Indie Royale has launched the Mayhem Bundle, offering players multiple indie titles that are described as a "mix-up of anarchic indie games." The bundle includes Burn Zombie Burn!, Primal Fears, Alien Shooter 2: Conscription, Plain Sight, Lucius and Droplitz. A seventh mystery game will be added to the mix at a later date.
All of the games are available on Steam for Windows, while only two titles offer Desura codes: Lucius and Alien Shooter 2: Conscription.
In Episode 51 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possible name of the next Xbox console from Microsoft, two studies about violent video games, Iron Man 3, the Diablo III gold duping exploit introduced in the last update to the game, and some other equally delightful topics related to video games. Download Episode 51 now: SuperPAC Episode 51 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 68.7 MB.
Valve has announced the latest batch of games and application software to be approved for sale on the digital distribution platform as part of its Steam Greenlight program. Eighteen new games and two new software programs join the 90 titles Greenlit since Steam Greenlight launched in August of last year.
The latest Indie Gala bundle offers a bunch of nifty games depending on what you're willing to pay - but the money will go towards "help rebuild Vancouver's game industry" by supporting a political candidate. Vancouver has been hit with a lot of layoffs at many of the region's biggest studios.
Valve's popular MOBA game DOTA 2 has officially surpassed Riot Games' League of Legends as the most played in the West in the first quarter of this year, according to data collected by research firm DFC Intelligence. The report, which covers PC gaming in North America and Europe, is based on the DFC Intelligence PC Game Meter service. It combines data from multiple sources, including real-time stats from Xfire's 23 million users.
This week's Humble Bundle Weekly sale features four games from Blendo Games: Flotilla, Atom Zombie Smasher, Air Forte, and Thirty Flights of Loving. To get all the games you'll have to pay more than the average price, which is currently at $3.72, but you can get Flotilla, Atom Zombie Smasher, and Air Forte for just paying over $1. To get the fourth game you'll have to cough up a little extra dough.
The Catnip Bundle has launched over at Bundle Stars offering PC players 10 instantly downloadable PC games for whatever price they want. The highlighted title in the Catnip Bundle is Pushcat, an arcade game from indie studio Zut Games. Other titles include Metal Drift, Obulis, Avencast: Rise of the Mage, Post Mortem, Wasteland Angel, Chains, Nikopol, and two mystery titles.
The PC Gaming Alliance, a not-for-profit industry consortium dedicated to evangelizing the PC Gaming space delivered annual custom research results to PCGA members, and shared portions of the findings with the press at a news conference during GDC this week.
It's dueling Humble Bundles as two new bundles launch: the latest Humble Weekly Sale and the Humble Mobile Bundle. The weekly sale offers THQ's (who gets the money for these games at this point?) Darksiders; Red Faction: Armageddon; and Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War DLC. If you pay more than the average, you'll also get Steam keys for Red Faction: Guerrilla and Darksiders II. As EZK points out, the bundle is Windows only.
The first Humble Bundle Weekly sale has launched, offering a DRM-free pay-what-you-want sale of the popular action RPG Bastion. The sale will last for one week allowing those who want the Windows, Mac or Linux version of the game a chance to pick it up on the cheap. If you pay more than the average price of $2.65, you'll get extra bonus content, the digital soundtrack, a digital art pack, some nifty Bastion sheet music and special ringtones.
According to this Ars Technica report a serious bug in the client for EA's Origin digital distribution service could allow attackers to remotely execute malicious code on players' computers. The attack was demonstrated last week at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam, and it apparently only takes a few seconds to execute.
Indie strategy developer and publisher Slitherine has signed a licensing deal with Games Workshop to develop a new strategy title set in the popular Warhammer 40,000 universe. While Slitherine says that details of the deal (including the content and features of the game) have not yet been announced, development is already underway on multiple platforms.
A new SimCity mod detailed in a YouTube video and later explained in-depth on a Reddit thread reveals that it is possible to play SimCity offline indefinitely with a few important caveats. Despite those caveats the mod shows that the game can easily be transitioned from an "always connected" game to an offline single player game, despite what both EA and Maxis have said. According to modder UKAzzer he was able to do this with a little bit of work and by enabling the game's secret debug mode. This allowed him to turn off the disconnection timer limit.
Yesterday notable indie developer Jason Rohrer (best known for such indie titles as The Passage and Sleep Is Death) quietly started taking early orders for his next game, The Castle Doctrine. The Castle Doctrine is an online focused game where the player must protect his spouse and children from home invaders.
Humble Bundle 5 with Android has added three more games into the mix to entice those who have yet to purchase this pay-what-you-want DRM-free PC and Android game bundle - and to reward those who have already taken the plunge. The new Android/Windows/Mac/Linux games include Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Splice, and Crayon Physics Deluxe. Soundtracks are also included. Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, NightSky HD, Super Hexagon, and Dungeon Defenders.
