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Develop Indie Showcase 2013: meet the finalists

Monday, 1 July 2013 08:26 GMT By Dave Cook

Develop in Brighton will host its yearly Indie Showcase next week. VG247′s Dave Cook spoke with each of the ten finalists about their games, and to learn more about the teams behind them.

What does the term ‘indie’ mean to you?

While it’s literally used to bracket independent coders or teams, the name often brings with it several accompanying beliefs.

It implies small teams chasing a dream, an anarchistic view towards the triple-a sector, the creation of unique ideas that would never be allowed to thrive at a big studio, and an artful, almost abstract approach to game presentation.

Given the volume of big studios that wouldn’t be deemed ‘indie’ now breaking off from the publisher route thanks to Kickstarter, mobile store fronts and Steam, it could be argues that the broader definition is shifting, but to many of us, the term ‘indie’ goes neatly in hand with innovation.

That’s what the Indie Showcase is all about. Taking place at the Develop in Brighton conference July 9-11, the event will highlight ten indie projects that deliver fresh ideas, compelling gameplay experiences and most fundamental of all, are simply fun to play.

The shortlisted games were revealed last week, and will all compete for prizes at the show. The Indie Showcase Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, the Editors Choice Award will be awarded by the gaming press, and the People’s Choice Award winner is chosen by attendees.

Ahead of the showcase I decided to speak with all ten of the winners to get some insight into their games and the people behind them, in the hopes of flagging up new, emerging talent and the indie games you could be playing throughout the rest of 2013.



1: That Dragon, Cancer


By Ryan Green and Josh Larson

http://thatdragoncancer.com

This adventure game is based on the true-life story of Green’s son Joel and his ongoing battle against cancer. “Joel wasn’t supposed to live past his 2nd birthday,” Green explained. “But while his cancer is aggressive and we’re fighting his eighth tumor, he is very much alive.

“When the doctors told us Joel was terminal we had to talk to our sons about things like heaven. My wife told our older boys that Joel was fighting this great dragon called cancer. It’s a dragon that Joel, our doctors and we are unable to slay.”

Green said that the process of creating a game around these events has been one of discovery, and he hopes that players will experience the same rollercoaster of emotions felt by his family. Set largely in a children’s hospital, it’s a point-and-click title at its core; an “interactive retelling” of Joel’s third year as cancer patient, and the struggle he and his parents had to endure.

Along the way players will discover poems, musical arrangements and other uplifting elements within a dreamscape tethered to the hospital ward, each geared towards delivering a message of hope. There’s little in the way of puzzle solving, just a heart-rending tale of faith in the face of death from people who have seen it with their own eyes.

“The thing that’s so great about videogames is that you can experience these themes of hope and struggle and family and grace in a unique and powerful way,” Green concluded. “People are willing to explore these themes in other media, but many of them don’t get the chance to in videogames. If you would like that chance, you should check us out.”


2. Gunpoint


By Suspicious Developments

http://www.gunpointgame.com/

Otherwise known as the game that recently made its development costs back in 64 seconds, Gunpoint is becoming quite popular as of late. Developed by former PC Gamer writer Tom Francis, the game boasts a neat stealth-puzzle mechanic that lets players re-wire levels to confuse enemies and pull off feats of espionage as a spy.

“Gunpoint’s a game for people who like to break into buildings, punch people, and tinker with systems,” Francis told me. “Being able to rewire the electronics lets you invent your own solutions, as simple or convoluted as you like. Some people spend ages rigging a level to trick a guard into trapping himself, or accidentally shooting his friend, or falling through a trap door. If you can’t imagine why anyone would want to do that, you won’t like Gunpoint.”

The game was developed whenever Francis had spare time away from his PC Gamer duties, and in the end it’s turning heads all over the shop. So there’s further proof folks, members of the games press can make for grand game developers too.

3. Tengami

By Nyamyam

http://nyamyam.com/category/tengamigame

Fans of Okami might want to check out this trailer for Tengami, a Wii U eShop game based on a childhood obsession with pop-up books and historical Japanese art. Pop-up books create a sense of wonder with every turn of a page,” Jennifer Schneidereit of developer Nyamyam told me. “We set out to try and capture this feeling and discover what a video game that takes place inside a pop-up book could be like.”

