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Nintendo will show 20 minutes of indie Switch games tomorrow

By engadget, gaming, indie, indie games, indie gaming, indie world showcase, indiegames, indiegaming, indieworldshowcase, News, nintendo, nintendo switch, nintendoswitch, switch

Although it’s been almost a year since the last full-blown Nintendo Direct, the company has run a number of smaller digital presentations since then. The latest is another Indie World Showcase, which Nintendo will stream at noon ET on Tuesday….

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Steam Game Festival lets you play indies that would’ve been at GDC

By av, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, gaming, gdc, geoff keighley, indie, steam, steam game festival, the game awards, valve, video games

With industry events like the Game Developers Conference cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Valve is stepping in to help small, independent game developers get the word out about their upcoming projects. Starting today, the c…

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Strict visa rules are still keeping game devs out of the US

By Business, engadget, gaming, gdc, gdc 2020, igda, indie, indie games, muslim, Pakistan, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, scholarship, travel ban, trying to fly, video games

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Foundation awards scholarships each year to up-and-coming artists, writers and programmers from around the world. The scholarships offer passes to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San…

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‘Dishonored’ and ‘Prey’ co-creators reveal ‘Weird West’

By av, dishonored, engadget, gaming, indie, personal computing, personalcomputing, prey, thegameawards2019, weird west, wolfeye

Weird West doesn’t look as strange as it does stylish. The game comes from WolfEye Studios, whose co-founders include Dishonored and Prey veterans Julien Roby and Raphael Colantonio, and it’s being billed as an immersive sim set in a dark fantasy rei…

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‘Axiom Verge 2’ and more indie games will hit Switch in 2020

By av, axiom verge, axiom verge 2, engadget, gaming, indie, nintendo, nintendo switch, personal computing, personalcomputing, switch, video games

Nintendo has already curated a library of wonderfully weird independent games on the Switch, and it’s not slowing down in 2020. The company today revealed a handful of indie titles heading to the Switch next year, including heavy hitters like Axiom V…

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Morbidly charming puzzle game ‘Felix the Reaper’ lands October 17th

By av, death, engadget, felix the reaper, gaming, indie, kong orange, pc, personal computing, personalcomputing, ps4, steam, switch, video games, xbox one

Felix the Reaper is a tragic, comedic love story that plays out in the bureaucratic cubicles of the underworld, and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC on October 17th.

It stars Felix, a marshmallowy dancer on a mission to attract…

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‘El Hijo’ is a Spaghetti Western stealth game with heart

By av, el hijo, engadget, gamescom2019, gaming, honig studios, indie, interview, personal computing, personalcomputing, stealth, thq nordic, video games, western

The art at the top of El Hijo’s website says it all. A young boy in a red poncho stands at the edge of a cliff, overlooking a sun-bleached desert valley with a stuffed bear dangling from his fingertips. His shadow unfurls across the rock behind him,…

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The Netflix business model is bad news for indie games

By av, Business, engadget, gaming, google, hbo go, hyper-light-drifter, id@xbox, indie, Microsoft, netflix, nintendo, personal computing, personalcomputing, Sony, spotify, Streaming, subscription, xbox game pass

The Netflix model doesn’t work for video games. Neither does the Spotify plan, the HBO Go ecosystem or the Amazon Prime Video marketplace. Sure, digital distribution is king and subscription-based streaming services will absolutely become a dominant…

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‘Sea of Solitude’ looks like a brilliant, emotional horror show

By av, depression, e32019, ea originals, engadget, gaming, indie, interview, jo-mei, personal computing, personalcomputing, sea of solitude

Sea of Solitude feels like coming home.

Footage of a hulking black monster swimming among the rooftops and balconies of a waterlogged Berlin plays on repeat like a GIF in my psyche, as comforting as it is terrifying. I’ve been viscerally afraid of g…

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‘High Maintenance’ meets ‘Civilization’ in ‘Weedcraft Inc’

By av, Business, cannabis, devolverdigital, engadget, gaming, indie, interview, marijuana, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, simulator, tycoon, weed, weedcraftinc

When I was a kid smoking weed in high school, I was convinced that marijuana would never be legal. The idea that it’s legal now, I’m in my late 40s, it’s shocking to me.”

Scott Alexander speaks in rapid-fire paragraphs brimming with information abou…

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Ben Wander’s quest to become a household name

By acaseofdistrust, av, benwander, engadget, gaming, indie, interview, murdermystery, nintendoswitch, noir, personal computing, personalcomputing, steam, switch, thewanderingben

Even casual video game fans know Sid Meier’s name. They’ve seen it countless times, printed in sturdy text across every box in the Civilization series for the past 27 years, the most recent one being 2016’s Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. It’s come to t…

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Finding peace in a hopeless, goat-filled apocalypse

By av, coyancardenas, design, engadget, fellowtraveler, gamescom2018, gaming, hands-on, indie, lambicstudios, personal computing, personalcomputing, thestillnessofthewind, wherethegoatsare

The end of the world has never felt so peaceful. The Stillness of the Wind is a meditative and enrapturing experience about the death of the Earth, as told through the simple, daily habits of a lone grandmother on a ramshackle farm. I played t…

