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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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Mod Spotlight – Death Wish for Blood

 

Squeaking in at JUST past the Halloween deadline, but still plenty horrific. It’s the season for the dead to walk, and we’re not just talking zombies. Forgotten games long since buried are clawing their way to the surface, ready to take a bite out of players and offer a gory heap of spooky fun for those willing to think a little more old-school. Today, Death Wish is released, a full length new campaign for classic ’2.5d’ FPS Blood.


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More Great Zombie Grinder Screenshots

A couple days ago I reported on a game seeking some funding that’s called Zombie Grinder. At a glance, it’s similar to Konami’s classic SNES title: Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Which just so happens to be one of the games that nurtured my love for zombies…

So you can see why I’m genuinely so excited about the game as it promises much of what I loved about Zombies Ate My Neighbors but on the PC and with online multiplayer. It’s essentially a better way to relive my childhood SNES memories of yore (by the way I still have that cartridge here somewhere!).

Unfortunately, when I wrote up the post the other day I didn’t actually have many resources aside from the 8-Bit Funding video. Luckily, I was able to find the game’s moddb.com profile where there are a slew of extra screenshots, which I am now sharing with you.

So enjoy the screenshots. Again the guys are only looking for a scant $700 so if you can swing a buck or two for this amazing looking zombie shooter that would be great!

If not, then simply enjoy the screenshots (below) and be sure to follow the guys on ModDB.

[ModDB, 8-Bit Funding]

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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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Mod Spotlight – FUEL: Refueled. Open-World Racing Revived

A range of new Vista Points make the game even more picture-postcard pretty.

A range of new Vista Points make the game even more picture-postcard pretty.

Some games never had a chance to achieve their full, immense potential, being rushed out or otherwise abandoned shortly after release. FUEL was one of them. A post-apocalyptic, freeform racing game set across an astoundingly huge game-world wracked by environmental catastrophe. It looked great, but the gameplay was unbalanced, the campaign awkwardly structured, the vehicle handling often strange and unsatisfying, and the AI wonky and prone to suicidal charges headlong into trees. It had a litany of issues, and while the game found a dedicated fanbase, reviews ranged from the cautiously positive to the outright scathing.


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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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Temple Of Elemental Evil Revival Continues Thanks To The ‘Circle of Eight’ Modpack

The ToEE itself becomes more dangerous with the Modpack, as defenders organize against you.

The Temple of Elemental Evil itself becomes more dangerous with the Modpack, as defenders organize against you. No more waltzing in the back door this time.

Troika was a troubled studio. They made some of the finest PC RPGs ever (including Vampire: Bloodlines and Arcanum), but every single one of their releases was rushed out, buggy, unbalanced, and in many cases just plain unfinished. The Temple of Elemental Evil ($6 at GOG.com) was probably the game that suffered the most. Rushed to release, hacked up by a censorious publisher at the 11th hour, and generally a bit of a shambles.


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Vote for Your Favorite Indie/Mod of 2010

IOTY_2010The guys over at ModDB and IndieDB have kicked off their usual yearly awards that picks out the cream of the crop of both the mod scene and the indie scene. Only this time there’s a unique twist: us.

While past events have focused largely around simply getting players involved in picking their favorites of the year, this year also includes a number of press members in what they call the “Panel’s Choice.” Being that we are one of the more popular indie-centric blogs on the internet these days, we were naturally chosen to be apart of this amazing contest. Hooray!

Of course, that doesn’t mean that your role in this is tarnished at all. The people’s choice awards are still alive and kickin’ and the guys over at ModDB/IndieDB are asking for you to find your favorite mod or indie game (over 500) and vote on them. From there the top 50 games will head over to phase two of the contest where the real competition begins.

It’s an exciting contest not only for indie developers but also for the community and I highly recommend that you check it out and vote for your favorite indie game of 2010.

[IndieDB, ModDB]


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Sounds Tasty: Amnesia Mod ‘Cannibalism’ Released

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With Frictional’s immersive horror gem Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its level edtitor out for a couple months now, I was beginning to wonder where all the mod love was. The vanilla version is a total fright, and I assumed modders would pounce all over the chance to create something stylistically darker than what’s typically available to tinker with.

That’s why I’m pleased to pass along word that ModDB user Anzki4 has come out with ‘Cannibalism’ one of, if not the first publicly released Amnesia mod, available now for owners of the full title. The plot overall is quite similar to the base game. You have forgotten much of what has occurred to bring you to an eerie and mysterious mansion, except for reasons unknown you are in pursuit of the owner of the establishment.

The file is available for download now via ModDB, weighing in at just under 7 MB. If you’re looking for what can be done with the already unsettling atmosphere of the game be sure to check it out, and for modders with a copy of Amnesia on hand: give us some more terrifying adventures will ya?


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What’s the Crysis?: Call of the Fireflies [Mod]

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Modder ClemCorwin has announced the release of The Call of the Fireflies, a puzzle-based single-player mod for the 1.2 version of Crysis now available to download and play.

The mod takes away the guns, explosions and nanosuits from the vanilla version of the game. Exchanging the fast paced combat for a more exploratory experience.

You play as an old man who trails mysterious fireflies through mountains, caves, villages and across other more treacherous terrain. You’ll use different kinds of mechanisms to open paths, and battle to stay in good health amongst the cold of Winter.

An updated version of The Call of the Fireflies is available to download now via ModDB. (143.38 MB) and is of course free for all Crysis (v1.2) owners.