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Play some games that were made on a train

Every year in the lead up to the Game Developers Conference, a game jam is held on a 52-hour train ride that goes from Chicago to San Francisco. The jam, affectionately called Train Jam, is something I look forward to following along with o...

 
 
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Three games that ditch standard controllers

Last week, I went to the PLAY creative gaming festival, which takes place every year in Hamburg, Germany. PLAY17 was both entertaining and educational, with something for people of all ages, including workshops, talks and even a game-t...

 
 
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Watching Double Fine make games is fascinating as ever

Double Fine is in the midst of Amnesia Fortnight 2017. If you're anything like me, these game jams are less about the end result -- four playable prototypes, some of which were ideas voted on and chosen by the public -- and more about the j...

 
 
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Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight game jam returns

So that's what was inside Tim Schafer's mystery box: Amnesia Fortnight! Double Fine's two-week game jam is back for 2017 with a fresh batch of pitches to hear out and vote on. The winning ideas will move onto the next stage, becoming playa...

 
 
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Convince your mom you're not a slob in Good Impression

I'm anything but a neat freak. My room/office/small living space is a constant mess. Laundry litters the floor while old wrappers and junk mail compete for desk space alongside my computer and PlayStation 4. It's a pigsty. Good Impression i...

 
 
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Double Kick Heroes' multi-eyed demon train is metal as heck

Taiko Drum Master is good, clean fun, but you know what it isn't? Metal. I mean, not just the material the game is made out of (plastic) or what actual taiko drums are built from (wood). But also the chipper J-pop just doesn't appeal to the...

 
 
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Snake? Snake! is Snake but with Metal Gear Snakes

Grab a friend (or brother!). Snake? Snake! is competitive Snake starring Solid and Liquid Snakes. The rules are slightly different from the cellphone game you remember. There is a taunt button. Matches last 30 seconds. You can cross your ow...

 
 
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Someone made a Twin Peaks dancing game

Today, Zack told me to watch Twin Peaks. I already have, twice now. But I wouldn't mind going through the series a third time. It's been a few years. While I think that over, here's a silly distraction. Fire Dance With Me is a DDR-style bro...

 
 
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Everyday Misanthrope challenges you to make people miserable

Misanthropy is a very strange mindset to try and familiarise yourself with from an outside perspective. An intense dislike for humanity, at its extremes it can form the basis for many of the more upsetting personality types to interact with...

 
 
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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 high could Mario...

 
 
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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 life at the end ...

 
 
 
 
 
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Madden Crusade was made in under an hour

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 ...

 
 
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Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download

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 m...

 
 
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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 theme for LD30 i...

 
 
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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, a short point...

 
 
 
 
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Video: Alt.Ctrl.GDC shows weird new ways of pushing buttons

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 disc...

 
 
 
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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 mechanics that ...

 
 
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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, Bacioiu Ciprian, G...

 
 




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