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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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Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

There are 12 days to go. 12 days. And Simon Roth needs £50,000 or it's all over. This being the indie games business in 2012, we're of course talking about a Kickstarter project. We're talking about Maia.

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Receiver: the ultimate gun game?

Receiver: the ultimate gun game?
Receiver's a bit of an escort mission, really, and the thing you're escorting is your gun. Most shooters are happy to stick with aiming, shooting, and the occasionally button tap to reload. Receiver is not most shooters.

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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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Red Remover: It’s rad (and red)

Red Remover: It's rad (and red)
Man, what's the big deal with red, eh? Somebody should teach red a lesson. You know, really stick it to 'em. Big red idiots.

Don't worry! Somebody has. Somebody named Gaz, actually, and he's done it via the only medium that red will understand: the browser game.

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Tiny and Big: Bear witness to the Power of Pants

Tiny and Big: Bear witness to the Power of Pants
I fell a little bit in love with Tiny and Big many moons ago, at the Eurogamer Expo. Now though, not only can you play the Tiny and Big beta – Up That Mountain – but you can direct your laser-eyes towards a teaser of the first episode - Grandpa’s Leftovers. All this, AND you can pre-order?

Set pants-laser to stun. We’re going in.

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Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests

Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests
Man, when do Ronimo get to sleep these days? Do they take it in shifts? Have they weened themselves off the habit entirely? Do they administer little electrical shocks to themselves every thirty seconds like Moscow Metro drivers? Hopefully not. Anyway, alongside work on Awesomenauts, they've also released DLC for Swords & Soldiers. Rad.

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Mari0: Now you’re platforming with Portals…

Mari0: Now you're platforming with Portals...
Prepare to have your mind boggled. The charming types at StabYourself have given Super Mario Bros. a portal gun. The plumber can now enter infini-loops, Bullet Bills can find themselves directed into harm's way and the shells of Koopa Troopers placed in perpetual motion.

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Monkey Island meets Warioware in McPixel

Monkey Island meets Warioware in McPixel
McPixel, launched June 6 for iOS, Android, PC and Mac (and Commodore 64) is a Polish point and click adventure in which you have just 20 seconds to solve each scene.

Parkin speaks to the game's creator to find out more about this intriguing genre mash-up.

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Hot Shot: Will Fight for Food

Hot Shot: Will Fight for Food
Koala Man needs your help. That's one of my main takeaways from the latest trailer for Will Fight for Food, a role-playing brawler that hits PC and Linux on the 13th April. The game looks wonderfully strange and pleasantly violent. I'm in.

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Snuggle Truck added to Android Humble Bundle

Snuggle Truck added to Android Humble Bundle
Cuddly toy drive ‘em up Snuggle Truck, one of Hookshot Inc’s favourite indie games of the past 12 months, has been added to the Android Humble Bundle, a collection of games available in a ‘pay what you want’ download.

Parkin looks at why that matters.

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FTL: in space, no one can hear you scheme

FTL: in space, no one can hear you scheme

Ah, another Kickstarter success story – and this time, it's got nothing to do with a famous developer or the return of a well-known RPG series. This one is about a two-man studio in Shanghai putting together a Roguelike strategy game, in which you fly a spaceship through the galaxy commanding your crew and fighting other craft.

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