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Minecraft-Like Xbox Live Indie FortressCraft Surpasses 500K Sales

September 19, 2011 12:00 PM | Michael Rose

fortresscraft.jpgFortressCraft, the Xbox Live Indie Game inspired by Mojang's popular PC title Minecraft, surpassed half a million sales in total over the weekend.

The developer of the game revealed the news via Twitter, noting that it is the first Xbox Live Indie Game to reach this milestone.

"After only 163 days of being available, I'm incredibly proud for FortressCraft [to] finally sell that magic half-million; thank you everyone," developer DjArcas said.

He also explained that, as of yet, the development team hasn't received any money from sales of the game.

At launch, FortressCraft saw over 16,000 sales within the first 24 hours after being available via XBLIG, with 70 percent of users who downloaded the demo going on to purchase the game.

Last month, the development team revealed that the game had seen over 400,000 sales, with more than $1 million made, breaking the record for highest-grossing XBLIG to date.

8-Bit Funding Projects: Octopede (Orbital Games)

September 19, 2011 6:00 AM | Tim W.


Octopede (no relation to Octodad) is an upcoming remake of the classic Snake game with glowy graphics and multiplayer modes, set to be released on the Xbox Live Indie Games service and Windows platform when it's done. The single-player campaign in Octopede tells the story of a hacker (i.e. you) sent into a computer to gather data by chomping on them. The computer doesn't like what you're doing to its database, so a host of enemies is sent out to destroy the intruding worm before all of the data is stolen away.

The development team is currently seeking funds to complete the project, and they're offering free copies of Octopede to anyone who donates a minimum of $4 in support of their cause. A beta is available to play right now if you send Orbital Games a request via mail, or just register at this page and they'll get back to you as soon as they can.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of September 16

September 16, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Volition, ReSpawn Entertainment, Square Enix, Sega, and more.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused alternative gaming news, independent games, and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Volition: Lead Combat Designer:
"Volition is one of THQ’s premier internal game development studios. We are the creators of such franchises as Saints Row, Red Faction, and the Descent/Freespace series. We have most recently released the highly successful Saints Row 2 and Red Faction Guerrilla. We offer a casual work environment, a comprehensive benefits package, and the opportunity to have fun developing awesome games."

Respawn Entertainment: QA Lead:
"Founded in 2010, Respawn Entertainment is an independent video game development studio based in Van Nuys, California that will focus on creating state-of-the-art gaming experiences for global audiences. The studio was formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella, former co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise."

Indiecade Festival Names 36 Finalists For October Show

September 16, 2011 9:00 AM | Michael Rose

indiecade.jpgThe organizers of the fifth annual Indiecade Festival have chosen 36 finalists from nearly 450 indie game submissions to be playable on the event's GameWalk October 8 and 9 in Culver City, CA.

The chosen titles range from professional projects like Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip Flux to more amateur efforts like Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure, a game designed by Untold Entertainment founder Ryan Creighton's five-year-old daughter at the annual TOJam festival.

Other prominent entrants include Superbrothers' iOS exploration title Sword & Sworcery EP, Demruth's surreal first-person puzzler Anitchamber, Polytron Corp.'s 2D/3D hybrid platformer Fez and fast-paced Rogue-like Desktop Dungeons.

All 36 finalists will be up for prizes at a Red Carpet Awards ceremony to be held Thursday, October 6.

Last year's IndieCade Festival saw 32 finalists, with prize winners including Terry Cavanagh's gravity-defying platform title VVVVVV and "documentary game" The Cat and the Coup.

The 2011 finalists are listed just after the cut, and a full listing with detailed descriptions of each title is available at the IndieCade web site.

Best of GameSetWatch: From Jeff Goldblum To Zanda: Linked Swords

September 14, 2011 7:00 PM | Eric Caoili

[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from IndieGames.com's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including the release of Zanda: Linked Swords on iOS, a humorous message to gamers from Jeff Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and overreactions to the Nintendo 3DS Expandion Slide Pad reveal.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Who Needs iOS Zelda When There's Zanda: Linked Swords By Top Best Adult Entertainment? - Since the chances of Nintendo porting any of its beloved franchises to a rival platform like iOS are next to nil, the closest thing you can get to playing Nintendo-style games is downloading homages and knock-offs from other developers, like Zanda: Linked Swords.

Jeff Goldblum With A Message For Gamers - This is what you seen when you complete The Lost World: Jurassic Park for the PS1 and Sega Saturn, based upon the movie of the same name obviously. The thing is, he plays no actual role in the game. The producers specifically got one of the film's stars to make a surprise appearance, and what does he do? Insults the player.

Austin Film Festival To Showcase 20+ Indie Games

September 14, 2011 12:00 AM | Tim W.

Independent game showcase event Fantastic Arcade will return to Austin's Fantastic Fest film festival, show organizers announced Tuesday.

The event will feature over twenty games showcased throughout the festival's four days, along with tournaments, panel discussions and special events.

The festival will also play host to live developer commentary as they play their games live on screen.

The following games will be on permanent display throughout the festivities:

Capsized (Alientrap)
Faraway (Little--Eyes)
Fez (Polytron)
FRACT (Phosfiend Systems)
Jesus VS. Dinosaurs (Martin Jonasson, Petri Purho)
Octodad (Team Octodad)
Radical Fishing (Vlambeer)
Skulls of the Shogun (Haunted Temple Studios)

Other titles will also be showcased throughout the four days, including Zach Gage's Bit Pilot, Shadow Planet Productions' Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, among others.

