Archive for May 6th, 2013

Crime & Puzzlement 2 (iOS) – Screenshots

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Source: GamesPress

Crime & Puzzlement 2 (iOS) – App Store Icon & Press Release

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“Crime & Puzzlement 2 (iOS Universal app) – you’re the detective again!!! (Now released!)


Crime & Puzzlement 2 - 24 more Solve-Them-Yourself Picture Mysteries is coming to the AppStore, May 1st! Please contact  appendix@myfairpoint.net for preview promo codes or exclusives!

The sequel to  Crime & Puzzlement by award winning mystery author Lawrence Treat lets you again match your detecting powers in 24 brand new cases.
Who finished Isabelle Spiegel? Why did Mr. Grange topple dead from his saddle, and what was the catch in Mr. Fishhead’s alibi? YOU find out! 

  • Read the story 
  • Ponder the picture 
  • And solve it yourself!


Crime & Puzzlement 2 is available for the  iPhone (including full compatibility with iPhone 5 / iOS 6) and  iPad (incl. iPad Mini) for just $1.99!

Multi-language support: English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
AppStore:  Link coming soon
App Description
Crimes & Puzzlement 2

24 more Solve-them-Yourself Picture Mysteries. YOU ARE THE DETECTIVE!
Alone (or was he?) in his locked room. Torrick the truckdriver succumbed, but to what, and why? Arthur, on his way downstairs for another drink, slipped, or did he? Siegfried Jones was obviously knifed on his way to the operation room, but by whom?

  • Read the story
  • Ponder the picture
  • And solve it yourself!


With the applause for Crime and Puzzlement still ringing in his ears, Lawrence Treat has conjured up an even more addictive and fiendishly delightful encore. Who finished Isabelle Spiegel? Why did Mr. Grange topple dead from his saddle, and what was the catch in Mr. Fishhead’s alibi? It’s up to you, the armchair detective, to find out!

If you cut your detecting teeth on Crime and Puzzlement, you’ll sink them again into Crime and Puzzlement 2 with glee… Once again, YOU ARE THE DETECTIVE!

About AppEndix LLC

AppEndix LLC is The Interactive Book Company; a startup company bringing back popular gamebooks of the past decades, and adapting them to the mobile platform.  Besides the innovative “Crime & Puzzlement” solve-them-yourself mystery books by Lawrence Treat, AppEndix LLC has published the first title in the Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries series (“Sherlock Holmes 1: Murder at the Diogenes Club), which managed to hit the #1 Game and #2 Paid App Overall spots in Spain, and is currently working on the second title (“Sherlock Holmes 2: The Black River Emerald”).

www.facebook.com/appendixllc

 

Source: GamesPress

Kartuga (WEB) – Logo & Press Release

kartuga logo Kartuga (WEB)   Logo & Press Release

The following is a Google Translated version of a French press release:

“Art and Design in Kartuga

The artistic director explains how the immersion environments feed and depth of the game.

Hamburg, 6 May 2013

InnoGames, publisher and developer of video games online details the design and art direction of its next MMO web Kartuga.Fashioned with the Unity 3D engine, Kartuga offers a balanced mind stylized naturalism and own the BD alloy. The depth of the universe and its ultra licked environments invitation to travel fans of online games and internet on all sides.A fraction of the imagination and inspired mapping Kartuga is visible via the trailer below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGEcxYzs0Ho

“To make the world credible, we drew our inspiration from all historical and iconic features of the genre. We then fed, redesigned and supported the world with vibrant colors, deep textures and varied contrasts,” says Mathias Lorenz, Artistic Director of the game

“The environment of the game is pretty well balanced and does not fall in either excess or naturalistic realism in outrageous fantasy. The art direction is very fussy and free, what makes a video game Kartuga identity marked and recognizable.

Leveraging the Unity technology Kartuga is the champion of a new kind on the web. With its 3D graphics and high resolution, no download or installation is required.To take the plunge and try to address Kartuga, visit the game’s website: www.kartuga.com

Kartuga is an action MMO strapped with elements of role-playing games (RPG) where players control a ship to choose from three classes available. The web game developed by Ticking Bomb Games is heavily in PvP (player against player). It requires the Unity 3D plugin.”

Source: GamesPress

Let’s Skate (iOS) – Now Available For Free On The App Store – Press Release

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““Let´s Skate” is now available free of charge for iOS!