It’s a puzzle game that tasks players with manipulating the paper world to overcome obstacles and Schneidereit explained that much of what you will see in the game started with paper prototypes that were then painstakingly transferred over to the game itself. Making the physical art style on paper was a challenge for the team, but it resulted in the authentic papercraft visuals you see above.

“All throughout development we focused a lot on authenticity and so every pop-up in Tengami could be built as a physical pop-up using paper and glue,” Schneidereit added. “Tengami also has a strikingly beautiful and minimalistic art style that is inspired by Japanese concepts of simplicity and beauty.

“The in game textures are based off of real Japanese handcrafted papers that give the feeling that you are almost touching and playing with real paper. The technology we used to create the pop-up world of Tengami was also created entirely by us. We spent over a year creating the tools that would allow us to create digital pop-ups that fold like their paper counter parts.”


4. ibb & obb


By Sparpweed

http://ibbandobb.com/

Ibb and obb is a clever co-op game based around a neat gravity-bending hook that sees the world split in two. Above the horizon gravity acts as normal, but anything below this line has its gravity inverted, so players must use portals to flip between both gravity types in order to collect diamonds, dodge enemies and reach exits.

“ibb & obb started out as my graduation project during which I wanted to create a game with a clear original core mechanic,” explained creator Richard Boeser. “I designed the game around the interaction between the players. I chose two player coop, because it fitted the double gravity idea well and it felt like a nice player relation to explore.”

Boeser explained that players must collaborate continuously in order to finish each stage, and and that every aspect of the game is wrapped around his ‘double gravity’ mechanic. He added, “The game is really designed around the two player cooperative play. So if that is your cup of tea and you’re looking for some challenging original puzzles, you should give it a go.”


5. Catch-22


By Mango Down

http://catch22game.com/

You can play Catch-22 on iOS right now. It’s a one-button arcade games that casts you as a dot endlessly rotating around a giant sphere dodging past versions of yourself. It’s actually quite mind-bending as you have to dodge your previous jumps and rolls, not to mention the way the game switches control between your orb and the enemy at a whim. Check out this gameplay trailer to better understand the concept.

“Catch22 is a relaxing and frustrating one-button arcade game in which you have to evade yourself endlessly and reach a (new) high score,” developer Guus Hoeve told me. “Much like an endless runner, this game however poses you with the greatest enemy in existence; you.”

“As you take turns, you’ll switch between two playable characters when you pick up all the coins with your active character (the other being your past). Once you do however, the magic starts to happen as your previous character starts doing what you did in the previous turn, and you’ll now have to evade your own jumps with new jumps.”

Hoeve added that much like the Joseph Heller book ‘Catch 22′, there is no solution to winning the game and crashing into yourself is inevitable. You only have yourself to blame in the end. It’s almost sounds like Dark Souls when he puts it like that. Still, it’s a fresh concept that has been downloaded many times on iTunes so far, and is coming to Android, OUYA, Facebook, PC, Mac and more formats in due course.


6. Drop That Candy


By Greenfly Studios

http://www.greenflystudios.com/project/drop-that-candy

This physics-based puzzler has something of a sweet tooth. As furry woodland critter Gizmo, players must help him gorge on candy treats by breaking them out of vending machines in as few moves as possible. It’s coming out on iOS this August and while it launches with 60 stages, Greenfly will add more themed levels over time.

“We were inspired by the foraging creatures in the film Over The Hedge,” Stephen Morris explained, “and their particular interest in sweets & candy. In our game, Gizmo gets a taste of candy when a family camping in the forest drops a sugary lollipop and begins his sneaky quest into the big city. He hitches a ride on the family camper van and spots a glistening vending machine filled with sugary delights.”

Having worked with freelancers from companies such as Sega, Nestle, Aardman Digital and Disney, Morris explained that while created by an initial team of two people, Drop That Candy has grown in scope, and he feels it’s a game fans of Cut the Rope will surely enjoy.


7. Icycle: On Thin Ice


By Damp Gnat

http://www.dampgnat.com/icycleonthinice

With a studio name like Damp Gnat you can be assured that the premise of Icycle: On Thin Ice is rather mad. The game stars Dennis the naked cyclist and is the brianchild of developer Reece Millidge, who explained the concept to me. “Icycle: On Thin Ice really came from the limitations of Flash eight years ago when I started the original version.

“I simply wanted to do a game that let you traverse over some interesting vector art, but vector was dead slow back then. No moving scenery, no effects and no enemies. So it made sense to place a character into a frozen ice age setting, and who better to empathise with than a shivering naked man on a little bike?”

