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How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

Last week I did a talk at the Launch Conference in Birmingham about how developers should deal with the gaming press. As part of my 'preparations' I asked a bunch of my peers what they thought. Here's what they told me...

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Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!

Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!
There was (long ago, far away etc) a time when Star Wars games were a bastion of quality. Even the crap ones like Rebel Assault.

Angry Birds: Star Wars is a throwback to that halcyon era. It’s seemingly constructed by someone locked in a time capsule that predates The Phantom Menace and, reader, I love it.

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The Hookshot bundle watch

The Hookshot bundle watch
Another selection of indie bundle deals and news stories from around the bundling world. This week: Sportsfriends, Harvest and Humble Bundle Android!

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Curiosity: Toilet door graffiti for the soul

Curiosity: Toilet door graffiti for the soul
Curiosity is the world’s first multiplayer rust simulator. The fingers of thousands of people tip-tapping on a vast cube – spreading patterns of decay wherever your eyes can wander.

Of course, though, there’s also a whole lotta penis.

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Funky Smugglers – National security has never been this much fun

Funky Smugglers – National security has never been this much fun
I showed Funky Smugglers to Parkin and Donlan on the train back from our victory at the Games Media Awards, and made lots of happy noises. They looked at each other for a while, and then Parkin said: “That looks like a real ‘Will’ game”.

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Zombie Gunship: Shoot me with your love

Zombie Gunship: Shoot me with your love
Zombie Gunship is the game where Call of Duty and Zombies collide, yet it isn’t Call of Duty Zombies. “So what is it?”, as Cat would ask in the fourth episode of series four of Red Dwarf.

What we’re dealing with here is a riff on the AC130 missions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – mixed in with a spot of zombie-based Tower Defence.

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Rebel: It’s my favourite PlayStation Mobile launch title!

Rebel: It's my favourite PlayStation Mobile launch title!
Morning! The time has come to ask yourself what your favourite game of the PlayStation Mobile line-up is.

I'm not sure you can say Super Crate Box either, since that feels like cheating. Kind of.

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Bad Piggies: Angry Pigs Might Fly

Bad Piggies: Angry Pigs Might Fly
It's here! The Second Coming of Rovio is here! Well, actually - perhaps this could be thought of as the Third or Fourth Coming, technically. Maybe even the thirtieth or fortieth one you take all their previous games into account.

So what I'm basically saying is that Bad Piggies just rewrote the Bible, and added DLC.

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Charles Cecil on Broken Sword: Kickstarter fans have already changed the game

Charles Cecil on Broken Sword: Kickstarter fans have already changed the game
There's been something of an upturn in fortunes at Revolution Software. The veteran British developer found itself almost penniless a couple of years ago when publishing deals ensured the company made little money from its third and fourth Broken Sword titles. But then came the App Store, digital distribution and sales of over four million for remastered editions of Shadow of the Templar and The Smoking Mirror adventures on iOS. And then there was Kickstarter.

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Taiso: the game to break your iPhone 5

Taiso: the game to break your iPhone 5
One of the ten games selected for last week's Sense of Wonder Night at the Tokyo Game Show, Taiso is a gymnastics game in which your phone becomes the gymnast.

The more you risk damaging its glass screen with sky high flips and twizzles, the more points you can earn....

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Bad Piggies: “Let’s be bad guys”

Bad Piggies: “Let’s be bad guys”
It’s a matter of public record that Angry Birds has conditioned me to despise pigs. My early devotion to catapulted avians has left me snarling at the Sainsburys meat counter. Those… those pigs! With their stupid crowns! How I hate them and their smug little green faces.

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Review: Drop7’s secret mode – without any real spoilers regarding Drop7’s secret mode

Review: Drop7’s secret mode – without any real spoilers regarding Drop7’s secret mode
Drop7’s secret mode has been relatively common knowledge for long enough now that the time has come to – y’know – review it. However, because I can’t be sure that everybody’s discovered it, I thought the decent thing to do would be to review it without really giving anything away about it.

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