The event is being curated by Independent Games Festival chairman Brandon Boyer along with Mike Plante and Eddo Stern, and is sponsored by Sony's PlayStation Network.

"Fantastic Arcade is a direct bridge between the worlds of independent gaming and genre filmmaking," said Plante. "Gaming and film both use genre and artistic style to tell stories and create memorable experiences that excite audiences around the world. These two mediums embody what the Fantastic Fest and Arcade are all about."

Fantastic Arcade takes place September 22 through 25 in Austin, Texas. More information on the Fantastic Fest website.

[This post originally appeared on Gamasutra and was written by Frank Cifaldi.]

Sense of Wonder Night 2011 Live Streaming This Friday 16th

September 13, 2011 6:00 AM | Tim W.


It was announced yesterday on Tokyo Game Show's official site that the entire SOWN 2011 presentations will be live streamed this Friday, starting at 5.30pm Japan time. The ten presenters will be at the event to demonstrate their games to a live audience, with Japanese-English and English-Japanese translations to be conducted on stage during the presentations as well.

Now in its fourth year running, SOWN is an annual event that aims to discover new and unconventional game concepts that "catch people by surprise and give them a Sense of Wonder -- a sense that something will change in their world -- right at the instant of seeing or hearing the concept."

SOWN's presentations are based on the Game Developers Conference's Experimental Gameplay Workshop format, allowing each developer to take the stage, demonstrate and explain the project, and answer questions for around ten minutes.

The selected games and their presenters for the night are as follows:

Eufloria (PSN) - Rudolf Kremers, Alex May, Brian Grainger
I'm Gonna Be God of the Forest - isao
Inside a Star-filled Sky - Jason Rohrer
KuraKuraMaze - Yoshimi Kurihara
Leedmees - Orihara Nagayo
Q.U.B.E. - Daniel Da Rocha
reflow - Frederik Maucksch and Matthias Wolff
Solstice - Jordan Hemenway
Incredipede - Colin Northway
Taplib - Yanagihara Takayuki

The SOWN presentations will take place on September 16 from 17:30-20:00 in Room 201, Makuhari Messe of the International Conference Hall. The Tokyo Game Show itself will occur September 15-18, as the annual expo aims to become "The World's Largest Event."

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of September 9

September 9, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Riot Games, Turbine, Unknown Worlds Entertainment, and more.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused alternative gaming news, independent games, and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Inc.: UI/FX Artist:
"Unknown Worlds is an independent game company in downtown San Francisco, CA. Our goal is simple, but not easy - to unite the world through play. We believe multiplayer games can bring people together, especially through diverse player roles. Previously, we've worked on titles such as Titan Quest, Titan Quest: Immortal Thone, Empire Earth (two million copies sold), Mindrover (PC Gamer 89%), and Lair. We made and released Natural Selection for Half-Life in 2002, which was played for over 2 billion player-minutes and put us on the map."

Disney Online Studios: Game Designer:
"Disney Online Studios produces immersive, online virtual worlds for kids and families, filled with games, adventures, parties, and special events. Guided by an unwavering commitment to safety and creativity, Disney Online Studios' virtual worlds offer continuously updated content and endless hours of online fun in rich, story-based environments with properties such as Disney Club Penguin, the #1 kids' virtual world destination and the newly launch World of Cars Online, based on the popular Disney*Pixar franchise."

Best of GameSetWatch: From Fox News To Theater Of The Arcade

September 7, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from IndieGames.com's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including a comical segment on green/indie/educational games by Fox News, a review of NYCFringe's Theater Of The Arcade performances, and more.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Fox News Takes On Green/Indie Games: 'Is This Promoting Education Or Just A Liberal Agenda?' - I'm sure no one expected to see video of Thatgamecompany's Flower or mentions of Molleindustria's McDonald's Video Game on Fox News of all places, but that's exactly what appeared on the cable channel earlier this week in a segment titled "Video Games Go Green"!

Chinese Theme Park, Arcade Games Knock Off Angry Birds - Window of the World Park, an amusement park in Changsha, China, is putting the popularity of Rovio's Angry Birds franchise to use in its attractions by featuring cut-out-boards (for photographs), a real-life game based on the puzzler, and more -- all unauthorized, of course.

XBL Indie Game Pick: Train Frontier Express

September 7, 2011 3:00 PM | Michael Rose

I'm not a huge fan of trains. Living in the UK means that I usually associate trains with delays and hanging around stations when I'd rather just be home. It's OK though, because Train Frontier Express lets you build huge landscapes with winding tracks all over the place, and then blow up trains. Call it revenge.

My first 5 minutes of play were filled with resentment, but once I had some track down, some forests and a nice little village to plough through, I was content. OK, so it's not all about crashing things - this is a train simulator with tons of different objects to place down, dozens of trains and carriages to stick on the track, and terrain-altering abilities for creating dangerous paths for your train excursions.

You can also go online with up to three friends and crash into each other! I only managed to get this going once with a couple of random strangers, but it was pretty fun. If you're looking for a fun little sandbox experience, Train Frontier Express could be exactly what you desire. Check it out in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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