Berlin, May 6th, 2013 – The internationally operating multiplatform publisher, Immanitas Entertainment, is publishing the action title Let’s Skate for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch today. Let’s Skate is ready for download as of now on the App Store for no charge.
About Let’s Skate:
In Let’s Skate, the player steers through a total of 40 levels with his skateboard. Always on the run from the police, you have to ride to the next skate shop with your board as fast as possible to be able to finish the level. Speed is everything thereby, because once the police catches up to you, the level is deemed as not finished. Despite an imminent arrest, a real skater will not complete the wild chase without doing cool tricks and casual jumps. Extra points can be collected in the form of coins and later be exchanged for useful power-ups, a speed bonus for example. Via in-app purchase, you can unlock five further characters in addition to the five standard skaters.
The classic time-run game rewards everyone with high point scores who masters the level the fastest and with spectacular jumps. In addition to a harmonious soundtrack as well as an extra HD version for the iPad, there is also a shortcut to the official fanpage on Facebook. The personal highscore can be shared directly with friends and challengers.
Features:
·         40 challenging skateboard levels
·         Race against time and the police
·         5 magnificent jumps for additional points
·         Collect coins for additional points
·         5 standard and 5 premium characters
·         Various in-app purchases possible: Power boost, to get through the challenging levels or to skip levels – should you not complete the level

The link to the official Facebook page can be found here:
www.facebook.com/letsskategame
Let’s Skate is available as of now in the languages German and English as a free download on the App Store.
Let´s Skate:
http://bit.ly/105KyTz
Let´s Skate HD:
http://bit.ly/105KDqy
 About  Immanitas Entertainment GmbH:Immanitas Entertainment GmbH is a globally operating publisher of digital entertainment in the highest quality headquartered in Berlin with a branch office in Bangkok. No matter if mobile games, online or social games or computer- and videogames – Immanitas Entertainment is an expert in all fields of the game.
The company brings together a highly motivated team of people with many years of experience in the industry that is passionate for gaming. The business focuses on marketing and direct end customer sales of multiplayer and social games for internet and all mobile platforms as well as on the distribution of entertaining products for next gen consoles and PC.”

Source: GamesPress & iTunes

Avatars On The Edge (XB360) – Now Available On Xbox Live Indie Games Channel – Press Release

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“Avatars On The Edge Released On Xbox Live Indie Games


May 05, 2013 – Avatars On The Edge has just been published on Xbox LIVE Indie games channel.

Developed by mancebo games, Avatars On The Edge is a vertiginous skateboard racing game. The title features online multiplayer, timetrial challenges, championships and global scoreboards.

For more information and contact details, please visit: http://www.mancebogames.com/skater.htm

Source: GamesPress

Samurai Taisen (WEB) – Open Beta Phase Press Release

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“The upcoming MMORTS Samurai Taisen is now on Open Beta Phase


SURABAYA, INDONESIA – May 6th, 2013 – PST Team proudly announces that the upcoming Samurai Taisen is now on Open Beta phase. It is now open and available for everyone starting from today May 6th, 2013 at 03:00 AM (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time).

The great battles to claim the title of Shogun has just been started. Are you ready to do whatever it takes? Join one of four major factions and fight for glory, or stay as Ronin and fight for your freedom. Develop your lands, train your samurai, and crush others who are trying to obstruct your path.

The fate of Japan rests in your hands, join the battle now at Samurai Taisen (http://taisen.co)

We will be waiting for you.

About Samurai Taisen
Samurai Taisen is an anime-styled massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game. Samurai Taisen takes place at alternate universe of the warring states period in Japan, or also known as Sengoku Period. A time of social upheaval, political intrigue, and military conflict that lasted roughly from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century.

The players will assume their role as Ji-samurai, lords of small rural domains in feudal Japan. Develop your lands, gather your troops, train your samurai, build your own mighty alliances, do political manouvers, and or crush others who are trying to obstruct your path to the title of the “Shogun”.

“Employ Komuso to gain intelligence, Hire ninja and geisha to eliminate your foes. Make allies or enemies, the choice is yours.”

