 2012 and have celebrated with a trailer.Still only bearing 10 titles in all, Little Indie really is living up to its name – that is about to change though. Now that they have opened up their store front they are seeing an increase in interest from developers.“To bring even more games to the portal, the client has been extended to support full DRM free titles”, says Little Indie. “These don’t require a connected client or even the client running at all.”With this move, the distribution site is much more appealing to developers, as can be witnessed with the announcement of 6 new games that are now available to purchase over on Little Indie:Pitman Spring Up Harmony High Tech Racing Baby Jones Drag Rally 2 Planet of the Eights More information on Little Indie can be found on the official website.You may be interested in: First Titles From Sony’s Indie Game Investment Set for Release Game Prototype Challenge Celebrates Anniversary Record! Check Out The Games! GoG To Start Distributing Indie Games Must-Have Indie Games On Sale At GamersGate ‘Pudding Panic’ Celebrates Game Of The Year Nominations With Free Download |More

Original Source: ‘Little Indie’ Celebrates The Release Of 6 New Indie Games

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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Happy New Year! It’s Going To Be a Wild 2012

I’ll keep this relatively short. I just want to wish everybody a happy 2012 and I hope that your New Year’s Eve was either memorable or at least enjoyable. Whether it was out at a party/event or just hanging at home playing some games. No matter. I also hope that if you did go out you got home safely. Nobody wants to start off a year with a bad memory.


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Discussionware: The Future of Indie Games Distribution

I spoke on this a little bit earlier this week with my post on indie game bundles, but now I’m broadening the subject a little bit. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good discussion on game economics and distribution?


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Desura Linux Game Client Now Available

Whoa there? Linux as an actual, factual gaming platform? What kind of space aged, year 3000 world do we live in? The answer to that is an awesome one. Linux users today now have one awesome choice for gaming on their OS of choice and that option is Desura, the indie Steam-like alternative digital distribution service.