Nominees Announced for 2013 Independent Games Festival

The indie boom continues and chances are that the next games destined to charm the thumbs right off your hands are featured in the just-announced nominees for the 2013 Independent Games Festival. The Independent Games Festival is a part of the upcoming Game Developers Conference and previous award winners include Fez, Minecraft, Limbo, Braid, and Amnesia:… Continue reading

Tiny Barbarian DX Interview with Michael Stearns – The Cursed Checkpoint #129

Tiny Barbarian DX is an action platformer made with a serving of retro gaming respect and a dollop of Conan the Barbarian. Ethan Moses speaks with creator Michael Stearns about the game, indie game development, and his views on Kickstarter/Greenlight. The Cursed Checkpoint is a topical video game podcast focused on discussions and interviews about a… Continue reading

Gaming Lifestyle: Do We Buy Too Many Games? – The Cursed Checkpoint #124

Justin and Ethan have noticed that their game purchasing habits have gotten a little out of control. Heading into a heavy release season they thought it would be best to talk it out before they get in over their head again. The Cursed Checkpoint is a topical video game podcast focused on discussions and interviews… Continue reading

Hey! Play! Indie Games Summer Uprising III Begins

While we admit at this point it is quite fun to browse through the Xbox Indie Games library in hopes of finding traumatic gaming experiences, the service is still in dire need of solid indie games. Luckily the Indie Games Summer Uprising is becoming a yearly event, and this year brings us 9 straight days… Continue reading

Steam Greenlight Initiates $100 Submittal Donation

Steam Greenlight launched last week to combat Valve’s growing problem of getting games approved games for Steam. Steam Greenlight is a crowdsourcing solution that allows Steam members to vote up/down game submissions to the service. Upon logging into the service for the first day, we noticed a few issues. My first scan of the submissions… Continue reading

Counter Gaming: The Game Industry Needs Focus

Doombringers and naysayers are littering the forums and game journalism resources because no one really knows what’s going to become of the game industry. It seems the majority is focusing on what publishers, developers, media sources, and even gamers are doing wrong to prevent the game industry from creating stability and a welcoming consumer environment…. Continue reading

Gaming Regrets: Dosage of Indie Games

There are periods where the indie genre commands attention. In 2011, the debut album Torches by Foster the People is nominated for Best Alternative Music album at the Grammys, The Artist won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Musical or Comedy (and is expected to receive many Oscar nominations), and a little game called Bastion made several top ten games of 2011 lists from… Continue reading

Interview with Ian Stocker: Developer of Escape Goat – The Cursed Checkpoint #103

After developing a fondness for its puzzle-platformer Escape Goat (and a weird obsession with the game’s four legged protagonists), Ethan tracks down Magical Time Bean’s Ian Stocker and learns the ins and outs of indie game development. The Cursed Checkpoint is a topical video game podcast focused on discussions and interviews about a single video… Continue reading

891 Free Games: Ludum Dare 22 is Complete

Ludum Dare, the speed-run of game development, has just wrapped its 22nd competition. Founded in 2002 by Geoff Howland and maintained by a crew of indie developers in their spare time, Ludum Dare sees hundreds of game developers, independent and professional, making games in extremely accelerated time frames all in the name of creativity. For… Continue reading

Indie Royale Releases ‘The Really Big Bundle’

Indie games and Steam have slowly been turning my attention back to PC gaming, and the creative bastards at Indie Royale aren’t doing me any favors. They have debuted their third bundle aptly named “The Really Big Bundle“. Here’s how it works. You have 5 days to purchase the bundle, and you pay a minimum… Continue reading