About PST Team:
Formed in early September 2011, we are the group of people that is currently developing Samurai Taisen, our second project. Our team consists of small number of people from all over the world that trying their best to realize this project into reality. If you would like to contact us or anything, don’t forget to visit our official homepage to see our progress here: http://pstteam.com

Contact:
PST Team
web: http://pstteam.com/
e-mail: admin@pstteam.com


Source: GamesPress

UK – Nintendo Download For May 6th, 2013

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“TAKE A TICKET TO THE CARNIVAL AS MARIO AND DONKEY KONG: MINIS ON THE MOVE IS RELEASED EXCLUSIVELY ON NINTENDO eSHOP FOR NINTENDO 3DS THIS WEEK


THE STARSHIP DAMREY from LEVEL-5 another Nintendo eShop exclusive!

6th May 2013 – Check out this week’s newest downloadable offerings on Nintendo platforms



Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact
Mario and Donkey Kong™: Minis on the Move
(Nintendo)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €9.99
(£8.99)
Nintendo PR
pr@nintendo.co.uk

Game Description: After yet another huge success with the theme park in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, the Mario Toy Company decides to host a Mini Toy Carnival this year. This time, however, Donkey Kong has joined with Pauline to run a game arcade inside the carnival. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a charming single-player puzzle game set in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong universe. Several Mario-universe characters appear in this game and of course you will meet Mario and Donkey Kong represented as mechanical clockwork toys. This game features a simple-to-use Create & Share mode which allows you to create your own content that you can share with your friends. Can you help Mario and his friends in this great puzzle game?

THE STARSHIP DAMREY™
(LEVEL-5)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €7.99
(£7.19)
Scott Strichart
s_strichart@level5ia.com

Game Description: From two masters of suspense, Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, comes a new twist on the genre as players discover a fear born of innocence. You awaken to discover that you are trapped in a Cold Sleep capsule aboard the titular Starship Damrey with no memory of who you are or how you got there. With no tutorials, explanations, or hints provided, the game was created with the intent that self-discovery and experimentation be an integral part of the experience. An inconceivable truth awaits those willing to discover it. Do you dare to hope? Or will despair claim the final shreds of your mind? Discover the mystery of the Starship Damrey to find out for yourself…
Bloody Vampire
(Agetec)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €4.99
(£4.49)
Mark Johnson
mark@agetec.com

Game Description: Several years ago, a strange man made his way to the ruins of an abandoned castle on the outskirts of a small town called Verulia. Since then the locals fear the castle. Recently, a merchant travelled to Verulia and discovered the entire town was deserted. Her story was embellished, as disturbing rumours of a vampire inhabiting the castle spread like wildfire through the land. As Latis has become older and learned more about herself from Cereza, she feels she is destined by her heritage, to bring an end to any threat that vampires pose to humanity. Join Latis and Cereza on their adventure and discover the secrets buried deep in the ancient castle of Verulia.

Reel Fishing® 3D Paradise Mini
(NATSUME)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €3.99
(£3.59)
Graham Markay
graham@natsume.com

Game Description: Reel Fishing® 3D Paradise Mini offers a fun and challenging experience for novice fishers and master anglers alike. Put your skills to the test as you must complete over 20 missions in a variety of different fishing locals. Each fish looks and moves so much like the real thing, it’s the closest you can get to real-life fishing without putting on your waders! Choose from a variety of lures to attract and hook the game’s numerous wily fish. Do you have what it takes to become the next great Fishing Master!
Wrecking Crew
(Nintendo)
Nintendo 3DS
(Virtual Console)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €3.99
(£3.59)
Nintendo PR
pr@nintendo.co.uk

Game Description: In NES classic Wrecking Crew, Mario and Luigi swap their plumber’s caps for hard hats as they take on the role of demolition engineers! One or two players must demolish every obstacle in each enemy-infested level, while working out the most destructive route through the networks of ladders and scaffolds. Wrecking Crew also includes a mode for designing your own levels. This Virtual Console version also features the ability to save your creations, which was not possible in the NES original.
Crash City Mayhem
(Ghostlight)
Nintendo 3DS
(Card/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €19.99
(£17.99)
Steve Morgan
steve.morgan@ghostlight.uk.com

Game Description: Experience high-octane driving thrills with ‘Crash City Mayhem’. Blaze your way through the city streets and crush an evil syndicate of terrorists! Drive anywhere – rooftops, sewers, inside buildings, rail tracks and more! Use your driving skills to enter a world of espionage and action. Drive a huge variety of crazy vehicles including mopeds, supercars and tanks! Unlock a stash of secret items and vehicle upgrades.

