Indie Game Developers

How 'Patchmania' Was Playtested By The Sorry Souls Trapped At The DMV

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra has an interesting and fascinating article on how one developer harnessed the power of a captive audience to test a prototype of his mobile game. Waiting in line at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office is a pain in the ass. Chances are you'll be fiddling around with your phone anyway so when the developer of the mobile puzzle game Patchmania needed some help testing his latest creation it made perfect sense to him to ask people to try it out.

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Sega Networks Spends Big on Western Developers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sega's mobile arm Sega Networks announced today that it has acquired independent developer Demiurge Studios. Sega says that this purchase is part of series of investments in the "Western market." Sega Network also announced that it has taken a major stake in San Francisco start-up Ignited Artists and London-based Space Ape Games.

Sega did not reveal financial details on any of these deals.

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PlayTech To Acquire GameMaker Studio

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PlayTech announced this week that it plans to acquire Yoyo Games Limited, the company best known for developing the popular cross-platform game development tool suite GameMaker Studio.

GameMaker is popular with novice and indie developers. It has been used to develop such notable games as Hotline Miami, Risk of Rain, Gunpoint, Gods Will Be Watching, Nidhogg, and Spelunky. In its announcement PlayTech claimed that the game development tool has over 750,000 registered game developers.

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Submissions Now Being Accepted for MomoCon Indie Game Awards

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Submissions for the first annual MomoCon Indie Game Awards are now open, organizers announced today. Indie game developers are invited to submit their completed titles or works-in-progress to the awards. Developers of games selected as finalists will receive free exhibition space at MomoCon 2015 from May 28 –- 31, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase Invades GDC 2015

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference released new details on what games and developers would be part of this year's Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase exhibit. The exhibit, which is open to all GDC passholders, will be open at various points during the week of the 2015 Game Developers Conference, March 2-6 (Moscone Center, San Francisco).

The Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase highlights a collection of games from independent developers who have banded together to show off the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world in one large and sprawling space.

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GungHo Bringing Indie Games Live To PAX EAST

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GungHo Online Entertainment America announced a partnership with indie developer YummyYummyTummy to host a second Indie Games Live party at PAX East on March 6. The event will be held at Guilt Boston (800 W. Olympic Blvd. in Boston) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m and is open to the public (i.e. PAX East attendance is not required). The 2015 Indie Games Live East Coast will feature video game industry professionals, top media and industry influencers, and talented indie developers and passionate games fans.

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ESA's E3 College Game Competition Launches In March

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced the continuation of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition, which provides colleges and universities with video game development programs an opportunity to showcase their game at E3 on an annual basis. Each institution can submit one game, with selected finalists receiving a display space at this year's E3 event in Los Angeles this summer.

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Video From Zoe Quinn's SIEGE 2014 Keynote

January 7, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Back in September, we ran a story noting that Zoe Quinn, developer of Depression Quest and victim of a horrifying about of disgusting harassment, would kick off the following month's Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo (SIEGE) with a keynote address on "Translating Everyday Systems into New Gameplay Mechanics."

There were two major themes running through our story's comments:

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Independent Games Festival Award Finalists Announced

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Finalists for the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards have been announced today. For the 2015 event, which runs in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in March (Moscone Center, San Francisco), organizers chose 30 indie games in a variety of categories including Excellence In Visual Art, Excellence In Narrative, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Audio, the Nuovo Award, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

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Cryptic Comet Abandoning Digital Game Development, Returning to Board Games

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Cryptic Comet founder Vic Davis says that he will abandon digital game development in favor of returning to creating traditional board games. Cryptic Comet is best known for creating the hit strategy games Solium Infernum, Occult Chronicles, and Armageddon Empires. Why is Davis leaving the game development space to return to his roots? He says that selling digital games has become "an increasingly difficult task" lately.

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'Survarium' Now in Open Beta

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

When GSC Gameworld went insolvent and had to close its doors many years ago, a large contingent of its former employees left to form a studio called Vostok Games. You may have seen the name before because representatives from the company have been pretty vocal about people who claim to have worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series in various capacities - specifically West Games, who unsuccessfully tried to crowd-fund (and failed) a spiritual successor called Areal. That company is currently trying to crowd-fund another game called Stalker Apocalypse.

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IndieCade East Returns February 13 - 15 At The Museum of the Moving Image

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Independent game festival IndieCade, and Museum of the Moving Image announced that they will partner for a third year to present IndieCade East from February 13 - 15, 2015 at Museum of the Moving Image. The Festival program includes a professional conference featuring panels and discussions headlined by prominent game makers, academics, artists, marketers, and journalists.

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Mod DB Community Selects 2014's Top 100 Mods

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While a lot of publications are doing the year end awards, we find the stuff the community is making infinitely more interesting. So in that spirit, we want to highlight that the community has voted for Mod DB's Players' Choice Top 100 Mods of 2014. The public voting took 10-days and saw 66,061 people pick their favorite creations.

