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Skrillex Quest drops glitch Zelda in your browser

Skrillex Quest drops glitch Zelda in your browser
American dubstep artist Skrillex has put his name and music to a webgame produced by New York indie developer Jason Oda.

Hookshot Inc. takes a look.

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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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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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Text Based Multiplayer Shooter: Words at War

Text Based Multiplayer Shooter: Words at War
We live in exciting times for those to whom the words 'Go West' are less an excellent Pet Shop Boys song, and more an invitation to saunter through text based adventure, grues and mangrove swamps.

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Forget Drop7, all the cool kids are playing DropN

Forget Drop7, all the cool kids are playing DropN
People, people: prepare to hold the effin’, jeffin’ phone. Put on a startled expression, rub your eyes in disbelief and prepare for some serious mathematics as Darius Kazemi of Tiny Subversion blows your tiny little mind.

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Coral – QWOP-like zen

Coral - QWOP-like zen

Coral is the sort of game that Bennett Foddy, professorial creator of finger-contorting webgames QWOP and GIRP might have made following a cleansing trip to Tibet or some other Buddhist land that teaches keyboards are to be used as tools, not weapons. As with Foddy’s all-caps twins, Robert Meyer’s Coral elicits challenge by asking you to simultaneously press increasingly challenging combinations of keys on your computer’s keyboard.

The aim of the game is to move a series of ensō circles upwards to settle into their targets. Press two designated keys together and the associated ensō will gradually move towards...

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Super Hexagon: The joys of waiting

Super Hexagon: The joys of waiting
I was looking in a shop window earlier today and it made me think about looking in shop windows. I'm not about to launch into the first bars of The High Street's Dying (and Isn't It Sad?), but I thought I might riff for a few horribly muso moments on Hey! What Happened to Waiting? I'll have my back turned to the audience throughout, obv.

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OpenGameCity – be a part of it!

OpenGameCity – be a part of it!

Got a new indie project to show off? Want to perform an interpretive dance based on Metal Gear Solid 4? Think you can do a twenty minute stand-up on Activision's best business decisions? OpenGameCity is waiting for you!

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Zombie Olympics!

Zombie Olympics!
You read Game Toilet, right?

Game Toilet is a Posterous repository of Flash game ideas that its curator, King Baggot (real name: Jerry Carpenter), will "get round to making when I'm Man Enough."

His latest game is about zombies and the Olympics and is, unusually, playable. BRONZZZZZZE!

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Font robot wars

Font robot wars
The Font Bot project is the best of ideas. The brainchild of Jonathan Yule, the site invites graphic designers to create robots using the letters of the alphabet drawn from a single font.

Parkin gets his Helvetica on for a closer look.

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Eight things all indie developers should do when they talk to the press

Eight things all indie developers should do when they talk to the press

How should indie studios talk to publications like Eurogamer, Edge and Touch Arcade? What are the secrets of getting your game covered? Here's everything I've been telling young studios for the past few years. Hopefully, this will help...

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New Star Soccer: SIMON READ I LOVE YOU

New Star Soccer: SIMON READ I LOVE YOU
I'm biased, it's just a thing I do, but my favourite session at last week's Develop was organised by some two-bit operation called Hookshot Inc.

Called 'My First iPhone Game', the most unassuming hero of the three man line-up was a chap called Simon Read: known in hushed tones before and after the talk as 'the New Star Soccer' guy

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