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Freeware Game Pick – I Shall Remain: Prologue

Via press release we receive word that the first part of John Way’s top-down zombie survival RPG I Shall Remain is now available to download for free. The prologue is available for all on IndieDB, weighing in at just under a gig. Originally a Kickstarter effort that fell short of its goal, the lack of funding didn’t deter the Way’s team from going forward with the project, and now we have the first of those fruits with supposedly more in the works. Good on them I say.


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Heroes, Multiplayer, Beta and More… the BIG Towns Interview

We’ve covered Towns here on DIYGamer.com in the past. It’s a rather unique city simulation/RPG/Dwarf Fortress-type game that has really caught on with the indie gaming community. And for good reason too! It’s quite fun!


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IndieDB’s Top 100 Games of 2011 Unveiled

Earlier this month we wrote about IndieDB’s annual indie game contest where in they allowed you, the fans, to go to their website and vote on your favorite games. It’s really quite the fun little contest, especially when we get to see all the dark horses arise in the aftermath… like now!


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Second Annual IndieDB Awards Going On Now! Vote For Your Favorite Indies of 2011


2011 Indie of the Year Awards via Indie DB

We’re big fans of IndieDB here at DIY HQ. In fact, we’re pretty much BFFs at this point. And by that I mean, we love/stalk them while they pretend not to be nervous when we’re around. It’s a unique relationship… Anyway, they’ve just kicked off their second annual indie game awards and, as with last year, they need you to help them figure it all out.


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Desura Developing Linux Support

For how gracious Linux users have proven to be to the gaming industry (specifically indies), it is a bit of a bummer to see them left out in so many areas where PC and Mac are not. Thanksfully, a post on IndieDB from Keith Poole, Desura Linux Engineer/self-appointed NPC, reveals plans to reconcile a bit by announcing support for the often overlooked OS — already well in the works and coming soon to the up-and-coming digital distributor.

Keith shares some early sign-in screen mock-ups in Linux (pictured above) as the first visual proof. No release window was mentioned, but Poole promises to keep us all updated with new info and screenshots. Certainly an awesome development considering how other digital distributors have floundered, waffled and pretty much failed on all fronts to deliver Linux support.

Our friend and, founder of the ModDB network, Scott Reismanis is flying into my neck of the woods for E3 and has agreed to meet-up for another chat with DIYGamer, if you have any questions for Scott about any of his properties (IndieDB, Desura, ModDB) let us know by commenting below!


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The Happy Path is Anything But

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This past weekend was the Global Game Jam, a yearly event which tasks teams of developers to create a game in under 48 hours. It’s an arduous task that has developers forgoing sleep and food, on some occassions, in order to complete their game on time. Oh and there’s also a theme, for which this past GGJ’s theme was “extinction.”

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be able to visit my own city’s (Portland, OR) game jam, speak with the developers and see what they were working on. All of them were creating fantastic games and I hope to be able to get a piece on my own experiences with the even sometime next week.

Anyway, I bring up this post today because I’ve just played an intersting GGJ “game” that takes a more direct path to expressing this year’s theme. The game is called “Happy Path and believe me when I tell you that it’s anything but.

As a first person game, everything starts out simple enough. You wander along a path with sunshine and lollypops all along the way. Everything is happy, as the title suggests, and even the narrator of the game is happy enough to give you a tour of what he hopes to add into the game at a later date, post-GGJ. About five minutes into the path, however, things start to take a turn for the worst…

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but needless to say the happy little path that the developer created soon becomes a hellish nightmare for all the inhabitants of said Happy Land. Oh and fans of Minecraft will love the end “villain.”

For a game made in 48 hours I was quite impressed with what the developer chose to do for his theme on extinction, hence why I’m sharing it on DIYGamer. It only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish so, if you’ve got the time, I’d suggest giving this game a play.

[IndieDB]


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A Dark Comedy Point & Click… Snakes of Avalon

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It’s been a while since I’ve played a decent point & click adventure game. Probably since Time Gentlemen, Please! Still though, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them anymore, they just a bit more rare than I’d prefer, well, unless you happen to enjoy a game company by the name of TellTale Games.

