Hey guys, did you know it was early Friday? It's Thursday, the day we drink and pretend we don't have work tomorrow. The day we slog through, reminding ourselves that the weekend isn't far away. The day that I really need to make my packing list for Gamescom. But first, all the indie news we ignored so far this week.
As seems to be part of the awesome life of a video game journalist, I share completely inappropriate links with people all day. This morning, our beloved Wookie sent me this glorious video and design for a new Kickstarter that promises to cure incontinence and restore your sex life - and it's fun!
Welcome to a very special edition of Indie Zoe. C'mon, I know it's after hours, but pull up a chair and let me tell you all the things you haven't heard before. You know you wanna.
Many of you, quite rightly, have an unnatural adoration for Ukrainian developer GSC’s open world post apocalyptic survival horror shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. One of the more impressive PC exclusives, the game did incredible and ambient emergent gameplay that still hasn’t really been replicated. The people behind those games are looking to make a spiritual successor.
Gaming, you’ve come a long way. The industry is now more than just a controller and some buttons when it comes to experiencing a game. We’ve got motion control, hands-free waggles and VR all competing for a spot in our lives and wallets. But I’m all about the haptic feedback lately.
These days, wherever you go, there’s a Kickstarter project under your nose asking for some faith and cash in order to make a game. You might say that there’s a Wasteland of failed projects in crowdsourcing. Hell, you might even say that this is all just one big Torment, that has left developers inXile. Or you might just say “shut up with the damn developer-specific puns Darryn”.
Bullying is a horrible thing, experienced by most children, adolescents and even adults. SumoBoy is inspired by the Anti Bullying movement and offers people the chance to find their inner strength. Go throw money at it.
Kickstarter is a brilliant premise. Creative people can pitch an idea and get money from a variety of sponsors, thus funding a project that otherwise wouldn't come to fruition. There are fantastic examples of its success. Unfortunately, there are also huge failures. Now, one company is being taken to court.
So, tomorrow is Friday. Not just any Friday, it's Good Friday. So does this make it average Thursday? No! It makes it Fantastic Early Weekend Thursday. So, what indie gaming news do you need to know about before the weekend?
So which big box PC game is gathering dust on your shelf? I’ve got a couple, but one of the odder titles that I purchased in my wilder years, had to be outcast. A game that pushed my mighty Pentium II 400 Mhz PC to the bleeding edge. And it’s making a comeback.
I went to the Make Games SA meet up last night in Joburg. It was a smaller turnout than normal, in a ridiculously freezing room, but it was all worthwhile because I saw a trailer that made me really psyched about a local game. I've already supported it on Greenlight, and after payday I'll be throwing money at their Kickstarter. You should, too.
I'm back, baby! I've successfully returned from LA and I'm ready to dive back into the indie gaming action. Of course, any diving would be a lot easier if this congestion would go away. I seem to have returned to SA with the plague, but that won't stop me from telling you all the awesome indie news you might have missed.
At the end of last year, Chris Bischoff made major indie news when his game, Stasis, made $132,523 on Kickstarter and got Greenlit. He and his brother Nic are awesome local guys, and they've released a video update for the game. I like watching it for the part when Chris is nearly unable to eat a sweetie.
Oh yes, it's that time of the week again. Time to revel in indie news, and the fact that the weekend is almost upon us. The sun also came out for a little while today, so I think things are starting to look up. Maybe.