These mods included Euro Truck 2 Multiplayer, Breaking Point for ARMA III, Enderal for Skyrim and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Lost Alpha mod.

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'Papers, Please' Coming to iPad December 12

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lucas Pope's hit indie title will be making its way to the iPad tomorrow, according to a tweet sent out by Pope today.

Papers, Please was released on Mac and PC in August of last year and was well received by both critics and fans alike. In the game you play a border agent in an Eastern Bloc country who is in charge of approving or denying entry into your country.

Pope confirmed the release in a tweet with a picture of the game running on the iPad along with the date "December 12."

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300K Copies of 'Shovel Knight' Sold To-Date

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The popular RPG platformer hybrid Shovel Knight has sold over 300,000 units. The announcement about this major milestone came from developer Yacht Club Games via Twitter.

Shovel Knight launched on 3DS, PC, and Wii U in North America this summer, but the game has only been out in Europe for about a month.

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Microsoft Apologizes For Late Payments to Xbox Live Indie Game Developers

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has issued an apology to members of its Xbox Live Indie Games development community who have not been paid in the most recent round of payouts. The apology came after a member of the Destructoid community posted a rather scathing blog post about the situation, which was then shared across social media.

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Sumo Digital Buys Back Its Independence

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital has completed a management buyout, acquiring itself from parent company Foundation 9 Entertainment today. The UK-based studio was acquired by mega development studio Foundation 9 back in 2007, and has collaborated on big-name titles and built its own games since then.

The studio was able to buy itself back from Foundation 9 thanks mostly to cash from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.

NorthEdge did not disclose how much it invested in Sumo Digital.

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Nintendo Reveals Indie Game Release Schedule

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As part of its Nintendo Direct event yesterday, Nintendo announced 24 indie titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, including Gone Home, Thomas Was Alone, A World of Keflings, The Swapper and Proun+.

Other notable titles coming to Nintendo platforms include the popular Stealth Inc 2 and Shovel Knight. Some of these games are (obviously) not exclusive to Nintendo's platforms and already available elsewhere.

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'Papers, Please' Wins GameCity Prize

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nottingham, England-based video game festival GameCity has awarded Papers, Please with the fourth annual GameCity Prize, an award that "celebrates videogames as a cultural art form." Indie game developer Lucas Pop's "dystopian document thriller" joins previous winners Spaceteam (2013), Journey (2012), and Minecraft (2011).

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'Indie Games Live' and 'Media Indie Exchange' Invade L.A. Next Month

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Media Indie Exchange is giving independent developers a special place at the GDC Next conference in Los Angeles next month that will allow them to showcase their games to other industry professionals and members of the press.

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Poll: Will Paranautical Activity Make Its Way Back Onto Steam?

October 24, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, indie game Paranautical Activity was mislabeled as an Early Access title when it launched on Steam.  This upset one of the game's developers who issued a few profanity-laden tweets culminating in:

"I am going to kill gabe newell. He is going to die."

In response, Valve removed the game from Steam.

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Double Fine and IAm8Bit Team Up for 'Day of the Devs'

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Saturday, November 1 from 1-4 pm, I Am 8Bit and Double Fine Productions will team up once again to present 'Day of the Devs,' a special event that showcases the best games from a variety of indie game studios.

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EMP Museum Announces 'Indie Game Revolution Launch Party'

October 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EMP Museum passed along word today that it will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit with the "Indie Game Revolution Launch Party" on November 7, 2014. EMP has partnered with UK-based indie video game collective the Wild Rumpus to curate a gaming party that’s part indie arcade, a "sound and visual extravaganza."

All are welcomed to attend. New and unreleased games from Wild Rumpus will be at the event, along with titles to be premiered in Indie Game Revolution, sponsored by Nintendo.

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Double Fine's 'Hack 'n' Slash' Takes Top Honors at IndieCade 2014 Awards

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night organizers of IndieCade 2014 handed out awards honoring such indie studios as Double Fine, Little Wins, and Down to the Wire. There were more than 1,000 submissions from developers, and over 30 nominations for the awards this year. IndieCade is an annual event held in Los Angeles that celebrates independent developers and the wonderful games that they make.

Hack 'n' Slash from Double Fine took the Grand Jury Award, while Loveshack's Framed won the Visual Design Award, and N++ from Metanet Software was given the Special Recognition Awards.

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Celebrate IndieCade With This Week's Humble Weekly Bundle

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle is all about IndieCade the annual festival of independent games happening now in Los Angeles. The Humble Weekly Bundle IndieCade 2 offers the games LYNE, A Slow Year and Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love for whatever you want to pay. Meet or exceed the average price to score Proteus and a double pack of ibb & obb for you and a friend.

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GitHub Offers Game Development Tools and Services to Student For Free

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GitHub revealed that it will give free access to a suite of development tools that small-scale game makers may find useful. The only catch? You have to prove that you are a student.

