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Alt.Ctrl.GDC photo
These make the Wii balance board look downright boring. Er, more boring.
There was a wonderful spread of strange and interesting indie games at GDC, including a special exhibit called Alt.Ctrl, focusing on projects that made use of unusual controllers. Bill Zoeker screwed around with these for a ... read feature

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Documentary

I have a good feeling about the documentary series Super Game Jam


It follows five separate 48-hour game jams
Mar 17
Filmmakers Daniel Oliveira Carneiro and Bram Ruiter are teaming up with publisher Devolver Digital for Super Game Jam, a monthly documentary series which pairs up notable independent designers for 48 hours of game making bas... read
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Procedural Death Jam

Procedural Death Jam cites Spelunky and FTL as influences


'Stop trying to make procedural death labyrinth happen'
Mar 03
Roguelikes have seen a surge in popularity in the last few years, with some titles reaching the highest levels of indie game success, like FTL: Faster Than Light or Spelunky. However, despite the recent focus on certain game ... read
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Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk Game Jam is now open to entries


Someone please make a Ramones Vs. Terminator game
Mar 02
Up and coming indie darling Devi Ever (Lillian Gish, Call Center Cleveland) is putting on a Cyberpunk Game Jam, and you're all invited. A lot of promising entries are already in the works by the likes of Okinawa Terminal, Bac... read
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Gods Will Be Watching

Gods Will Be Watching coming to Steam, GOG in June


I hope none are watching me in the bathroom
Feb 26
Last year we heard that Devlover Digital would be publishing the tense, point-and-click game Gods Will Be Watching from Spanish developer Deconstructeam. If you've been waiting for the full release then, it's still a few mon... read
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Double Fine

Fans are bringing an unused Double Fine pitch to life


BAD GOLF 2! BAD GOLF 2!
Feb 24
While it may not have been my favorite concept for a game out of Amnesia Fortnight 2014, the pitch itself for Bad Golf 2 was among the best. It was literally just Double Fine's Patrick Hackett chanting "Bad Golf 2!" four time... read
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Trainfinity transforms tablets to train tracks


48-hour jam game needs to be in my life
Feb 21
Watch this. It's a teaser for Trainfinity, a game developed in 48 hours during the Nordic Game Jam last week. A local cooperative multiplayer game, tracks run in three lanes from one player's tablet to the next while trains ... read
Double Fine photo
Double Fine

These are the four winning games of Amnesia Fortnight


Pitching games isn't easy
Feb 18
Before Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight, "The only way [other people] would become project lead was if I died, and I didn't want to die. Or be killed," said CEO Tim Schafer. The game jam is back this year and as voted by peop... read
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Flappy Jam, a collection of almost unplayable games


Indie devs get together in support of one another
Feb 11
The latest game dev jam is Flappy Jam, which sees indie developers getting together in an effort to show support for each other in the game development community. "Envy and teasing should not belong to our community," the web... read
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Candy Kill

Ska Studios puts out free game to protest Candy jerks


Trolling the trademark trolls
Feb 07
After Candy Crush Saga developer King filed a trademark for the word "candy" as it pertains to videogames, indie developers struck back the only way they knew how -- by making indie games. Appropriately and reb... read
Double Fine photo
Double Fine

Vote on potential Double Fine games in Amnesia Fortnight


It's back, now with more Pendleton Ward
Feb 06
Double Fine is hosting another Amnesia Fortnight game jam over the next two weeks, giving fans a chance to support the company financially and voice their opinion about which prototypes should move forward into full producti... read
Oculus Rift bomb defusal photo
Oculus Rift bomb defusal

Cut the red wire! Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


Wait, no, the blue one! Press the dog button! How much time is left?
Jan 28
Asymmetric cooperative multiplayer is an idea that I always love to see in action. Artemis has done a good job proving that the concept is sound, if not a bit cumbersome to execute. The newest game that falls into the catego... read
Candy Jam photo
Candy Jam

Love candy but hate trademark trolling? Here's Candy Jam


Sucrose trademarks? More like suck-gross, right?
Jan 22
Just the other day we heard that King, developer of the why-are-all-of-my-friends-playing-this behemoth Candy Crush Saga, successfully trademarked the word "candy" as it relates to games. In an effort to fight trademark trol... read
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PC

McPixel developer's new web game is pure chaos


Night Rider Turbo
Nov 27
"Your car is falling apart in the middle of the night in the middle of a highway. Make sure not to die. This is important. Control the car using hand." This is Night Rider Turbo, the chaotic new game from McPixel creator Sos ... read
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Leaf Me Alone

