Digital Eel Earns an Ernie

Digital Eel’s BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity has earned itself an Ernie for best in game audio from Bytten. The Bytten Ernie awards reward independent games that stand out of the crowd. Resident reviewers Andrew Williams and Steve Blanch choose games over the past year that excel in a particular area, show originality, or deserve recognition in some way.

Congratulations, Digital Eel!

April 30, 2009 · Posted in Contests, Games   
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Mevo & the Grooveriders Coming to iPhone!

Just got the news that MEVO & the Grooveriders will be coming to the iPhone! MEVO is a synchronized music/rhythm platform game that was recently released on both Steam and Big Fish Games. The game, developed by Red Rocket Games, requires that you merge music and rhythm with timing in order to defeat the reign of silence. Think Mario merged with Guitar Hero.

I’ll be getting screens for the game and posting them shortly, but it seems to me that a game such as this is eminently suited for the iPhone platform. Can’t wait to try it out!

April 30, 2009 · Posted in Games   
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uDevGames 2008 Top Two Interviewed



I talk with Justin Ficarrotta about Laserface Jones vs Doomsday Odious, his winning entry in the uDevGames 2008 contest, as well as his successes within the commercial game industry. Also, a chat with Matthew Woods, who developed Constellation for the uDevGames contest, his first contest entry, winning second place in the Best Overall category. We talk about what inspired him to found Paper Dragon Games and what he intends to do from here.

Constellation Laserface Jones vs. Doomsday Odious
April 29, 2009 · Posted in Podcasts   
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Game Review Edition 6 has posted



I uploaded Game Review Edition 6 yesterday, but only was able to get the blog post today. Features great reviews of:

Caster by Elecorn
Caster Attack

Crayon Physics Deluxe for the iPhone by Hudson Entertainment
Crayon Physics Deluxe for the iPhone

LEGO Indiana Jones by Feral Interactive
The Ark of the Covenant

Enjoy!

April 22, 2009 · Posted in Games, Podcasts   
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Talking plants and Zombies and PopCap….Oh My!!

Because you need to see talking plants singing about zombies on the lawn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N1_0SUGlDQ

A little snippet of what PopCap’s new game for the PC and Mac, Plants vs. Zombies, will be like.

April 22, 2009 · Posted in Games, General   
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Chronicles of Inotia, Lite, and Free!

Com2Us is releasing a free version of their Chronicles of Inotia: Legend of Feanor (Tolkein roll, +2) so you can get a taste of the iPhone game for yourself. Chronicles of Inotia was released last December; from the PR:

The Chronicles of Inotia: Legend of Feanor is an old-school action RPG with PC and console game graphic quality that guides players through a rich fantasy storyline as they protect the beautiful land of Inotia. Players begin by creating a customized character with their choice of attributes, then set out on a journey to find the evil dragon Deathtaker, who disappeared after an epic battle. Villagers and vendors help along the way, and players can raise pets that enhance their attributes.

April 22, 2009 · Posted in Games, General   
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Sun/Oracle Merger…and Project Darkstar?

So, if you are one of those that has been interested in Sun’s Project Darkstar, you might just be wondering what will happen to this great online game engine project in light of the Sun/Oracle merger that has been announced. Apparently, not even the folks at Project Darkstar know either, yet:

The only answer we can give is that we don’t know. When we do (and when we can say something; these sorts of transactions are subject to lots of laws about what can be said and when) we will tell you. But for now, we are just going to move ahead with what we are doing…

Jim Waldo

Best thing to do is keep track of the forum thread for updated information as it comes, and hope that Oracle doesn’t take Sun apart into small pieces and trash it all.

April 21, 2009 · Posted in General   
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Update on Unreal Tournament III

For those of use who have been waiting…waiting…waiting…for the Unreal Tournament III port to be completed by MacSoft, I do have some good news. Picked up through the Inside Mac Games forum, apparently Ryan Gorden, famed Mac porter who has worked on Quake and Unreal Tournament ports in the past, has given an update regarding the progress of UTIII in the UTIII for Linux mailing list:

I just wanted to drop a note and say that the UT3 linux and mac work is still ongoing.
Largely we’re just optimizing and fixing annoying bugs at the moment.

No release date at the moment. Yes, I know we’re already 16 months late.
I’m sorry, we’ll get you the game as soon as we can.

Thanks for your eternal patience,
–ryan.

Hopefully, this will mean a release sometime in the next couple of months. Speculation is that Ryan has been waiting for the Titan Pack expansion pack to be released before completing the port, though that really doesn’t explain the extreme lateness at this time. I’ll see if I can get an interview with him soon to get any details.

April 21, 2009 · Posted in Games, General   
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Overgrowth looking for tagline

Overgrowth developer Wolfire is looking for a tagline for their game. They’ve got some ideas up, and would be interested in your thoughts on them, or any taglines that you can come up with.

Personally, “long ears, short temper” is my favorite. Your mileage may vary.

April 20, 2009 · Posted in Games   
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Logo Contest Update…that’s four now

I’ve received the fourth submission for the logo contest, and I’m really excited. Everyone who has submitted so far has really done a great job, and I think that we have some quality logos to review and vote on come May 23.

In the meantime, the redesign of the website is moving along very nicely, which I announced in the April newsletter that I would have done earlier than planned. It looks quite good, and I’m really happy with the work that has been done on it so far. If you want to see what it looks like before I relaunch it, sign up for the newsletter and you’ll be the first to know!

April 20, 2009 · Posted in Contests, General   
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