Indie Royale's newest bundle, the Debut Bundle, offers six indie games that are either brand new or new versions of previously released titles. All of the games are available on Windows, but only four of the games are playable on Mac, and none of the games are available on Steam (all via Desura). The brand new debut games include the arcade real-time strategy game McDROID by Elefantopia and platformer action game 6180 The Moon by Turtle Cream and PokPoong Games.
On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the first Tropes vs. Women video, "Bronies" and if rights holders should be a little kinder to fan projects, and the nightmarish launch of SimCity this week. Download Episode 44 now: SuperPAC Episode 44 (1 hour, 6 minutes) 60.4 MB.
If the Humble Bundle isn't offering any games you want in its latest bundle then you may want to spend your money on the Indie Gala Flash Bundle. By paying as little as $1, you can pick up three DRM-free games: Ice-pick Lodge's first-person adventure game Pathologic, Crimson Cow's The Abbey, and a Steam key for Keen Software House's multiplayer action game Miner Wars Arena.
Humble Bundle 5 with Android has raised over $866,000 so far. Launched earlier this week, the latest pay-what-you-want DRM-free bundle offers Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, and NightSky HD. If you pay more than the average price - currently at $6.66 - you'll get Dungeon Defenders plus all the available downloadable content (Android users get Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave) and Super Hexagon.
While Richard Garriott (also known as Lord British in most circles) may no longer hold the rights to the Ultima series of classic CRPG games or Ultima Online (he sold it, along with Origin over a decade ago) that hasn't stopped him from returning to his roots. Today Garriott announced that his Austin-based studio Portalarium is hard at work on his newest game, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, a sort-of spiritual sequel of sorts to the Ultima series, but set in a whole new universe.
Humble Bundle has jumped right into its newest DRM-free pay-what-you want bundle - Humble Bundle with Android 5. Humble Bundle with Android 5 offers six games for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux, along with some bonus material for those willing to pay more than the average price.
The base set of games includes Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, and NightSky HD. If you pay more than the average price - currently at $6.33 - you'll get Dungeon Defenders plus all the available downloadable content (Android users get Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave) and Super Hexagon.
Fundraising for the Humble Mojam 2 Bundle officially closed on March 2, with two charities benefitting from the $517,555.12 raised during and after the 72-hour game jam ended. The Mojam 2 game jam produced several games during its 72-hour run including Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings, Tektonic by Grapefrukt, Space Hunk from Ludosity, Oxeye’s 3918, a 3D multiplayer shooter called Low-light by Wolfire Games, and four games from Mojang teams - Nuclear Pizza War, Endless Nuclear Kittens, Battle Frogs and Nuke the Dinosaurs.
Update: We didn't have to wait long to hear Vblank Entertainment's thoughts on WiiWare. Speaking to Nintendo Life exclusively in an interview to be published in full over the weekend, Brian Provinciano called the WiiWare release a $20,000 gift to Wii fans. He asks everyone to go buy it so he can recoup some of those costs.
Indie Royale, organizers of the pay-what-you-want DRM-free bundle, have launched their latest collection of indie titles called the The Mash Bundle (thanks to Blue's News). This new bundle offers Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Guns of Icarus Online, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise, KRUNCH, and Delve Deeper.
The Humble Mojam 2 Bundle has sailed past the $500,000 mark which in turn has forced Mojang co-founder Marcus 'Notch' Persson to shave off his trademark beard.
Notch made the commitment to shave off his beard last weekend during the Mojam 72-hour game development jam, but the number of contributions had not hit the $500,000 mark during that time.
Being a good sport, he decided to honor the promise today. He made the announcement via Twitter:
Just got my beard shaved for charity. Video coming later.
CCP Games announced that its long-running subscription-based sci-fi MMO EVE Online has surpassed the 500,000 subscriber mark worldwide for the first time in the game’s history. The milestone is a major one in the game's ten years of operation and follows the December 4 release of EVE Online: Retribution, the game’s 18th free expansion. CCP says that this latest expansion is its most successful ever. Also in December, EVE Online relaunched in China with new partner Tiancity to bring the game to a massive new audience where it has been thriving ever since.
Diablo 3 for the PS3 and PS4 will not feature cross-platform play but it will include an offline mode for PS3 and PS4 players. PC players cannot play the game without being connected to Battle.net - even when playing single-player. The clarification on cross-platform play was made by the game's community manager Vaeflare on the Battle.net forums.
The latest pay-what-you-want, DRM-free bundle that featured a 72-hour marathon game jam session starring teams from Mojang, Grapefrukt, Ludosity, Oxeye, Vlambeer, and Wolfire, has managed to raise over $476,000 total (so far) for charity. The teams made a total of nine games in various phases of development in 72-hours, which ended on Saturday evening.
In an interview with MCV Ubisoft’s worldwide Uplay director Stephanie Perotti acknowledges that the company doesn't have the best relationship with the PC gaming community because of past issues (namely its strong support for "always on DRM" in several of its major PC titles), but that the company is listening to the feedback and reacting accordingly - most notably getting rid of its much-hated DRM-scheme.