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‘Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs/Dark Descent’, Featured In Spooky Music Bundle

The latest Games Music Bundle has arrived! This time, tying in the season, the bundle features an array of soundtracks perfect for Halloween.

Headlining the bundle are the soundtracks for both Amnesia titles as well as the soundtrack for Limbo, and non-indie titles Dead Space and Bloodrayne.

For a minimum of $1 buyers can pick up those five albums, but opting to pay a minimum of $10 gets buyers access to an additional nine soundtracks. Among the nine other albums are the soundtracks of Organ Trail, The Horror At MS Aurora, Home, and Penumbra.

The top contributors by the bundle’s end will receive awards which include a signed copy of the A Machine for Pigs score, a limited edition version of Limbo, and more.

The Games Music Bundle runs for two weeks.

Visit the bundle’s official website to learn more about the individual albums offered.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs/Dark Descent’, Featured In Spooky Music Bundle


Indie Weekend Sales: The Right Stuff


So many great indie deals, offers and sales this weekend it simply won’t let us slack off and not tell you about all of ‘em. Everyone is getting in the mix today, a couple of developers are taking the initiative themselves along with all four major digital distributors offering something for the indie connoisseur. Let’s take a look around.

Also remember that MMO Love and multiplayer shooter Altitude are free for anyone to play this weekend only.

Use the coupon code”PUZZLEPAX” and get 50% off Wadjet’s Puzzle Bots in celebration of the adventure game earning a PAX 10 Finalist spot.

Use the coupon code “INDIEPOWER” when pre-ordering Frozen Synapse and save $6.50, bringing the price down to $19.50. Remember they’re giving an extra copy to give to a friend seeing as its a head-to-head multiplayer title.

GamersGate is offering all of the Penumbra titles and bundles at 70% off (PC/Mac). Air racing sim Ikaro is 75% off and goes for just $7.50 instead of the $30 standard.

Over on Steam, Altitude is half off and goes for just $5 (PC/Mac). Railworks is $20 off with two pieces of DLC discounted as well. King Arthur is $18 cheaper and King Arthur – The Saxons goes for $6 offPuzzle Dimension sale is supposedly expired but it’s still going for 33% off its $10 tag.

Impulse is still offering the Gratuitous Space Battles Complete bundle (Game + All Available DLC) for $15 off.

Direct2Drive has a couple of deals on top of the same discount as GamersGate with the Penumbra Collection. They also offer Defense Grid for $6 instead of $10 and have slashed the Mount & Blade: Warband Bundle down to just $18 from $60.


Indie Links Round-Up: Socially Aware

Indie_Links_NDAOur latest set of Indie Links gathered from far and wide consists primarily of conversations and connections between developers/enthusiasts and gaming journos/bloggers. There’s really nothing more easy going out there than those who work in the indie slice of the industry. Often, both sides reach out to one another often to form both a business and personal relationship and we all benefit for it. Check out today’s picks.

The Worth(lessness) of NDAs (IndieFund)
“It’s been almost two weeks since we opened up the submission process and the response has been fantastic, if somewhat overwhelming. We’ve gotten over 70 applications so far and we’re working through them as best we can. Please be patient with us… we will get back to you. One thing that has come up a couple of times is a request to sign an NDA, and that’s actually the focus of this post. We do not sign NDAs and would like to share the rationale behind this decision.”

Inteview: Andrew Goulding on Jolly Rover (Martin Mulrooney, Philip Jong/Adventure Classic Gaming)
“Jolly Rover is the debut adventure game from indie developer Andrew Goulding and his company Brawsome. Goulding is no stranger to the games industry, having worked for years as a game tester, programmer, and producer. Although comedy pirate adventures are certainly not unique to the genre, Jolly Rover seems to have taken on a new twist to an old theme by casting all of the game’s main characters as canines. Indeed, it is this unique design choice that makes Goulding’s game different from the competition.”

Unity Giveaway Contest Winners (Henley/IndieDB)
“Our Unity contest has come to a close, with over 50 entries and 10 amazing finalists, the quality of entries has been amazing. We asked for original concepts and we had an amazing response but in the end there can only be 2 winners.”

Interview: Dejobaan Games’ Lambe, Jaitley On Doing Things A Little Different (Mike Rose/GameSetWatch)
“Mike Rose sits down with two of the principals from super-quirky independent developer Dejobaan Games — creator of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity and The Wonderful End of the World – to reference upcoming title ooo! ooO! oOO! OOO! and their unique way of approaching game creation.”

Talking Shop: Carpe Fulgur On Recettear (Alec Meer/RPS)
“The demo of Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is one of the best things I’ve played in a while. A Japanese indie game pitching an RPG shopkeeper as the star… well, you can read all that in the last post. Given the slightly unusual nature of the project – it’s only available here thanks to a third-party translation company- I thought I’d chat to said translators about the why, how, who and what next. Interesting stuff – there’s this whole vein of (slick) indie gaming that we otherwise hear nothing about. Take it away, Carpe Fulgur’s Andrew Dice.”

LIMBO Review (Jeff Mattas/Shacknews)
“Playdead’s action-based, puzzle-platformer, LIMBO, [is] out for Xbox LIVE Arcade and to put it bluntly: prepare to die!”

Tom Jubert Talks Projects, Plots, Penumbra (Lewis Denby/RPS)
“At the Develop Conference in Brighton last week, I had the opportunity to sit down for a beer and a chat with Tom Jubert, perhaps most famous for writing the excellent horror adventure series Penumbra. They’re dark and sinister games whose writing, and the structure of their storytelling, were often their strongest asset. Read on for Tom’s thoughts on the writing process, tales of game design tribulations, and his involvement in a major new title.”

