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7:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Nottingham National Videogame Arcade hosts JumpJam

This year, England's National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham is hosting its first major exhibition titled Jump!, dedicated to jumping in games. Aiming to answer questions like "Why do so many games include jumping" and "How h...

Laura Kate Dale

7:45 PM on 02.25.2015

Game jam dealing with the struggles of being trans

A month-long game jam, JamForLeelah, recently concluded and the 22 participating games are available now. Leelah Alcorn was a transgender teen who had a passion for videogames and an interest in game design. Leelah took her l...

Jed Whitaker

10:30 AM on 02.11.2015

Teacart 1k game jam to build multiple games using the same save file

Jim Crawford, best known for the notoriously strange Frog Fractions, is putting together a game jam built around the idea of creating games compatible with SHARECART1000. What's special about SHARECART1000? It is a system tha...

Darren Nakamura



Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit photo
Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit
by Jordan Devore

I'm filing this one under "You'd be stupid not to cover it, Jordan."

Lovesick is a simple, physics-driven two-player game for PC and Mac in which a bride and groom explode out of both ends after eating undercooked shrimp. Classic mistake. The player who lands the most "projectiles" in the toilet is deemed victorious. But really, whoever wins, we lose.

I refuse to spoil the game's fabulous song selection, but know that it's on point.

Lovesick [Deep Plaid Games]

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7:10 PM on 11.18.2014

I played a bunch of bizarre first-person shooters so you don't have to

You remember Superhot, don't you? It's a first-person shooter in which time progresses at a normal speed only when you move. Or how about Receiver? It had somewhat realistic gun handling that made for a rewarding experience. ...

Jordan Devore



Madden Crusade was made in under an hour photo
Madden Crusade was made in under an hour
by Jordan Devore

Did you remember to adjust your clock(s) on Sunday? I just slept in as always. Some game designers used the end of daylight saving time as an excuse to, get this, be productive.

There's this thing called the 0h Game Jam in which developers make a game in under an hour. There isn't a theme. No real rules, either -- "just make a game, quick!" The results are strange.

Frog Fractions creator Jim Crawford made Madden Crusade for the jam and the concept cracked me up: "Guide your football team on a crusade across Eurasia to retrieve the Holy Grail and drop it into the Atlantic Ocean before time runs out! Your team will follow God's Truth, i.e. your mouse cursor, unless you are clicking in which case they will avoid God's Wrath, i.e. your mouse cursor."

Frankly, I'd like to see a big-budget adaptation. The industry could use more weird sports games.

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Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download photo
Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download
by Rob Morrow

Originally created for the 7DFPS Challenge in 2012, Cloudbase Prime is an attractive-looking low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace and is currently available for free in its 0.2 alpha state. You can download it here.

Set on a floating mining platform above a gas giant, you'll be tasked with destroying robotic enemies using your energy cannon and the Architect: a gizmo that can be used to manipulate the hex-based tiles that the mining platform is constructed from. 

The game reminds me a bit of Drunken Robot Pornography, and that's definitely not a bad thing in my book: It's got giant robots, high-flying platforming and first-person shooter elements. Oh yeah, did I mention that it's free?

For an idea of how the game plays, take a look at the developer's Walker Mech combat footage in the video above.

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8:15 PM on 08.22.2014

Ludum Dare 30 has begun!

Ludum Dare 30, the indie game jam, has officially begun! For the next 72 hours, many amateur (and professional) game developers are going to hunker down and do their best to create a game focused around a central theme. The t...

Patrick Hancock

6:30 PM on 05.14.2014

No Wave is a point-and-click game set in NY's music scene

Aside from videogames, music is my other big passion in life, whether it's just listening to it, going to gigs or reading about various bands or periods in music history. So when I got a message from the developers of No Wave...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 PM on 05.07.2014

Ludum Dare 29 entry Vertico dives into an isometric coral reef

The Ludum Dare 29 game jam is currently in the voting phase, with the theme "beneath the surface." Developer Sebastian Janisz of Ultimate Walrus took the theme to a decidedly less mental place than some of his past creations...

Darren Nakamura



Pixel Heart is a documentary/game featuring talents from Rez, Journey, more photo
Pixel Heart is a documentary/game featuring talents from Rez, Journey, more
by Steven Hansen

This is confusing, but cool. Pixel Heart is going to be a documentary that visits a bunch of talented, global folks in videogames -- Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez), Robin Hunicke (Sims, Journey), Edmundo Bordeu (Zeno Clash), Mark Healey (Little Big Planet), and Eyram Tawia (Letiarts) -- and then trots back to France for a big game jam.

The game jam will produce 12 games, 6 of which will be available to play online, 6 of which will use some sort of dedicated hardware.

To fund this wild project, Pixel Heart has taken to French crowd funding platform Ulule, which you can donate to regardless of region.

This all sounds amazing, and the crowdfunding video sells it. Seriously, at least watch the kitchen scene at 3:35. It makes A la cartridge look bad (which it obviously is or it wouldn't be #cancelled).

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Video: Alt.Ctrl.GDC shows weird new ways of pushing buttons photo
Video: Alt.Ctrl.GDC shows weird new ways of pushing buttons
by Max Scoville

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 bit before discussing what it's like to play a game with pedals, knobs, dials, cables, sleeping bags, and a receipt printer.

If you want to find out more, I dug up the websites for all of these games:

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2:30 PM on 03.17.2014

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

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...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 03.03.2014

Procedural Death Jam cites Spelunky and FTL as influences

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 ...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 03.02.2014

The Cyberpunk Game Jam is now open to entries

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...

Jonathan Holmes

3:15 PM on 02.26.2014

Gods Will Be Watching coming to Steam, GOG in June

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...

Alasdair Duncan