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‘Life is Strange 2’ deals with brotherhood in the face of death

By av, brotherhood, dontnod, engadget, family, gamescom, gamescom2018, gaming, immigration, indie, interview, lifeisstrange, lifeisstrange2, personal computing, personalcomputing, police, squareenix, theawesomeadventuresofcaptainspirit

Life is Strange 2 begins with a bleak bang. Developer Dontnod shared the game’s first 20 minutes this week on YouTube, introducing series fans to the Diaz family before diving straight into a chaotic, violent scene that sets the stage for the rest of…

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Surreal adventure game ‘The Gardens Between’ is coming to Switch

By adventure, av, engadget, gaming, indie, indiegame, mac, nintendoswitch, pc, playstation4, ps4, puzzle, switch, thegardensbetween, thevoxelagents, windows

Independent developer The Voxel Agents has announced it plans to release abstract puzzle title The Gardens Between for Nintendo Switch in addition to previously disclosed PlayStation 4, PC and Mac platforms. It’s expected to arrive sometime in Q3 thi…

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‘Semblance’ makes history on the Nintendo Switch on July 24th

By av, Business, engadget, gaming, indie, mac, nintendo, nintendoswitch, pc, personal computing, personalcomputing, semblance, southafrica, steam, switch

Semblance, the squashy platformer from independent studio Nyamakop, will hit the Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac on July 24th, 2018 — a date that will go down in video game history. Semblance is the first South African-developed game to ever make…

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‘Semblance’ is proof of Nintendo’s new indie hustle

By africa, av, design, e3, e32018, engadget, gaming, goodshepherdentertainment, hands-on, indie, nintendo, nintendoswitch, personal computing, personalcomputing, semblance, southafrica, switch

I found Semblance on the second floor of the Fuego Lounge, squeezed into a booth beside a dance floor and a small stage. It was early afternoon, and waitstaff were restocking the long, rectangular bar in the center of the room as game develope…

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‘Tunic’ is more than just a ‘Zelda’ clone with a cute fox

By e3, e32018, engadget, finji, firstlook, fox, gaming, id@xbox, impressions, indie, Internet, Microsoft, Opinion, preview, tunic, video, xbox, zelda

Tunic looks like a game that’s taken a lot of inspiration from SNES era Zelda titles — and when Xbox’s E3 2018 showcase is an awful lot of games with guns, zombies or unexplained apocalyptic surroundings, it was a welcome panacea. Meet the…

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‘Tunic’ is more than just a ‘Zelda’ clone with a cute fox

By e3, e32018, engadget, finji, firstlook, fox, gaming, id@xbox, impressions, indie, Internet, Microsoft, Opinion, preview, tunic, video, xbox, zelda

Tunic looks like a game that’s taken a lot of inspiration from SNES era Zelda titles — and when Xbox’s E3 2018 showcase is an awful lot of games with guns, zombies or unexplained apocalyptic surroundings, it was a welcome panacea. Meet the…

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‘Thomas Was Alone’ developer launches another sci-fi text game

By av, bithellgames, engadget, gaming, indie, mikebithell, narrative, quarantinecircular, short, steam, subsurfacecircular, text, thomaswasalone, volume

Here we go again. In August of last year, developer Mike Bithell, responsible for popular games Thomas Was Alone and Volume, did something rather unique. He released a small, $5 narrative game called Subsurface Circular — first on PC and Mac…

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It’s time to talk about mental illness in indie development

By anxiety, av, Business, charity, depression, design, devolverdigital, engadget, gaming, indie, medicine, mentalhealth, mentalillness, mikewilson, personal computing, personalcomputing, takethis

This is normal.

Heart pounding, hands shaking, head packed with static. The absolute inability to process what anyone is saying, let alone respond to it. Sitting alone at home — lights off because you’ve been inside all day and the sun set hours ag…

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10 years later, ‘SpyParty’ hits Steam Early Access on April 12th

By av, beta, chrishecker, design, engadget, esports, gaming, indie, interview, personal computing, personalcomputing, spyparty, steam, steamearlyaccess

Chris Hecker, the creator of SpyParty, is smiling and gesturing wildly over the open lid of a laptop showcasing the game’s six new upgraded maps. After 10 years of development, SpyParty is finally going to land on Steam Early Access on April 12th, an…

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How the 38 Studios scandal shaped ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm’

By 38studios, av, Business, decknine, design, engadget, gamedevelopment, gaming, indie, kingdomsofamalurreckoning, lifeisstrange, lifeisstrangebeforethestorm, squareenix, zakgarriss

Passion doesn’t equate success. It’s a hard lesson to learn in any industry — no matter how dedicated your team is, regardless of how invested they are financially or emotionally, the entire business could burst into flames at any moment. Factors be…

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How the 38 Studios scandal shaped ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm’

By 38studios, av, Business, decknine, design, engadget, gamedevelopment, gaming, indie, kingdomsofamalurreckoning, lifeisstrange, lifeisstrangebeforethestorm, squareenix, zakgarriss

Passion doesn’t equate success. It’s a hard lesson to learn in any industry — no matter how dedicated your team is, regardless of how invested they are financially or emotionally, the entire business could burst into flames at any moment. Factors be…

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