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La-Mulana's Takumi Naramura on the difficult life of a Japanese indie

May 10, 2013 10:51 AM | Staff

GDC 2005

[by Nayan Ramachandran]

The following is a distilled version of Naramura-san's talk at GDC 2013, accompanied by his own hand-drawn slides from the presentation. Naramura-san’s presentation starts with a very interesting slide.

After Phil Fish's harsh criticism of Japanese gaming last year, Naramura decided to try and address it himself. The answer he came up was perhaps not what others expected: "Well said."

Sony waives fee on PlayStation Mobile development

May 9, 2013 9:26 PM | Staff

playstation mobile small.jpgIt seems like barely a week goes by these days when there isn't some new indie-based announcement from the Sony camp -- and today is no different, as the PlayStation Mobile development license has been waived.

Originally, those developers who wanted to release games via PS Mobile for PS Vita and PlayStation-certified mobile devices were required to pay an annual fee of $99.

From today, the Publisher License Fee for PS Mobile has been removed, meaning that any developer can now potentially release a game for the PS Vita for free.

Note that PlayStation Mobile is a C# platform that runs code on a virtual machine, providing direct binary compatibility across a range of devices. No doubt the number of titles being released for the platform will see a significant boost once Unity supports it.

CounterSpy, a 2D cover-based shooter, to infiltrate PSN

May 9, 2013 2:10 AM | Anthony Swinnich

counterspy_1_5813.jpgOutside of Metal Gear Solid 3, No One Lives Forever and the Harry Tipper missions in the Timesplitters series, 50s/60s spy missions are not a common video game-setting. Dynamighty hopes to capitalize on this absence with CounterSpy, a side-scrolling take on Cold War-era espionage.

'Indies' received their own PlayStation Store section

May 8, 2013 10:25 AM | Staff

indie games PSS.jpgWith Sony's recent moves to get more indie games on its PlayStation platforms, the company revealed a new "Indie Games" category in its PlayStation Store, with the aim to better highlight independent PSN games.

Andrew Parsons, director of publisher and developer relations for SCEE, explained that this new section of the store will provide indie titles with additional exposure, alongside the regular PSN channels.

Video: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013

May 7, 2013 6:07 PM | Staff

hotheaddev.jpgThe tradition of developer rants at GDC continues, with 2013's edition including OUYA head of developer relations Kellee Santiago, Eidos turned indie dev Anna Marsh, and Chris Hecker sharing what they feel is wrong with the industry.

Courtesy of the GDC Vault, this free, hour-long panel shows Santiago suggesting a Renaissance-like approach to help better and richer games to be made by people who could otherwise not afford to do so. Lady Shotgun's Marsh encourages more pre-production efforts to avoid crunch and says developers should experience life outside games to avoid otherwise incestuous ideas.

For all the hothead rants, including Chris Hecker's now famous wordless rant, check out the free video after the jump.

XBLIG Pick: visually stunning deathmatch platformer JamSouls

May 3, 2013 10:53 PM | Anthony Swinnich

The ancient Greeks would have you believe Pandora made a huge mistake opening the box, but Chromatic Dream has turned her fabled moment into a positive one with their new multiplayer XBLIG title JamSouls.

Austin Wintory Interview: The Gentleman's Private Collection

May 3, 2013 11:00 AM | jeriaska

 Andy Schatz, Austin Wintory
Andy Schatz and Austin Wintory presenting on the music of Monaco at GDC

Austin Wintory, whose score for ThatGameCompany's Journey was nominated earlier this year for a Grammy Award, is among the most prolific composers working in independently developed games today. His swinging big band sounds for Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded and orchestral pieces for The Banner Saga were both realized through the support of Kickstarter funding campaigns run by game industry veterans.

A MAZE. Indie Connect - German Indie Festival - 2nd Encounter

May 3, 2013 2:10 AM | Staff


[by Jana Reinhardt]

The German Game Days

Every year in the last week of April, Berlin celebrates games with an indie festival, business meet-up, specials and a retro games market at the Computer Games Museum, and the Computer Games Award Lara.

1983 in 2013: PONK for C64 postmortem, from McPixel creator SOS

May 2, 2013 7:30 PM | Staff

[by Sos Sosowski]

Sooo… I decided to make a game on a C64… And how did it go? Pretty awesome!

Making a game for a C64 and on PC is super simple and tons of fun! But Making a game on a real C64 is something else! One false move and BAH! your game is gone! There are no drives inside C64, everything that you are working on will die once you flip the power button. Moreover, there is no memory protection, so you can accidentally wipe out your code while it’s executing~!

Four perspectives on personal games

April 30, 2013 10:40 PM | Staff

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[by Leigh Alexander]

The personal games movement is providing an important, exciting new avenue for expression and a new understanding of design, many believe. At the Different Games conference in New York this weekend, four panelists presented on the theme of personal game-making and why it matters to them.

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