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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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Alt-Minds is… something… erm… don’t say transmedia!

Alt-Minds is... something... erm... don't say transmedia!
I'm not sure I can tell you what Alt-Minds is, but I can tell you it looks like something that might happen in the future somehow.

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Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Biddle on fixing Metal Gear Solid

Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Biddle on fixing Metal Gear Solid
Following Stealth Bastard's gigantic success as a free downloadable PC game, creator Jonathan Biddle is releasing a fleshed-out version for Steam.

We caught up with him to find out more.

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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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Pid software – beam platforming for XBLA, PSN & Steam

Pid software - beam platforming for XBLA, PSN & Steam
Pluck indie title Pid hit XBLA, PSN and Steam yesterday, taking on the might of Halo 4 and all the other Christmas Goliaths for your attention/.

But it's a quiet treat, worthy of your attention today.

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The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

It's a scrolling platformer that looks like a cool '60s graphic design sequence and it has a cast of characters so chic they could out-style the employees of Sterling Cooper without ruffling a collar. Do you ruffle collars? I don't know.

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Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity

Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity
The creator of Thomas Was Alone tells us what he found out about his game when he let the likes of Kieron Gillen, Martin Hollis and Adam Saltsman poke about in it

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StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!

StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!
Ever fancied crafting your own adventure game or interactive narrative? Too darn lazy to write a whole bunch of code? Fear not, London--based Failbetter Games has the approachable story-creation tool for you.

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Pushcat – worth its weight in silver

Pushcat - worth its weight in silver
Hookshot Hero designer Gary J. Lucken and good friend Fritz Solares have a new game out for PC/ Mac, a match-three, Boulder Dash mash-up called Pushcat that is quietly spectacular.

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Double Droids and the wonder of game development

Double Droids and the wonder of game development


This weekend I made an award-winning video game. I should probably clarify that.

From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon I was one of four games writers taking place in the first ever Journo/Dev job swap game jam. The idea came from Will Luton who tweeted during Develop that journalists have it harder than most devs think. This controversial viewpoint kicked off a fiery discussion, that ended with Luton proposing a game jam in which journalists wrote games, while a selection of professional game makers pretended to be journos, covering the event as it progressed.

It was a great...

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Doom and Wizardry veterans Kickstart ye olde RPG genre

Doom and Wizardry veterans Kickstart ye olde RPG genre
Brenda Brathwaite, the co-creator of the Wizardry series, and Tom Hall, one of the founding members of id, have launched a Kickstarter fund for an old school role-playing game, which they are currently calling... Old School Role Playing Game. It'll be a first-person fantasy/sci-fi adventure for Mac and PC, "reminiscent of the true masterworks in the genre".

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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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