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Browser Pick: repair the torn fabric of reality but Please Ignore The Dancing Llama

April 30, 2013 3:55 PM | Paul Hack

llama1.pngZayne Black of Games by Zed (AKA DedHedZed), developer of Flibble, knows a thing or two about the effective use of minimalism. Minimalism was the theme of Ludum Dare 26, so his 48 hour competition entry Please Ignore The Dancing Llama ticks all the right boxes and is one of the most complete and satisfying experiences of the many LD26 games I've played so far.

Kickstarter: Stonehearth, gorgeous sandbox strategy that also appeals to D&D fans

April 30, 2013 12:52 PM | John Polson

Tom Cannon, EVO fighting game tournament co-founder, emailed us to talk about his and his brother's passion project, which turns out is not a fighting game. Instead Stonehearth on Kickstarter is a combination of their love of complex simulations with the 16-bit feel of RPGs, wrapped in a sandbox strategy game with town building, crafting, and battles. The game initially will ship on Windows around September 2014, and is available at the $15 tier.

Game Dev Tycoon fights piracy with piracy

April 30, 2013 9:00 AM | Staff

Game-Dev-Tycoon-tile-wide-150x150.pngCounter-piracy measures can be a bone of contention among developers and publishers big and small. But indie studio Greenheart Games has come up with an inspired solution to bite back at pirates.

When Greenheart Games discovered that more than 90% of its players for its game development sim, Game Dev Tycoon, came by the title illegally, Greenheart responded by seeding its own cracked copy, with a not-so-subtle modification to its code.

"Initially we thought about telling them their copy is an illegal copy," Greenheart's Patrick Klug says. "But instead we didn't want to pass up the unique opportunity of holding a mirror in front of them and showing them what piracy can do to game developers."

Indie Tools: CraftStudio

April 30, 2013 5:10 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

With the full beta release of CraftStudio and its hefty new free version, there's absolutely no reason not to try the thing out and be impressed at what an excellently made offering it is. Even if you've never really considered making games that is, as CraftStudio does feel and work quite a bit like a game-making game. A more developer focused version of Minecraft if you will, though this an analogy that obscures the fact that this an actually powerful, unexpectedly versatile and utterly unique tool. Really, just have a look at the games it has already helped spawn.

Browser Pick: control time and gravity while busting up drug gangs in Quantum Corps

April 29, 2013 9:05 PM | Paul Hack

quantumcorps.pngIn the Detroit of the far future (2002 to be precise), gangs of illegal substance manufacturers have taken over the city. The police have assembled an elite unit of gangbusters to raid the drug factories and restore order in the streets: The Quantum Corps. As a member of this special squad, your weapons in the war against crime are time manipulation, gravity control, and a big gun.

November's GDC Next open for talk submissions

April 29, 2013 3:07 PM | John Polson

GDC Next.pngUBM Tech is announcing a call to present lectures, roundtables and panels at the inaugural Game Developers Conference Next (GDC Next) - with submissions open from now through Wednesday, May 29th.

Those who submit talks are being asked to present best practices across six tracks: Independent Games, The Future of Gaming, Next Generation Game Platforms, Free-to-Play & New Business Models, Smartphone and & Tablet Games, and Cloud Gaming.

GDC Next, which aims to highlight the 'state of the art' for the future of video games, is taking place simultaneously with the App Developers Conference on November 5th-7th, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Freeware Pick: Gears 'n Gators (Amon26), bloody chicken eating fun for two players

April 29, 2013 1:05 PM | Paul Hack

gearsgators.pngAmon26, developer of gothic creepfest Gyossait, announced a new game release via Twitter. It's called Gears 'n Gators, and it's a more lighthearted effort than his usual fare.The game's a lot of fun for two people, and a multitasking challenge for one.

Browser Pick: TRUNKED, a neo-noir adventure game thrill ride made with Twine

April 29, 2013 9:22 AM | Paul Hack

trunked.png TRUNKED puts you smack in the middle of a contemporary noir thriller where you are the antihero. It's essentially a point-and-click adventure game, but with words instead of graphics. Like a choose-your-own-adventure, as in most Twine games, you click certain highlighted passages of text to make a choice or otherwise continue the story. Text is actually the perfect medium for this particular game, since for most of it you are trapped within the dark confines of a car trunk (or "boot", for those English speakers across the pond).

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 trailer celebrates 3 years of NES-tacular action platforming

April 29, 2013 5:01 AM | John Polson

This weekend marks the 3-year anniversary of Exploding Rabbit's action platforming, browser game Super Mario Crossover, which melds characters from Master Blaster, Castlevania, Contra, Mega Man, Metroid, Zelda, and more in Mario-like levels. The trailer above highlights the changes for 3.0, set to release in May or June.

Browser Pick: Stagediver lets you live mosh pit dreams, collect fans' underpants

April 28, 2013 2:21 PM | John Polson

stagediver.png Mosh pit dreams come true in Major Bueno's arcade-like browser game Stagediver. The game starts in a mad wailing session, frantically hitting buttons to build up the crowd and your "fire" meter. Then it's all about scoring from the height from leaps out of the crowd, spin tricks done, male and female underwear collected, and time in the spotlight.

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