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Wow, I really must still be in holiday mode – I completely forgot about my indie wrap up yesterday! As an apology, I present you with my horrific use of photoshop, because that totally helps… right? Here’s the indie news of the week (plus one day) that you might have missed.

The guys over at Klei have made some awesome games – I loved Don’t Starve and Mark of the Ninja. Both were fantastic. I suppose that’s why I’m so excited for their new project, a turn-based tactical espionage game. It was originally announced as Incognita, but now it’s gotten a new name: Invisible, Inc. Check out the new Alpha Gameplay Trailer to go with the name change:

The Steam Dev Days are underway, leading to news that Greenlight might become a thing of the past. I have mixed feelings about this, I must say. Could be good or bad for indie gaming – I suppose only time will tell. Also at the dev days, every indie developer who attended got a free Steam Machine. That sounds awesome – that’s a goodie bag I’d enjoy. Obviously, it’s to help and promote development on the new box, and I’m sure it will be a big boost to some of the more hesitant developers.

Are you interesting in developing a game? Don’t forget to sign up for the Global Game Jam! Taking place in Joburg and Cape Town it’s a fantastic opportunity to make a game in just one weekend. Don’t worry if you’ve never made a game before, or if you don’t know how to program. It takes all types to make a game – you will team up with others to collaborate and make something. Sounds like fun.

Cube World seems to finally be getting an update soon. Quests are coming, and I’m intrigued by the approach:

Thanks to the procedural generation of quests I came up with a nice solution which requires only storing a small set of variables for each quest. Also generating quest texts for random quests isn’t trivial. I had to create a basic grammar system and dictionary to be able to generate texts for arbitrary combinations of creatures, objects and locations.

Currently we’re adding more quest variations to make it as non-repetitive as possible.

Want to pick up some nice indies for the weekend of gaming? There’s no doubt that Humble Indie Bundle is looking mighty tempting – I will be buying one myself. over on Games Rage, you can pick up their “truly indie games” bundle - for a little over $3 you can get six games including Project Night, Ocean City Racing, and even Go Scurry. Indiegala is also running a bundle this month, with games seven games including Millennium, Two Brothers and (if you pay more than $5) Ravensword Shadowlands.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas


    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      It are super funnay!

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        DAT Geoff in tight clothes, pprrrrrrecious


    • RinceThis2014

      Jizza? Wow… I certainly pissed them :P

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas


  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    That one lady with a beard, I dunno, something just seems fishy about that.

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      I think not fishy, but looks like a wiener!


    • Hammersteyn

      I think her tights are loaded O_o

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas


  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    I think Geoff should appear in an ION header in a bikini hahahaha

    …wait, is the internet ready for that?

    • Hammersteyn
      • Admiral Chief in Vegas


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Well it’s the internet, so someone somewhere will appreciate it.

    • Kensei Seraph

      Rule 34.

      And this is why we can’t have good things.

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Ah, now THAT is two things I NEVER want to see together.

        Geoff + rule34

  • RockMossel2014

    Talking about indie news…do any of you guys understand the ending in LIMBO?

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      I do, what is unclear?

      • RockMossel2014

        Bro…you think you do. Go do some reading, there are like 8 theories…they all blew my mind!

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          Pfff, its easy man, they be trolling you at the end becoz they did not have a suitable ending, so they went with a Inception type ending :P

  • Gareth L (That Guy)

    Good God!

  • Kensei Seraph

    Darryn’s face should be swapped for the baby’s face.

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      Nah, baby is much taller, won’t work

      • Kensei Seraph

        Then with Hammond’s face from the Top Gears of War pic?

  • Kensei Seraph

    Invisible, Inc looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It does, I like my isometric games.

      • RinceThis2014

        Xcom for FTW!

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          Yeah man, you said it!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          X-Com… & Silent Storm, Jagged Alliance, Crusader, Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment, Commandos, Fallout, Arcanum, Syndicate, etc

          Years of memories.

          • RinceThis2014

            I loved both Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale! GATE 2 OPENED.

  • RinceThis2014

    Header win! And I want Invisible!

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      Sure looks awesome doesn’t it?

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      Has a bit of No One Lives Forever vibe to it eh?

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