Way back in the mists of time (Well, only a couple of months ago, but I've never been one to stickle when there's an dramatic effect to be had) you might have read my post-Leipzig Games Convention story on Redspot Games, an independent German games publisher which sprang out of the Dreamcast-Scene Web community and now dedicates itself to putting out games on everyone's favorite prematurely dead format, as well as one or two others. Not only are these giving me cool new things to play on my Dreamcast, they're also a very cool and very fun bunch of people, and really helped my GC go with a swing this summer. I like them rather a lot.
After the jump you can find a longer interview with Redspot's Max Scharl and Nicky Werner which I conducted with the assistance of solid gold member of the Dtoid army Lukas '3R0T1C N3RD' Cerin, wherin we discuss Redspot's origins and future, the building of an international Web community with the assistance of Sega themselves, making the second best game on the GP2X, ad just how in the Hell you manage to sell games for a dead format anyway.
And also, yes, Max has very kindly given me six copies of Redspot's recent side-on DC shooter Last Hope to give away to you lovely people. Details at the end of the interview, which in time-honored fashion, is after the jump.
Destructoid: So how did the whole thing start?
Destructoid: So have Sega been fairly supportive of the whole thing?
And the other one is Wind And Water Puzzle Battle. It's a classic puzzle game, but it also has a lot of other stuff working around the puzzle game, because we have about forty mini-games. There's a classic Outrun style game for example, and it's all embedded in the gameplay. There's also a story mode with a map like in Super Mario World, where we have one hundred different stages and you have to battle with characters based on the original developers. They've all got their own sprites and they're all like "Hey, I created this game. I'm going to kick your ass." The whole game's very funny and the whole story mode is all about making fun of ourselves.
We've had very very good feedback. People have been saying "Oh my god, it looks like a Nintendo DS title, if not better". It'll be coming out for the GP2X by the end of this year and for the Dreamcast next year. We wanted to have it as a kind of prestige title for us, to say "Hey, we can not only make shareware-looking games, we can make games with a lot of content that are a lot of fun, and that are high quality, just using the old styles."
In Europe it's a bit different, because in Europe the Dreamcast is more dead. I don't like that word, but it is more commercially dead. So the main problem we have in Europe is that we can't give it to wholesalers, because they'd be like "What the hell?". We've actually been contacting the retailers. We've been phoning but it's like "Hello, we're Redspot Games, sell our stuff? Oh no? Okay, thanks a lot." So we have only a few contacts in Europe. About the best thing to do in Europe is to order it from Play-Asia. [laughs]
We're working on it for when we release the first Nintendo DS title. I've had business negotiations at the Leipzig booth and it's gone pretty okay, but for the Dreamcast it's pretty difficult. For GP2X though, we have business negotiations with Gamepark Holdings, so let's see what happens.
Right, and now onto the competition. With the prizes being new Dreamcast games, I only want them to go to those who seriously love the machine, and so to that end you're going to have to work to prove your fandom. What I want from you guys is a written tribute to the lost but not forgotten format in the form of a poem. Yes, a poem. I'm English, what can I say?
Your writing can take any literary format you want. Sonnet, haiku, free verse, all these and more are available to you, and you can make your poem as long, short, serious or funny as you like. All entries must be posted in your community blog (and if you haven't got a community blog, get one here, enter the competition, and then realize in how many other ways being a registered member of Destructoid improves your life - Hint: All of them) under the title of "Dreamcast Love Letter", followed by the title of your poem. This part is important, as it makes it actually possible for us to find all the entries, so if you don't do it, I'm afraid you won't be eligible. Entry will close on the 18th of November, so you have exactly one week before the judging starts. Get writing and see if any of you can make me cry.
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