Long time no post


Hello. If you happen to be one of the 20 people max who will read this, congrats. You have nothing else to do with you day apparently. You might want to leave now before you lose all dignit…. too late. Anyway I have not posted in forever because of school and the work that comes with it, the commute that comes with it, and other assorted things. I have been playing some video games, but thank goodness this past while of indie games has been kind of a flop. There have been games like Dead Pixels, Dark Delve, etc., but not as many good games as the summer had. Oh yeah, other video games have been coming out too. So far we have had Batman: Arkham City (which is by far the best game I have played this year) and Battlefield 3 released in the last few weeks. Maybe indie developers realize that the last month and the next few months are terrible times to release games.

In PC Indie game news, its Humble Bundle time again! This time I was especially intrigued because as of right now the bundle includes the amazing XBLIG Blocks that Matter, the second game from the creators of Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, and some other game the bundle was built for. Honestly I just bought it for Blocks that Matter and The Binding of Isaac. I would highly suggest checking it out. Blocks that Matter seems to support an xbox 360 controller, so that is nice. The cool thing about the humble bundles is you pay what you want, which is usually a lot lower than normal price. I would pay at least 5 dollars so you don’t come off as a jerk. You have to pay about 5 right now to get more than Voxatron anyway. Pick it up now!

That being said, November is looking somewhat promising for indie games. I am looking forward to 3 indie games in particular:

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Escape Goat      Escape Goat (released for 240 msp) from the creator of Soulcaster I and II

Looks to be a great puzzle game. Is a great puzzle game. Whether or not there is enough content to justify the 240 msp price tag when the amount of content in the game is less than 50 MB remains to be seen.

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DLC Quest   DLC Quest (released for 80 msp) from the creator of Lair of the Evildoer

— Looks to be a fun platformer/RPG with lots of satire. And Horse Armor!! Review coming soon. Buy it.

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Volchaos (will release next week) from the creator of HSOoC and Nasty

— Interesting speed platformer with things like coins to collect, extreme levels, etc.

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I am looking forward to all of these games because 1) they are from competent developers who have made great games 2) they all seem to have something original and unique 3) They look awesome to play.

Now onto the topic of AAA games. Arkham City is awesome, Skyrim is almost here (at that point you won’t see me for awhile), and Battlefield and Modern Warfare fanboys are still having a crying contest (while the world continues not to care). Halo CE AE is coming out soon. I will not be getting it yet, maybe once I move into the dorm it would be nice to have. The holiday season is quickly upon us, so I expect a huge lull in indie games. Sure we are going to see Volchaos release, but after 11/8 your ability to sell games starts to get lower and lower by the day. Hopefully I am wrong and we see an awesome indie game that sells well, but that is doubtful. I am hoping good games don’t get buried by the holiday season AAA game rush.

I have also been working on my own game ideas. I think of myself as not completely stupid because the first idea I am fleshing out is just taking breakout and messing around with it and making it fun. Notice how I said “idea”. Well that is because with my workload in the honors college I have not been able to do any extra programming at all. But, in the middle of boring classes, I have been able to fill up 30 pages or so in a game design notebook of assorted ideas. I am thinking about learning C++ whenever I have the time, because Java just won’t cut it. Hopefully I can get some more time over winter break and next semester, but I have ideas! I promise.

That is all.

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About Dcon
Just a 20 something dude who like to think a lot about things, sometimes even write about them.

One Response to Long time no post

  1. Excellent write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site.
    Keep it up!

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