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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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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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No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3

No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3
I'd been waiting for the right moment to try Serious Sam 3: BFE, and it turned out that the right moment was this weekend, because I had the flu.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 – released date announced!

Minecraft 1.8.2 - released date announced!
4J Studios has announced that Minecraft update 1.8.2 is coming to Xbox in less than 24 hours. Are you ready to get creative? You might be after you watch the fun trailer!

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ToeJam & Earl – I’m still excited.

ToeJam & Earl - I'm still excited.
So what's the best day of the year? Christmas Day? Halloween? August 11, feast day of Clare of Assisi, the patron saint of television? No, it's November 7th, because that's when ToeJam & Earl hits PSN and XBLA. Okay, that's only the best day of this year. Normally it's Halloween.

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NiGHTs and the 12 games of Christmas

NiGHTs and the 12 games of Christmas
NiGHTS into DREAMS is out this week for XBLA and PSN. Yuji Naka's game is famous for having a Christmas mode, activated when you play during December.

Here are 12 games Hookshot Inc. would like to see follow suit.

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Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain rolls out. Breaks neck.

Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain rolls out. Breaks neck.
You’ve nailed the Gigatrack. You’ve sampled some of the 160,000 user-made tracks. You’ve done that one that’s a bit like Inception, and you’ve waxed lyrical about how scooting through the D-Day landings on a dirt-bike made you truly understand the horror of war. What next?

Why, only Trials Evolution’s expansion pack Origin of Pain!

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Strike Suit Zero – space is back!

Strike Suit Zero – space is back!
Behold, a 3D space combat simulator that recalls those heady days of Wing Commander and Colony Wars - just with super detailed HD visuals and a touch of Anime-style mech action. And, by Saturn's rings, is it beautiful.

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Hell Yeah is out tomorrow. (And it’s amazing.)

Hell Yeah is out tomorrow. (And it's amazing.)
This isn't a review, because there frankly aren't enough stars in the world. Think of it as a heads-up, instead: Arkedo Studio's latest game hits the download services tomorrow, and it's their best yet.

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Deadlight: Why I’m not a Rat Fan.

Deadlight: Why I’m not a Rat Fan.
My official period of state mourning for Deadlight has now passed. I can now slump towards you, eyes to the ground with gamepad plaintively proffered upwards, and mourn a great could-have-been. Oh Tequila Works, you got me in such a tizzy – and then cruelly snatched my dreams away.

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Walking Dead and the terror of choice

Walking Dead and the terror of choice
What is the most horrifying element of Telltale Games' zombie adventure Walking Dead? Is it the undead monsters? Is it the feral survivors? Or is it having to make decisions in a game world without moral guidance or culpability? Ah yes, that one.

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Jet Set Radio and the great gaming re-release robbery

Jet Set Radio and the great gaming re-release robbery
Video game re-releases leave a lot to be desired.

As Jet Set Radio is re-released today, Hookshot Inc. looks at some of the reasons why we undervalue our heritage, and some of the reasons why it's important we start to do so.

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