But in this sequel Dennis is the sole survivor of the human race, and as you can see from this James-Bond inspired teaser trailer, has entered a world of hilarity.

It’s reminds me of XBLA smash Trials, given the game’s penchant for platform-based puzzles, and two-wheeled vehicles, but Millidge continued, “I would probably pitch the game as an absurd platform puzzler, for those who want to see what happens next and for those who feel a little sadistic about post-apocalyptic lovelorn naked cyclists.”


8. Momonga Pinball Adventures


By Paladin Studios

http://www.paladinstudios.com/momonga

Available on iTunes now, Momonga Pinball Adventures stars a flying squirrel who curls into a ball and rescue his kidnapped tribe by bouncing around the world pinball-style. Along the way Momonga teams up with a panda, firefly and mole rat as he rolls across nine worlds in search of revenge.

“Momonga Pinball Adventures is a different take on the pinball genre,” Derk de Geus told me. “Instead of a “regular” pinball cabinet simulation, you play through different levels using flippers. The hero is a flying squirrel, and there’s plenty of exploration, enemies, bossfights – all the good stuff of action-adventure games.”

When the concept began it was coined as an ‘infinite pinball game’, similar in style to infinite runner games, but with a focus on flipping a ball as far as possible. De Geus explained that pinball mechanics were difficult to get right, so the team decided to expand on its idea with something story-based instead.

“We worked incredibly hard on it.” De Geus concluded. “We funded, designed, written, developed and published the game, and we poured all our love into it. I hope it shows. There are some other pinball spin-offs around, but none of them have the epic storyline and level-based approach that Momonga has. I hope we break new ground with it, and I’d love to see more games with flippers in the future.”


9. Ethan: Meteor Hunter


By Seaven Studio

http://www.seaven-studio.com/ethan-meteor-hunter

You can download a PC alpha build of Seaven’s platforming-time pausing-block moving-puzzler. As you can tell, it’s a mix-up of several game mechanics that all roll together into one mind-bending mix. It also stars Ethan, the first live rodent sent into space, as inspired by the 1962 experiment conducted by French aerospace engineering team CERMA.

“Ethan: Meteor Hunter is a game inspired by plenty of puzzle game and arcade platformer,” explained developer Olivier Penot. “In the team, we all loved games such as the Super Mario bros, Rayman or Little Big Planet series.

“All of them have awesome ideas we wanted to see in a single game. Moreover, we wanted our hero to be awesome, and telekinesis is a superpower that makes anyone dream: who hasn’t tried to move the tv-remote with their brain?”

Fans of platform games that bring interesting mechanics to the table will surely enjoy what Ethan has to offer, such as Braid, Vessel and fellow platformers. You can get a better idea by watching this gameplay trailer, which shows off some puzzles in action.

To better explain what kind of game Ethan is, Penot added, “So we’re a fast-paced indie puzzle platformer with a telekinesis feature and physics interaction; so many possibilities. Also, we’re thinking of hardcore gamers and speedrunners.”


10. Epic Eric


By 232 Studios Ltd

http://232studios.com

Launching July 8 on iOS, Epic Eric sees fearless knight Eric swinging, bouncing and leaping his way to rescuing a princess held captive in a tall tower. If you’ve played Super Mario Bros. you may remember the flag-pole Mario slides down at the end of each stage? Well, imagine that but instead, figuring out how to reach each pole is the puzzle.

“Epic Eric is a simple but addictive physics puzzler,” Neil Glenister explained. “Eric is a hapless knight on a quest to rescue the obligatory princess from whichever tower she has managed to get imprisoned in. The path to the top of the tower is littered with cogs, levers, flippers, pulleys, and other bits of machinery intent on bringing Eric back down to earth in a mangled heap should he mistime a swing, slide or bounce between them.”

In order to strike a balance between simplicity and depth, Glenister and his team decided to make Epic Eric a one-button game, where the on-screen obstacles create depth, rather than a reliance on complicated control schemes.

“Development has been a real labour of love,” Glenister continued. “The game was developed over the course of a year with no funding at all and was created using time were able to carve out between other projects and in our own spare time.”

That’s all ten of this year’s Develop Indie Showcase nominations. Now, discuss which ones you think are deserving of the final prizes below, and stay tuned for the winner announcements during the show July 9-11.

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    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

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  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]