If you’ve been looking for me audience, Iv’e been away. Right now I’m working on my 9bitMonkey project. I’ll come back to this site as well as keep up with my other blog along the way. But, I believe my journey is now at 9bit. Come visit me there!
Demas+Indie is a show about games that are still works in progress and could use some promotion. You’ll see the core mechanics and gameplay. And there will be a follow up video where i’ll talk about the game in a more in depth manner to give feedback to the developer while I express my opinion. I hope you enjoy this. Please comment, share, like, subscribe, tweet, pin, and whatever else you’d like to do to celebrate Audience.
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I have recorded, edited and produced a video for you Audience. I’m going to post it Monday. Please be here for this! You’ll have a good time. After next week I’ll be trying to create a video every week. There will be written posts as well. This week was to figure out how much time I would need to polish a video.
Enjoy your weekend Audience! See you Monday!
While working at a game store recently I was reintroduced to an old love. Super Nintendo and it’s myriad of titles in their rectanglish shape. Welling deep within me was this nostalgic feeling for the retro games I used to know. It bought me back to my childhood and here is one of the first memories of gaming I have.
When the Super Nintendo first entered our house on Christmas the only game my Uncle and I had was Super Mario World. I want to say we passed the controller back and forth like brothers. But I honestly doubt that. What I do remember quite clearly is watching and playing the game all day long. My grandma would bring food so we remembered to eat. And I surfaced maybe once.
The Snes had entered my house and life was good. Nevertheless, that might not illustrate my point to maximum effect. I am a more hardcore gamer at heart. I’ll play a game 8 hours straight trying to learn as a whole why it’s awesome. There are many who cant or don enjoy such long play sessions. However, I started out doing things that way since that Christmas. Someone thank my uncle for me!
What is so powerful about nostalgia that makes it such a driving force? Do you have a piece of technology that’s nostalgic for you? It could have been something small that helped shape who you are today. Please leave a comment below and if you liked this post click that follow box down there too. I’ll catch you tomorrow!
When picking out a device at the store, I doubt your first thought is “which device is going to be my new best friend?” I doubt that because usually we think of a cellphone as a tool first and build a connection with your new technology afterward. However, we all have best friend syndrome with different devices and pieces of technology so I thought I’d take a moment to discuss the philosophy behind it.
Your best friend in terms of technology is probably the device or software you spend the most time with. It’s important to you to enjoy it when you can. You’ve seen these examples in your life of people who can’t stay away from their tv, laptop, computer, game console, phone, tablet, e-reader, or mp3 player. They love the world their machine creates and leaving it usually puts them off in a way.
Second, the best friend philosophy is tied in with another. Your “reconnecting” or returning to said item is always a welcome one after you’ve been away from it. And, for it to be this philosophy you must have both phases enjoyment and re-connection. A good example is your friend the refrigerator, it’s not a device you think about in this way unless maybe you’re a chef. But the fridge can still give you that feeling of re-connection to it on a hot day when you’re thirsty, it’s just not your best friend.
Because of the first two aspects of this philosophy the third can only be one thing. This gadget or device is rarely mundane for you and you’re actively searching for ways to increase how much enjoyment you an channel from it. If it’s your phone that might mean new apps or a game system might get new games. Discovering something new for the device is just as fun as owning it usually.
The best friend philosophy is interesting because usually it’s fairly obvious. I probably have the biggest connection to my laptop as of late. Writing this blog and keeping up with video game media are my hobbies as of late. What is your best friend device? Write it down here and let us know!
Have you ever wanted to make a video game? Well so did the people who put their games on Steam Greenlight Games. Some of the projects on here seem fully developed while others are not quite up to par. As a participating member of Steam I can vote for these games. Here are some that caught my eye.
Vector, this game looks like a parkour dream. I love the style of everything from the music to the gameplay. It feels like you need to be urgent but thoughtful as well. Vector’s story is something out of the matrix which is also intriguing. Let’s hope this one hits the main store soon!
Hammerwatch looks like a pixeled up Gauntlet and I love it. I know a friend or two who need to pal around with me in this dungeon while we kill monsters and get loot. The music is atmospheric and light. Most importantly though Hammerwatch looks like it will have you conquering interesting battle scenarios.
Out There Somewhere needs to be made a game based on the music alone. I love this style of sidescroller gameplay. It’s apparently a puzzle platformer with enemies that you can destroy. And it’s already available on the developers website and on Desura. Maybe Steam should take the hint!
There are plenty more game that deserve an honorable mention like War of the Overworld which seems akin to Dungeon Keeper. Either way, these games on Greenlight have tons of heart and deserve an honest chance. What do you think, do these games deserve a place on Steam?
I’m headed to a town called “The Sea Ranch” with my girlie in hopes of having some relaxation and getting to meet part of her family. Next week I will be preparing for a format change to my site. I wan to do something with more media. If you have any suggestions, comment below and i’ll check them out. I always love your feedback! Thank you for being an integral piece of my puzzle because the site doesn’t exist without you.
Graphics have progressed to this sophisticated state nowadays. And lately I think the video game industry is wondering if we can make something that will push the envelope past what it is now. Can graphics get better? I’m not sure, but you should watch this video. It truly demonstrates just how powerful our technology has gotten.
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is one of the games I wanted to check out last year. I even wrote a post on it here. This game is a 2d puzzle platformer that keeps you guessing constantly. But is that kind of game style more of a gimmick nowadays? Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Stealth Bastard Deluxe.
What’s good about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? Let me convey this immediately. The music in this game is amazing. I’ve been happily humming the tracks consistently. Level design, puzzle design, and sprite design are all amazing. Bastard’s concepts are easy to learn yet hard to apply without fore thought. And the feeling you get when you’ve finally conquered a stage is deeply satisfying.
What’s bad about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? There isn’t much I don’t enjoy in this game. But some of the puzzle rules are a little harsh and once in a while you can’t quite figure out how to beat them. Because of this, they added a skip level feature. I’m just not sure I agree with that. Also, the bosses could do with some variation. I’ve played through half the game and the bosses thus far have all felt fairly identical. The themes are nice but it still feels the same.
What’s ugly about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? Actually, this is difficult for me. Pixel styles are usually easy sells for me. And I do love how this looks. However, I feel like they could make different styles of robots. Since I’m half way through I can’t judge but most of the enemies don’t change. It’s good for the puzzles but boring to the eyes. Just something to think about.
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is worth your money. Steam keeps surprising me though by how often it’s on sale. Buy it with the soundtrack though! It’s totally worth it. You’ll groove out to some of the best electro in video games I’ve heard. When you get there, tell them Chris told you about it.
I have this sort of unnatural love for music. There have been times when I couldn’t stop myself from dancing to a beat. Music is really important to me so this week we will be delving into this medium. Music technology is quite interesting and we definitely should explore the different aspects of it. I’m going to try to go over some apps, gadgets, and maybe a sound based game. Audio is important!
Music creates an atmosphere for us. I’m sure that you’ve been listening to headphones before and the music created a sort of separate world that was personal to you. I know people use this for some peace of mind at times. And movie studios use this idea to great effect. What would most Disney films be like if you took out all the singing?
On some level music has the power to move our emotions as well. It can reinvigorate you after a workout. People even base their relationships off of songs. In short, prepare yourself Audience. We are about to get knee deep into the technology world of music. Let’s see what kind of crazy things an audiophile like me can find!