The offer is part of the GitHub Education initiative, and is available to students over the age of 13 and currently enrolled in an academic program. If you can do that, you can get access to project development help and tools like the Crowdflower crowdsourcing platform, a hosting plan with the DNSimple DNS management service, and free access to Unreal Engine 4.

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Hyperkin Responds to Accusations That it Uses Open-Sourced Software in its RetroN 5 Console

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game accessories company Hyperkin has publicly acknowledged (finally) that it uses open-sourced software in its RetroN5 console. In case you don't know, the RetroN5 is an all-in-one console system that allows consumers to play classic game software for a number of devices.

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Former Nintendo Indie Head Backs Sony-Exclusive 'Axiom Verge'

September 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dan Adelman, the guy that used to be in charge of Nintendo's indie program, was let go by the company in early August. Today we learn from Gamasutra that Adelman is helping developer Tom Happ with Axiom Verge. Adelman says that he is handling the business- and marketing-related stuff for Happ's upcoming game.

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'Wasteland 2' Generates $1.5 Million in Sales

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile Entertainment revealed this morning that its crowd-funded spiritual sequel to the classic Interplay role-playing game Wasteland has generated $1.5 million in sales in the four days since it launched. The crowd funded post apocalyptic RPG sequel launched on Steam last Friday for PC, Mac, and Linux. So far, the game is getting fairly good reviews from both critics and fans.

"We are ecstatic that the style of game we love so much has been embraced so well," said inXile founder Brain Fargo.

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IndieCade 2014 Award Nominees Announced

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

IndieCade, an annual international festival that celebrates independently developed games, has revealed the more than 35 games that have been named nominees for awards at IndieCade Festival 2014. This year's event will be held in Culver City, California October 9-12, 2014. This year's event will showcase almost 150 independent games and highlight the importance of "promotion, cultivation, and community of independent games development."

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Matthew WilsonI am going to pax east, any games you guys want me to check out?03/02/2015 - 11:23pm
ZippyDSMleeNo one remembers the days of Cinemagic and Cynergy eh? :P, meh even MGS is getting to film like....03/02/2015 - 8:44pm
MechaTama31I was about to get all defensive about liking Metal Gear Solid, but then I saw that he was talking about "cinematic" as a euphemism for "crappy framerate".03/02/2015 - 8:29pm
prh99Just replace cinematic with the appropriate synonym for poo and you'll have gist of any press release.03/02/2015 - 5:34pm
PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZQDFO2KEPo Jim Sterling Makes Fun of "Cinematic" Gaming03/02/2015 - 3:39pm
Matthew WilsonWOW is copping EVE. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/18141101/introducing-the-wow-token-3-2-2015 I think its a smart move to deal with gold farmers in this way.03/02/2015 - 1:16pm
Matthew WilsonI guess epic is tired of having their lunch eaten by unity. https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free03/02/2015 - 12:50pm
Andrew EisenNot much to follow. Kern is being silly and... nothing much else is happening.03/02/2015 - 11:40am
Papa MidnightI ask because, having only just heard of it, I have not, and I was hoping for some insight.03/02/2015 - 11:39am
Papa MidnightHas anyone been following this petition by Mark Kern regarding Kotaku, Polygon, and VG247? https://www.change.org/p/kotaku-lead-the-way-in-healing-the-rift-in-video-games03/02/2015 - 11:38am
ZippyDSMleePaypal shuts down Mega's payment system. https://torrentfreak.com/under-u-s-pressure-paypal-nukes-mega-for-encrypting-files-150227/03/01/2015 - 3:25pm
Matthew Wilsonvalvle planning to release a vr headset this year wtf http://www.pcgamer.com/valves-vr-headset-is-named-vive-and-htc-are-making-it/03/01/2015 - 1:05pm
ZippyDSMleeuuuhhhggg in other news been sick since last night.....uuhggg.....I iwsh it did not hurt so much when my tummy wants to leave my body..02/28/2015 - 11:39pm
ZippyDSMleeBrings me to the Q why alt costumes would be needed in competition anyway... http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/feb/28/dead-or-alive-community-aims-ban-over-120-overly-sexualized-costumes-dead-or-alive-5-last-round/02/28/2015 - 11:36pm
MonteThough from a business side, i would agree with the article. While it would be smarter for developers to slow down, you can't expect EA, Activision or ubisoft to do something like that. Nintnedo's gotta get the third party back.02/28/2015 - 4:36pm
MonteThough it does also help that nintendo's more colorful style is a lot less reliant on graphics than more realistic games. Wind Waker is over 10 years old and still looks good for its age.02/28/2015 - 4:33pm
MonteWith the Wii, nintnedo had the right idea. Hold back on shiny graphics and focus on the gameplay experience. Unfortunatly everyone else keeps pushing for newer graphics and it matters less and less each generation. I can barely notice the difference02/28/2015 - 4:29pm
MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
prh99The government probably doesn't need an app, but I was think more along the lines of a company that was going to sell the collected info. “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product” sometimes even if you pay.02/28/2015 - 1:50pm
 

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