The Beet Party: UnderWaterMelon
(Redrover)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Video)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €0.99
(£0.89)
Thom Chapman
t.chapman@toonboxent.com

Video Description: The Beet Party is a series of 3D short videos available for download on Nintendo eShop. The two-minute interstitials target four to six year olds and follow the adventures of the five coolest beets around as they explore, experiment, celebrate and communicate with beat-boxing sounds when something new arrives in their fridge. In UnderWaterMelon, a giant watermelon is placed in the fridge which causes some major space issues with the Beets.
Color Commando
(CIRCLE Ent.)
Nintendo 3DS
(DSiWare)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €1.99
(£1.79)
Chris Chau
chris@cir-ent.com
Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
Nintendo DSi Shop from 9/5/13 200 Points

Game Description: Color Commando is a new and very cool puzzle platform game. In this game you get to hunt for treasure! However, many evil color monsters are blocking your path! Pick up color blobs and try to outsmart the monsters! In each level, color monsters will block your path and try to grab you! So what can you do against this? Collect paint blobs that are spread out over the level. You can use a paint blob to paint a big paint-spot on the world. If a monster of the same colour comes into contact with the paint-spot, the monster will dissolve into the spot. When this happens the monster cannot harm the player! The game starts out easy enough, but before you know it you are surrounded by many different types of color monsters in all different colours! There are five worlds, each with four normal levels and one star level. You can unlock the star level by getting all the treasure in the other four levels!
Solomon’s Key
(TECMO KOEI GAMES)
Wii U
(Virtual Console – NES)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €4.99
(£3.49)
Nintendo PR
pr@nintendo.co.uk

Game Description: To save his world from demons, Dana the Wizard goes on a dangerous quest to find Solomon’s Key and seal the monsters away. An audacious mix of action game and puzzler, Solomon’s Key was one of the toughest challenges on the NES, but also one of its most endearing adventures. Combine logic and reflexes to unravel the mysteries of each room. Bright minds are needed to unlock its secrets, and only a few have been deemed worthy of seeing all the different endings. Will you be clever enough?

This is the US version of the game.

Xevious™
(NAMCO BANDAI Games)
Wii U
(Virtual Console – NES)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 €4.99
(£3.49)
Nintendo PR
pr@nintendo.co.uk

Game Description: Take control of your Solvalou fighter and strike deep behind enemy lines to destroy the Xevious forces! Use missiles against airborne enemies and bombs against ground-based targets, and watch out for the colossal floating fortress. Xevious is considered one of the forefathers of the vertical-scrolling shooter genre. Featuring unique enemies, a variety of environments and many hidden gameplay features, it’s an all-time classic that still gets the pulse racing!

This is the US version of the game.

World Heroes 2 Jet
(D4 Enterprise)
Wii
(Virtual Console)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 900 Points Shinta Ogura
ogura@d4e.co.jp

Game Description: World Heroes 2 Jet, initially released in 1994, is the 3rd in the prolific fighting game series. Choose from 16 historical or well-known heroes, villains and fighters and battle your way to the top to become the world’s greatest warrior! There are two types of modes in this version, “Tournament of Titans Mode”, where you fight three bouts in one day, and if you are successful you move on to the next day, and “World Heroes Training Mode”, where you can fight with any opponent. Furthermore, the addition of dash and back step, which were not in the previous version, as well as a countering system that ushers in a more speedy way of fighting, makes World Heroes 2 Jet even more enjoyable to play. There are also four competition types to choose from, allowing for even more in-depth battles.

Permanent  Price Reductions
Title Platform Price Available Further Info Contact

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2
(TECMO KOEI GAMES)
Wii U
(Disc/Download)
€49.99, was €59.99
(£39.99, was £49.99)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13 Marilena Papacosta
marilena@tecmokoei.co.uk


Special Offers


Title Platform Price Available Further Info Contact
Chasing Aurora
(Broken Rules)
Wii U
(Download Software)
€5.99, was €11.99
(£5.39, was £10.79)
Nintendo eShop from 9/5/13
until 16/5/13, 14:59 CEST
Felix Bohatsch
felix@brokenrul.es


Keep up to date with all the official Nintendo announcements and exclusive new game information by following the official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed @NintendoUK.

