indiecade 2015

Indiecade 2015 Games Announced

on Tuesday, Oct. 13th

IndieCade, the annual International Festival of Independent Games held in Culver City each October, has announced the official selections for this year’s festival. Touching down in downtown Culver from Oct.23-25, this year’s festival features a mix of returning favorites, award winners, and intriguing new offerings across a plethora of genres.

Remember: IndieCade isn’t just about video games. There are “big games” which involve full physical participation, board games, and virtual reality experiments right alongside more “traditional” computer games. Whatever “traditional computer games” means these days. No one really knows. Isn’t that wonderful.

VR heads would be wise to show up and check out the selections on offer, which were curated in part by Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus and immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña. (Now that’s a couple of people who know VR.) If you’re lucky you’ll get your hands on experiences like the Proto Award winning I Expect You To Die and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.

Or maybe you’ll discover the next great award winning VR experience.

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Video Games Get A Whole New (Crowdfunding) Platform (Kinda)

on Tuesday, Aug. 18th

Kickstarter has a new competitor today, at least when it comes to video games.

Fig—led by Justin Bailey the former Chief Operating Officer for Double Fine, the game studio that kicked off the game crowdfunding crazy—has made a somewhat splashy debut in the gaming corner of the Internet today.

There are two big differences between Fig and ye olde Kickstarter: for, uh, starters Fig is part of the wave of post-JOBS Act crowdfunding sites that offer up equity in the finished product.


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A View From The Top: The LA Games Conference

on Friday, May. 8th

Industry events are strange beast no matter which industry is involved. Industry events in Los Angeles are doubly so. When the industry in question is the video game industry as it stands in LA pretty much all bets are off.

This week I attended Digital Media Wire’s LA Games Conference. A gathering of industry insiders, developers, Financiers, and press. There is in the glitz and glamour of E3—their are no game demos just chats with executives, Analysts and their ilk. While there’s nothing”sexy” about this type of event one can get a real handle I’m what the industries consensus is going to look like for the next six months.

Spoiler alert: if you consider yourself a core gamer you’re probably not going to like where the endless quest for cash is leading the bulk of the industry.


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The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

on Thursday, Aug. 28th

WARNING: Contains Opinions. (Oh no!)

When I look at what the culture of gaming has become this summer I recoil in disgust. The worst excesses of geekdom, wherein the bullied become the bullies, have been on display.

The most hideous form of this has been what’s happened to developer Zoe Quinn and feminist cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian in the past two weeks. Quinn was doxed as part of a revenge campaign begun by an ex-boyfriend. Sarkeesian was driven out of her home by threats of violence against her and her family.

Quinn’s story has splintered into a ranging discussion about journalistic ethics in the gaming enthusiast press, even though no one has been able to show that an ethical breach occurred. The problem is that the accusations of unethical behavior found an all too willing audience: gamers just don’t trust the enthusiast press.


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Why The Flappy Bird You Know And Love Is Never Coming Back

on Monday, Mar. 17th

Last week Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen emerged from a self-imposed media seclusion in the pages of Rolling Stone. He had become practically invisible after pulling his game from the Apple App Store for being “too addictive.”

In Rolling Stone the developer, one of the few rockstars of the game development world thanks to the sudden success of Flappy Bird, signaled that he might be willing to put the game back on sale.

If Christopher J. Langbein, CEO of Mobile Media Partners, is right that’s not ever going to happen.


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Is This Amazon’s Own Game Controller?

on Friday, Mar. 14th

The site Zatz Not Funny is claiming to have come across images of an Amazon-branded video game controller/media remote for an as-yet-unannounced set top box.

By way of an overseas regulatory agency, similar to our very own FCC, we continue to hone in on the elusive Amazon media streamer. As the story goes, a fall launch was delayed with the Roku Apple TV competitor now looking quite likely for March or April. Netflix and Hulu appear to be confirmed, as does a forked Android build – similar to what Amazon has done with their line of Kindle Fire tablets. Which makes gaming out of the box quite likely.

