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Dragon Fin Soup — Add Some Cash to the Pot

Dragon Fin Soup is a game from the dev team Grimm Bros, and so, rather fittingly, features characters reminiscent of classic fairy tales. The main character, Red Robin, is a callback to Little Red Riding..

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Dragon Fin Soup — Add Some Cash to the Pot


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Planets³ — Don’t Be Square, Back a Square

Okay, so technically you’re backing cubes, but that’s hardly the point. The point was my bad joke The point is that Planets3, a new voxel-based game from the developers at Cubical Drift, has just begun its Kickstarter (in case..

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Planets³ — Don’t Be Square, Back a Square


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Proven Lands

Proven Lands is an impressive exploration-focused, science-fiction sandbox roguelike currently on Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight. Still in its early stages, the game’s tech demo is already pretty impressive, allowing your spaceman to roam vast procedurally..

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Proven Lands


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Global Game Jam 2014 Brings Thousands of New Games

Global Game Jam 2014 closed its doors yesterday with over 4000 games made in 48 hours. More than 23,000 participants across 72 countries lost countless hours of sleep as they imagined, invented, and built new..

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Global Game Jam 2014 Brings Thousands of New Games


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Wasteland 2 arrives on Steam Early Access

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Wasteland 2, the much-anticipated RPG sequel from Brian Fargo’s indie development studio inXile Entertainment, is now available on Steam Early Access for Windows PCs, priced $59.99/£29.99/€44.99.

The game did very well when it sought funding on Kickstarter last year, coming in with a final total of $2,933,252 – an impressive 326% of their original goal of $900,000.

The game is only in beta at the moment, but as with all Early Access games, buyers will receive all future updates for free. The price of the final game will apparently be lower according to the developer, but for you money you do also get an updated version of the 1988 original, a copy of the original soundtrack, digital novellas and a digital concept art book to sweeten the deal, and those extras are exclusive to Early Access backers.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future version of America, the game has you and your band of Desert Rangers fighting to survive in the wilderness of South Midwestern States. Combat is tile and turn-based, pitting you against all sorts of mutants, other survivors and feral wildlife. The original is famous for being inspiration behind the popular Fallout franchise.

Watch the Early Access teaser below.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Wasteland 2 arrives on Steam Early Access


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Device Spotlight: Woojer – Feel The Sound

As a PC gamer who pretty much gets all my gaming done through a mouse & keyboard, or on my tablet, I have forgotten what it’s like to feel the rumble of an outgoing artillery round, or the impact of a crash in a racing game. Short of hooking up a console controller to my PC, I receive absolutely no physical feedback.

A new device called Woojer, is set to solve that problem for PC and mobile gamers.

Woojer is a small, compact device that gamers hook up through the standard headphone socket that every mobile device sports. PC users simply plug it into their PC’s audio output socket, just as they would with a headset. Woojer bridges the connection between headsets and the device/PC, allowing users to sport their preferred headet while enjoying the effects of the device. The Woojer itself can be placed anywhere on the player’s body, and is silent while in use.

By providing the user the right physical feedback, the Woojer device can completely immerse the user in the moment taking place within the game. The device itself was thought up by a rock concert engineer who was frustrated that he and other music enthusiasts could not have the same physical sensations at home, as they could at live shows thanks to the massive speaker systems that pump out the bone-shaking frequencies.

During Woojer’s testing phases, the designer discovered that the device could benefit the hearing impaired, as it allows hearing impaired users to literally feel the sounds. It was also discovered that many gamers were playing games at dangerous audio levels, in an effort to compensate for their headphone’s lack of ability of producing that desirable deep rumble, iconic of subwoofers. With the Woojer, those gamers found they could play at much lower audio levels, as the Woojer provided them the feedback they wanted.

Currently, the designers of the Woojer have taken the device to Kickstarter, in an effort to generate $100,000 to get the device out on the market.

The Woojer has the potential to revolutionize the game industry’s peripheral scene. If it catches on with PC and mobile gamers, there is a high chance it could be seen brought to consoles as well. A few years down the road we could all be playing Titanfall with five of these devices strapped to our bodies. Taking enemy fire while in the mech suits would set the devices off, allowing players to feel the impact of being hit, while feeling the rumble of their own weaponry going off. The future of the Woojer is certainly full of possibilities.


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Dev Links: Dry Run

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In today’s Developer Links: Doing right by players with free-to-play and searching for the perfect indie gaming platform.

Where is the “perfect” indie gaming platform? (IndieGames.com)
“Not long ago, someone let the genie out of the bottle. Some say it was Apple, some say Steam, some might say XBLA, but it became clear after more than a decade of large publishers and soaring budgets that it was possible once again to do the unthinkable… to simply make your own damn game.”