Alhóndiga Bilbao Announces International hó Play Competition (Eric Caoili/GameSetWatch)
“Spanish culture and leisure center Alhóndiga Bilbao has announced hó Play, a new project that aims to present and promote video games that “stand out for their originality, creativeness, and innovation.”"

The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Delve Deeper (Justin McElroy/Joystiq)
“This week we talk Lunar Giant Studio’s Adam Eidukas (Lead Developer) and Neil Wickman (Creative Director / Lead Artist) about how Adam FULLY beat Final Fantasy with just the thief. … Oh, also they made a game.”

Interview: Riot Games’ co-founder talks about Season One of League of Legends (John Callaham/Big Download)
“The game didn’t get a lot of attention from the mainstream game industry or the media when it launched last October but today it looks like League of Legends has been a huge success for its developer/publisher Riot Games. The company made the free-to-play multiplayer RTS-action game with some of the people behind the popular WarCraft III mod Defense of the Ancients.”


Indie Weekend Sales: Choose Your Destiny

Indie-SalesIndie sales are plentiful this weekend, with seemingly every digital distributor getting involved. Let’s get right into it!

First some deals that deserve individual highlighting:

Though technically not a sale, Totally Tiny Arcade! is free until July 26. Go here for more info. Also remember that GamersGate has had a week long sale on good indie platformers, RPG’s and adventure games through Sunday as well. Oh, and as I mentioned in a previous post Eufloria is 50% off into the week.

Multiple outlets have the following titles on sale for half off, you get to choose a game and a vendor (this is the format we’re pulling this week so go with it):

Mount & Blade for $15 — SteamD2DImpulse – GamersGate

Mount & Blade: Warband for $15 — SteamD2D – ImpulseGamersGate

Mount & Blade Bundle — D2D ($30)GamersGate ($27.50)

Fort Zombie for $5 — D2DImpulseGamersGate

Penumbra Black PlagueD2D ($6.50)GamersGate ($5)

Penumbra Black Plague Gold Edition for $7.50 — Steam – GamersGate

Penumbra Requiem for $5 – D2D – GamersGate

Penumbra Collection for $10 — SteamD2D

Sword of the Stars for $5 — D2DGamersGate

Sword of the Stars: Argos Naval Yard for $4.50 — SteamD2DImpulse – GamersGate

Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood for $7.50 — GamersGate

Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows for $10 — GamersGate

Sword of the Stars Complete Collection for $15 — SteamD2DImpulse – GamersGate

Sword of the Stars Ultimate Collection for $15 — D2DGamersGate

Sword of the Stars Ultimate Naval Yard Edition for $19.50 — D2D

Other sales include:

Gratuitous Space Battles Complete for $26 (normally $41) and Quantz $6 (normally $10) on Impulse.


The Humble Indie Bundle Reaches $1M Goal, Source Releases Coming

AquariaSometime between when The Humble Indie Bundle was revealed over a week ago and when the initial purchases poured into the middle $100k range, four of the five developers participating promised if sales hit the million mark they would release their game’s source code for free. Well, there’s news today that the bundle sales have topped the goal, and as promised source code for Lugaru HD has been released, with ASAP releases in the works for Aquaria, Gish and Penumbra Overture.

The real-time stats on the page indicate that they’ve sold 121,439 bundles (so far, the sale is still on at time of this writing!) earning a total of $1,107,718–a $9.12 average contribution. Linux users were the most generous, paying an average of just under $15, while Mac users hovered around $10, with PC’ers parting with only 10% of the suggested price at $8.01 on average. Though perhaps the fabled $500 purchase came from a Linux owner which, combined with windows more than doubling the OS, would raise the average quite a bit.

Regardless, the only real losers in all of this are the ones contributing to the shockingly high 25% piracy rate, that’s about as blindly ignorant as it comes. I can’t (and won’t) leave you with bad news however, remember the charity element? Contributors chose to section off 31% of the earnings to donate towards Child’s Play and EFF, a total thus far of $342,942. Not bad for a week-long indie bundle promotion.


The Humble Indie Bundle Pay What You Want Charity Event

humble checkThere are a lot of great indie games and there are a lot of great charities. A group of indie developers have gotten together to put together a “Pay What You Want” charity event.

First of all, here are the games you’ll be getting: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra Overture. You get to pick exactly how much you want to pay for the five games, and you get to check who the money goes to, be it 50/50 Charity and Developers, All Charity, All Developers or even a custom split of your own choosing. The charities are Child’s Play and EFF.

You can be the jerk that pays a single penny (not to editorialize) or pay what one of the game’s would normally cost and split it between several sources. No matter what, everybody wins (except when you donate a penny).

Support some charities, support some developers, the Humble Indie Bundle is this week only. Head on over to its host page at Wolfire Games.


A Look at Amnesia: The Dark Descent’s Level Editor

Frictional Games, the small Swedish development studio, just released a new trailer showcasing the level editor for their upcoming game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. From conception to execution, the video shows just how easy it is to create and subsequently play out your own horrifying levels (ideally due to their spooky nature, not craftsmanship). It reminds me of the good old days of mapping out Doom levels to trade on floppy disks. It’s good to see such support for user input before the game is even out (currently slated for a 2010 release).

The Swedish team at Frictional is best known for the Penumbra series, chock full of atmospheric spookiness. Amnesia appears to follow that strong tradition of strong storytelling and control of tone.

You can check out the trailer all about homemade levels by bouncing on to the continued page.