Bezos and company could get the drop on both Apple and Google if they can bring a gaming-capable media player to the living room first. Where will that leave the little guys like Ouya and GameStick? Probably as complete after-thoughts.

The Game Developers Conference opens up next week in San Francisco, and there are already rumors that Sony is going to announce a 3D headset competitor for the indie-developed Oculus Rift there. Could we see an Amazon box being touted as well? The American debut of the Sony PS Vita TV?

Every so often we get big announcements at GDC, this could be one of those years.

Via: The Verge

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Tickets For MLG Championship’s Return To Anaheim Go On Sale

on Friday, Mar. 14th

Over the past few years video games have been growing in popularity as a spectator sport. Millions of gamers watch each other online and thousands show up for live events.

Major League Gaming, which has been in the eSports business for over a decade now, brings its championship tournament back to Anaheim, CA in June and the promoter expects to break last years attendance record of 21,000 fans.

At the moment three game tournaments have been announced: Call of Duty: Ghosts, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and a returning favorite Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Melee. $135,000 in prizes have been announced for these three championships combined.

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When Game Emulation Goes Wrong

on Friday, Jan. 31st

The world of classic British video games is an exotic otherworld to American fans. There are years worth of games, and game systems, that are completely alien to American gamers. Such is the case with the games made for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an early color computer that helped usher in the 8-Bit era in the United Kingdom.

When UK-based Elite Systems made a Kickstarter run to create bluetooth accessory that would recreate the ZX Spectrum it became a hit. Now there’s a snag, as TorrentFreak reports:

Elite Systems already publishes emulated classic ZX Spectrum games on the App Store, and it will be these games that will work with the forthcoming Bluetooth device. However, games developers who created these games are now coming forward to complain that while they signed deals with Elite several years ago, the company hasn’t paid them a penny.

Two hours to go on the Kickstarter clock and Elite Systems has already cleared its goal. Will the inevitable lawsuits mire the development of the accessory? Will gamers rally in support of the unsupported devs? Why can’t people be fair dealing with each other?

H/T to Jon Poritsky.

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Winter is For Gamers

on Tuesday, Jan. 14th

Fall is usually the time for harvest, but this winter the crop of independent video games has been strong as crowdfunding seeds sewn long ago finally bear fruit.

The first notable release was the pre-Christmas arrival of République, the stealth action game from developer Camouflaj. Today two other highly anticipated, Kickstarter-funded, games launch.

First up–only for campaign backers for now– is the game that began the Kickstarter video game mania: Double Fine’s Broken Age. Split into two parts, the first half of Broken Age will be available for the general public on January 28th on PC, Mac and Linux platforms.

Available to all today is The Banner Saga–which is the work of Austin-based studio Stoic, who I had the pleasure of interview last year in their hometown.


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Currently Funding: What Does *Your* Fox Say? FaceRig Mo-Cap Software

on Monday, Jan. 6th

Here’s another step closer to the “metaverse” science fiction fans were promised in the 90’s.

A small team of software developers in Romania are drumming up crowdfunding support via IndieGogo for FaceRig, which maps a 3D modeled digital character to motion captured input from a webcam. Smile, and the cartoon fox smiles. The demo video the that has been making the rounds of tech sites shows off a handful of characters appearing to be controlled in real time by a fairly standard looking webcam feed.


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To Build The VR Education of Tomorrow One Scholar Turns To The Past

There are plenty of folks in the education technology field who are excited about virtual reality as the next great educational tool.



We’re Closer To Our Photorealistic VR Future Than You’d Think (INTERVIEW)

A look into the virtual world of tomorrow with USC researcher Paul Debevec.


Prepare Yourselves For The Personal VR Video Revolution

Virtual Reality is rapidly approaching a watershed moment.

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Spoiler Alert: Hollywood Isn’t Taking Cyber Security Seriously (LA Film Fest)

Tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, squeezed in between movies and red carpet events, a symposium on Cyber Security is being held at the Grammy Museum.

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Rent Video Straight From Social Media Via Gumroad

The people who brought the “Buy Now” button to Twitter are going all-in on film distribution.