Anyway, I’m writing about this because during my usual crawl through IndieDB I came across what looks to be an unique, dark comedy point & click adventure game. Something that I’ve enjoyed since my younger days playing Maniac Mansion and King’s Quest.

The game is called Snakes of Avalon and seems to be focused around an alcoholic named Jack who’s gotten himself tied up with some devious affair involving murders. You play as Jack as he stumbles, drunkenly, from place to place attempting to retell his story to what seems like the authorities in the beginning cut scene. It seems like a dark, yet trippy comedic ride.

Snakes of Avalon is available right now for free, and features some really good atmospheric music. If you’re looking for a free adventure game to play, I recommend giving this one a look.

[IndieDB]

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Videos & Audio – Snakes of Avalon Game – Indie DB


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Desura, the Indie Digital Distribution Site, is Now Open

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Big news from our buddies at ModDB/IndieDB as their newest project Desura has finally been launched to anybody who wants in (up until now it was in a private beta). Hooray!

For those who don’t know what Desura is exactly, think of it as a Steam-like community dedicated to buying/downloading indie games and mods. In reality, it’s not very different from what is already out there. That said, however, Desura’s primary strength lies in it’s already robust communities in ModDB and IndieDB.

So check it out! There’s already a wealth of games and mods available on the service.

[Desura]


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Daily Indie Links Round Up #2

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Okay so maybe #2 isn’t the best title, but until I get the hang of this it’ll have to do. I’m still trying to work out the best way to organize links and find ones that seem fitting for such a post. Anyway, we’ve got a couple of Minecraft related posts, a nice “Pick of the Week” post about a game called Galaxy on Fire, and a review of an adorably charming game called Temporal, amongst others. So, sit back and click away!

Scribblecraft mod gives Minecraft that hand-drawn look – Ever wanted to see what Minecraft would look like if it were hand drawn? This is the skin for you. (Joystiq)

2200 Minecraft Skins In Four Minutes – On a related note, Kotaku found a rather charming video that showcases 2200 Minecraft skins in under 4 minutes. Interesting, to say the least. (Kotaku)

STEW’S PICK OF THE WEEK: GALAXY ON FIRE – A nice preview of a space flight sim. These are actually pretty rare these days, for some reason. Reminds me of the old Tie Fighter game. (Indie Game Magazine)

Temporal - An amazingly charming game that unfortuantely didn’t get much attention when it was released over two years ago. Seriously, the game looks gorgeous in that childlike wonder sort of way. (TIGSource)

The end of the voting! – IndieDB’s voting for the top 100 Indie Games has come to a close. Winners will be announced soon. (IndieDB)

And that’s all I could find today. If you find something you want me to share in the next links round up don’t hesitate to email me or leave a comment here!


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Freeplay Pick: Alien Arena, a free online FPS

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Earlier today I brought you a free RTS, and now I’m bringing you a free FPS. Today’s games just keep getting better, don’t they?

Alien Arena is an online FPS game, although not quite like what you’re probably used to from today’s Halo and Call of Duty FPS games. Alien Arena serves a more retro crowd than that.

Utilizing id Tech2 source engine, Alien Arena brings back the heyday of the Quake 2 online multiplayer matches but with a host of additional features and gameplay. Here’s the description from the developer:

Alien Arena is a standalone game based off of the id Tech2 source that combines a sci-fi atmosphere with the tournament style deathmatch of Q3A and UT2k4. With major graphical enhancements such as GLSL per-pixel lighting, hi-res textures, light blooms, real time lights and shadows, textured particles, shaders, and reflective water, Alien Arena brings the Quake II engine into modern gaming. The game also includes mutators, adjustable effects, bot skill settings, and fully configurable deathmatch, team deathmatch, CTF, All Out Assault, Team Core Assault, Cattle Prod, and Deathball games.

The game comes with 60 maps with a “dark, sinister atmosphere combined with an off-the-wall campiness, and trippy, techno type music.”

A new version is planned to be released next week, but the game is currently 100% free and downloadable right now for Windows or Linux. Check it out via the link below.

[IndieDB]

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Videos & Audio – Alien Arena Game – Indie DB