The Standard Edition of GameMaker: Studio is free for a limited time, according to a post on the official GameMaker Studio blog. Normally the game engine software retails for $50, but the company is giving it away for free. It's the same set of tools used to make such games as Hotline Miami, Gunpoint and the original Spelunky.
It looks like the remnants of Blitz Games Studios live on with the formation of a brand new company called Radiant Worlds. Blitz Games shut down in September of this year citing a number of challenges including "frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis," and their "fair share of simple bad luck."
Double Fine has managed to reacquire the publishing and distribution rights to Stacking and Costume Quest from Nordic Games. Nordic Games purchased the rights to these games during THQ's bankruptcy auction earlier this year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and Stacking, following a daring and top-secret midnight raid on the Nordic Games headquarters in Vienna," Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer said in a statement.
Dustin Browder, who is the game director on Heroes of the Storm, has made a public apology for his seemingly terse comments during an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun about the sexualization of female characters in the upcoming online team brawler featuring popular Blizzard game characters.
CCP Games announced today that its PLEX for GOOD initiative will help fund relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) struck the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction and loss whose effects continue to be felt in the region. In response to this tragedy, CCP and their community of over a half million players will again host a PLEX for GOOD drive to aid survivors.
Developer Insomniac Games announced this afternoon that it has partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to grant wishes to sick children this holiday season. Insomniac Games are the makers of such hit franchises as Ratchet & Clank, Outernauts and Spyro the Dragon.
Insomniac employees are donating items from the Starlight Wish Lists of Miller Children's Hospital in California and Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center in North Carolina, where the company has offices. Insomniac will match all donations dollar-for-dollar.
Aksys Games and developers MarvelousAQL and Arc System Works are hosting a special charity sale to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. The company is selling a number of items related to its game BlazBlue Calamity Trigger and Muramasa Rebirth including comic books, soundtracks, and even a plushie.
"Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy, and we wish the people of the Philippines a quick recovery," said Aksys Games in a statement.
The eBay charity auction of a limited edition white Xbox One has generated $11,300 for the Wounded Warrior Project charity, according to CVG. The special edition console is being given out to Microsoft employees when the Xbox One launches later this week in 21 markets including the United States. The auction on eBay began at $1, but by Nov.
Dyscourse, the new psychological survival adventure game from Owlchemy Labs (Snuggle Truck, Jack Lumber) currently attempting to raise funds through Kickstarter, will ship with an additional bonus scenario called "Indie Plane Crash," containing cameos by ten famous independent game developers.
Read Only Memories has raised a little over a third of what it is seeking in its Kickstarter campaign. Launched last week, the crowd funding campaign for the sci-fi themed adventure game from MidBoss Games has raised $21,840 of its $62,064 goal from 489 backers with 24 more days to go.
A crowd-funding campaign has been launched for an interesting puzzle game called So Many Me. So Many Me is described by developer Extend Studios as a 2D puzzle-platformer inspired by the best games in the genre and its own games like A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda (Steam and XBLA) and Jigsaw Mansion (iPad).
The men and women behind the GaymerX convention have formed a new indie development studio called MidBoss Games and have announced their very first game: Read Only Memories. MidBoss Games has also launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign today to raise funds for ongoing development.
2PlayerProductions has released Minecraft: The Story of Mojang on YouTube for free. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a feature length documentary about the ultra-popular indie sandbox title and the people that made it on YouTube. The Minecraft documentary began as successful Kickstarter project in February 2011 where it received $210,297 out of a $150,000 goal.
2PlayerProductions is a documentary film company that is currently working on a documentary about the making of Double Fine's Broken Age adventure game and Keiji Inafune's Mega Man successor, Mighty No. 9.
Gearbox Software has managed to raise right around $16,000 for the Videogame History Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving and archiving the history of the video game industry. Gearbox raised the money by selling Gearbox memorabilia such as signed Borderlands 2 'Loot Chests', and unique art pieces from Gearbox concept artists to the public.
Trendy Entertainment has formed what it calls a "Defense Council," a special new advisory council that will allow players with a vested interest in the development of Dungeon Defenders II to provide early, focused feedback directly to the development team. By donating $30 to Child's Play, 500 players will be able to play and influence Dungeon Defenders II.
Mojang co-founder and Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson stopped by CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk about the cattty nature of the industry at times, Minecraft, his favorite games (Grand Theft Auto and Mario Kart, apparently) and a whole lot more.
G3 Studios and Guido Henkel have launched the Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore, a new first-person, party-based role-playing game with a focus on story and character development. The game is being developed by G3 Studios and overseen by Guido Henkel, who has worked on such RPG hits as Planescape: Torment, the Realms of Arkania Trilogy, Fallout II, and many other games.
UK games charity GamesAid is auctioning off a special version of the Xbox One to raise much needed funds for future charitable work. The special console is very rare; it is white and was only given out to employees who worked on the console.
Buried in a story about a number of companies seeking incentives from the Illinois state legislature being held up by a veto by Governor Pat Quinn over a lack of pension reform, High Voltage Software's name popped up. Apparently Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates (a northwestern suburb of Chicago) Democrat, is pushing incentives legislation for the company, which is headquartered in his district.
The very first Games [4Diversity] Jam will take place from March 21 - 23 (2014) in San Francisco, organizers announced today. The goal of this unique game jam is for developers or teams of developers to incorporate feminine and LGBT aspects into games in a constructive way. Organizers believe that the game jam will show that "female, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues can enrich games in an innovative and positive manner."
Here's more from the organizers of the event:
Rockstar Games announced that the "stimulus package," two payouts of in-game cash at $250,000 each, will be rolled out as part of a patch next week. The stimulus is part of an apology on the part of Rockstar for consumers who tried to play Grand Theft Auto Online in October and found that they couldn't due to bugs, connectivity issues, and other problems that plagued the game at launch.
Rockstar had planned on dolling out the cash to play a week ago, but found that there were still a lot of issues with the game that needed to be addressed first.
Electronic Arts announced this week that it has canceled Command & Conquer, the free-to-play reimagining of the popular real-time strategy game. In a blog post developer Victory Games announced that fan reaction to the alpha of the game is what put the final nail in the coffin for the project:
A book and DVD project called "Wrestling With Pixels: The World Tour Of Wrestling Games" is seeking $18,000 to fund further interviews with game industry luminaries and professional wrestling stars to fully explore the history of the wrestling video games genre.
On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, Dark Matter being released on Steam and GOG and then being pulled, the TotalBiscuit YouTube controversy, and Sony being upset over pics of a nude character model from Beyond: Two Souls. Download Episode 75 now: SuperPAC Episode 75 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 81.1 MB.
Today is the day that the world is introduced to Critical Hit, an all-star cover band led by composer Jason Hayes. Hayes is best known for his work on the World of Warcraft soundtrack, and he is joined by performers and recording artists with an amazing list of
Hamburg, Germany-based studio Fishlabs Entertainment announced a large-scale restructuring at the company, including major layoffs, but the company insisted that it would not be dissolved. In July the studio went into "self-administration" in an effort to cut operating costs. As part of this process the company has laid off 25 employees from multiple departments including marketing, art and programming.
Indie developer Sophie Houlden has brought her game back to Ouya, saying in a recent blog post that the makers of the console have adequately addressed the concerns she had that made her pull her game from the system last month. Houlden pulled her time-travel stealth game, Rose and Time, from the Android-based home console in September in protest of the controversial Free the Games fund.