Advanced Audio Streaming in Unity (Gamasutra)
“In the midst of making a simple casual game as part of a personal jam, Ben Long and Fredrik Kaupang uncovered a great trick for streaming audio in Unity.”

A blind gorilla with a fez walks up to a border checkpoint… (The Psychology of Video Games)
“Here, I’ve got a quick task for you. Assuming aces are worth 11, quickly double the value of each card below and add them up.”

Cosmic Star Heroine LV-Up ideas (Zeboyd Games)
“Gaining LVs is a crucial aspect of any RPG. There are RPGs where LV-Ups are completely predetermined (like Final Fantasy IV), RPGs where the player has a huge degree of freedom in how they build their characters (like your typical Shin Megami Tensei title) and there’s everything in between. Each system has its own strengths & weaknesses. Of course, with Cosmic Star Heroine we’re hoping to maximize those strengths and minimize those weaknesses.”

High quality photos of our California Extreme demo (Lost Decade Games)
“The live demo was so much fun! Big thanks to our friend Ricky for taking these excellent photos!”

Ithaka Update #2 (Jonas Kyratzes)
“The time we spent in Greece was great for Ithaka of the Clouds. Verena did a lot of drawing every day and, after some stylistic experiments, finished most of the images for the first part of the game. Yes, the game is divided into parts… but I really don’t want to spoil this stuff for you, so I won’t tell you everything. The first part is not the biggest part of the game, but it is fairly extensive and very important to the story, and being able to engage with it as we did in Greece really helped us to further define and shape what the game will be about.”

Supercell: “You have to do what’s right for players” (Games Industry)
“Ilkka Paananen calls for free-to-play developers to be pro-active”

There’s nothing like a tidy codebase (AltDevBlog)
“There you are! You, yes you! Been tasked with a new feature or a change, to the code or a script, to be done by yesterday, haven’t you?”


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IGM Let’s Try – ‘Mercenary Kings’

In this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them.

Mercenary Kings website – http://mercenarykings.com/
Early Access game (Steam) – http://store.steampowered.com/app/218…

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Source: The Indie Game Magazine – IGM Let’s Try – ‘Mercenary Kings’


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Dev Links: The Gathering

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Today’s Developer Links include several articles with meaningful data and/or advice for devs in general.

YouTube Studies The Impact Of Gaming And Delivers Compelling Statistics (GameInformer)
“YouTube has issued its first white paper (a document designed to help constituents understand a particular issue), titled “Gamers on Youtube: Evolving Video Consumption,” and the subject is near and dear to our hearts. Google’s ubiquitous video branch has quantified the impact of video games, and the statistics evidence significant growth in comparison to other content hosted by the service.”

Game Designer Is Hometown Hero to Burglarized Game Store (Kotaku)
“About a week ago, burglars completely wiped out the stock of I Got Game, an independent game store in Ogdensburg, N.Y., a town of about 10,000 on the St. Lawrence River. The store hadn’t even been open a month. Nothing was insured. The owner was in a daze. Then Brenda and John Romero walked in the door. They make video games. They know a lot of people who make video games, too. They figured they could help.”

Win Win Win for Eufloria HD! (Omni Systems)
“A few months ago we submitted Eufloria HD for something called the Big Chip Awards. They are the main UK awards for digital agencies outside London and are hotly contested. They had a (best use of) games category so we decided to have a go. We were allowed to enter two categories so also entered the design one because, well, why not?!”

June Postmortem (Unknown Worlds)
“Each month, the Unknown Worlds office hosts the ‘Post-Mortem,’ an opportunity for bay area developers to get together and talk all things games. People show off prototypes, share their latest ideas, and discuss design, business, programming and art.”

The Right to the University (Jonas Kyratzes)
“I’ve certainly never made a secret of the fact that I didn’t particularly enjoy the process of getting an education. Wait, let me be clearer: I hated school. I really fucking hated it. I didn’t want to be there.”

Queer character classes (Auntie Pixelante)
“Here are some avatars i was commissioned to create for the gaymerconnect forums. a friend of mine suggested that the existing avatars that users had to choose from all skewed male – androgynous male, yeah, but as a trans woman she wasn’t comfortable wearing that as an avatar. so, i tried to fill in the blanks with a bunch of feminine, femme and genderqueer identities.”

Playing with friends equals gaming success (MCV)
“Oslo Albet, creator of co-operative puzzle game Fireboy and Watergirl, discusses how allowing kids and parents to play together can help spread word of your latest title”

The Genius of the Game Design in Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (Zeboyd Games)
“Let’s discuss the design of Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine for a bit, shall we?”

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Dev Links: The Gathering


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IGM Let’s Try- ‘Ocean City Racing’

Ocean City Racing is an open world driving game powered by Unreal Engine 3.

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Source: The Indie Game Magazine – IGM Let’s Try- ‘Ocean City Racing’