Need something to do? Play Leaf Me Alone


Ludum Dare 26 game playable in browser
Nov 19
The Ludum Dare game jam series has been going on for a while now, with its 28th iteration coming up next month. Ludum Dare 26's theme was "minimalism," and one of the titles to come out of that event was Leaf Me Alone, a 2D e... read
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Max Scoville presents "Sexy Video Game News-Hole"
As you might've heard yesterday, I am back with Destructoid as full-time Video Warlock. And so, I've wasted absolutely no time whatsoever abusing my newfound power, and here's the first episode of my new show: Sexy Video Gam... read feature

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Simulation

So, I played this 'Golf Ball Picker-Upper Cart' sim


And it was worth the download!
Jul 30
I'm not usually prone to playing straight-faced simulation games. You know the ones. If I ever did, it would be for a laugh rather than an actual desire to get enjoyment out of performing digital recreations of mundane tasks.... read
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Simulator

That space-station janitor sim now has multiplayer


Viscera Cleanup Detail still cracks me up
Jul 23
The impressive effort of a game jam, Viscera Cleanup Detail is another one of those inherently funny simulation games that's actually in on the joke. As you've hopefully heard by now, it stars you as a determined janitor who ... read
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Hatesnake3D

Hatesnake3D is a surreal kaleidoscope of snake survival


Unhinge your jaw and eat your heart out, Keita Takahashi
Jun 20
Indie Buskers is a group of developers who participate in game jams to help pay the bills. Rat King is one of those developers, consisting of a two-person team with a pretty diverse portfolio. In the most recent Indie Buskers... read
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DICKHAND

Give space a good fisting in Dick Hand


Idle hands are the Devil's plaything
Jun 18
Dick Hand is a game in which the player defends themselves from enemy ships and space debris with a "cleaning apparatus" they have limited control over. The apparatus is a lengthy tube, ends in a hand, and is positioned... read
Nintendo IP photo
Imagine an Animal Crossing game by Anna Anthropy...
Nintendo is in an extremely interesting place right now. They're run by men like Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto, who at one time in their lives were artists and programmers (respectively) on games not much larger than toda... read feature

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Indie

Indie Fund backs Kachina, a Molyjam game


Title is described as a "physics-based toy"
Apr 17
Just days after saying they would welcome a time when their services aren't needed, the folks behind the Indie Fund have announced the fifth game they'll be backing. This time it's Kachina which is being developed by Ben Espo... read
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QUILTBAG: The queer game jam has begun


Gay Planet 4 Lyfe
Apr 06
When Bioware announced that they were going to make Star Wars: The Old Republic more inclusive by having one planet where same sex characters flirt with each other, reactions were split. Some on either side of the homophobia ... read
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Cat game jam

Upcoming game jam will make games for cats


Cats can play games with their paws
Mar 15
Stop the presses! People are getting together to create games for cats. Not about cats, or with cats in them, but stuff that cats can actually play. With their paws. Friskies is hosting a weekend-long event to gather develop... read
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Charity

Watch Notch have his beard shaved


Because you're clearly not doing anything important right now
Mar 02
During this past week's Mojam event, designers from Mojang, Vlambeer, Wolfire Games and more participated in a 78-hour game design challenge. All of the games created were offered through Humble Bundle in exchange for a dona... read
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Humble Bundle Mojam 2 is going on right now


Give to charity, get some game jam games
Feb 20
This morning, Mojang and the Humble Bundle team kicked off the Humble Bundle Mojam 2, a game jam whose proceeds go entirely to the charities Block by Block and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As usual for the Humble Bund... read
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Heart to Get

This is a game you play by literally beating your meat


Give that meat a nice, firm squeeze
Jan 31
"A beating heart" was the theme of this year's Global Game Jam -- an event held in various sites around the world simultaneously where participants have to design a game in 48 hours. And among all the submissions, Heart to G... read
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Ouya

Ouya game jam produces more than 150 games in 10 days


Now that's a launch line-up
Jan 29
Consoles live and die by their games. It's as simple as that. Naturally, the biggest question regarding the Ouya's impending launch is whether there will be enough quality software to justify the $99 price point. Enter Kill S... read
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Let Surgeon Simulator 2013 turn you into Harold Shipman


Ethics don't even coming into it
Jan 28
If a surgeon screwed up a delicate heart operation by messing around in real life, it would be both a tragedy and cause for a public outcry. In the realm of videogames, it's hilarious. Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a game all ab... read