About Nintendo eShop:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL offers a variety of free and paid for software, as well as videos, user reviews and more information about Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software. On Wii U, users can download free game demos and Wii U Download Software or watch videos. On Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL users can download free game demos, Nintendo 3DS Download Software, classic games for Virtual Console, Downloadable Videos and Nintendo DSiWare. Download versions of selected Wii U Disc software or Nintendo 3DS Card software are also now available. Funds to purchase software can be added using a credit card or through Nintendo eShop cards which can be found at retail stores.

About Wii Shop Channel & Nintendo DSi Shop:
The Wii Shop Channel & Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo Points which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel & Nintendo DSi Shop, as well as in selected retail stores. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

About Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 654 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in Europe.”


Source: GamesPress

Dusty Revenge (Mac/PC) – Art Book Kickstarter Campaign Press Release

dustyRevengeLogo Dusty Revenge (Mac/PC)   Art Book Kickstarter Campaign Press Release


“Dusty Revenge – Bunnies, Revenge & Samurai Swords…what more could you ask for??


PD Design Studio is thrilled to announce the release of a 150 page art book as a promotion for their upcoming 2D action platformer, Dusty Revenge. The full color, 150 page hardback art book features plenty of concepts of the characters and environments, the evolution of the characters, early sketches of environment designs, comics and much more. The Kickstarter campaign is loaded with rewards, including a bundle of both the comic and the game, which is set to launch Summer of 2013.

Dusty Revenge is not only a compilation of vivid artwork, but a full game coming out this year, so PD Design can offer the game as a reward. Backers can immerse themselves in the world of Dusty, fight Craven and claim revenge in a massive adventure filled with action! The game’s original soundtrack and exclusive prints are also available throughout the reward tiers. True revenge lovers can even get commissioned artwork from the artists themselves. The pledged money will assist in the creation of the art book and help the studio to promote their ambitious game.

The story: Dusty Revenge is about Dusty, an angry rabbit who is out to avenge the death of his beloved. Along the way, he crossed path with 2 allies, Rondel the heavy arms specialist and McCoy the sharpshooter. Together, they will hunt down Craven, but each for a different reason. It’s an action game, with tonnes to enemies for you to hack and slash. Dusty Revenge is our studio’s 1st main game. It’s a production that spanned over 2 years.

“Dusty Revenge will be available in a matter of months, so backers won’t have to wait very long for their rewards, which is great,” says lead designer KJ Poh. “This book is for people who appreciates great art and design. It’s for gamers and artists alike, with a gripping story, awesome graphics and lots of action, we hope everyone enjoys it!”

The Dusty Revenge Kickstarter page is now available to the public here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/524641801/dusty-revenge-the-art-of-revenge-a-150-page-artboo?ref=recently_launched.

Dusty Revenge is set for a release in Summer 2013 on Mac, with a subsequent release on PC (Windows) shortly after. A trailer has been released in conjunction with the press release and can be seen via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CCmYtmo0h20

Screenshots and the logo can be downloaded via the press kit: http://dustyrevenge.com/content/Presskit.zip. Fans of the game are encouraged to visit the Steam Greenlight page and vote to see it available on the platform. For additional information on Dusty Revenge, visit http://dustyrevenge.com/

About PD Design Studio:
PD Design Studio started off as a multimedia studio specializing in Games, Interactive Content and more. They have produced various projects ranging from Flash Games, Interactive CD- roms, Websites and original games. Currently, the studio focuses solely on creating quality games for gamers. They pride themselves in delivering the best experience with a dash of
innovation and style. Fans of the studio are encouraged to follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.”  

Source: GamesPress

Australia – Ballarat GIG: Get Into Games – Video Game Development Expo Press Release

“Press Release:

For Immediate Release                                                      6th May, 2013

What : Ballarat GiG: Get Into Games
Where: Mining Exchange, Ballarat, Victoria. Australia
When: 17th and 18th May

Ballarat GIG: Get Into Games


Shining a light on real opportunities in computer games

Melbourne, May 4th , 2013 — Australia’s largest regional computer games career expo, Ballarat GiG: Get into Games, returns on the 17th and 18th of May and will showcase the industry with two days of demonstrations, the latest games to play, competitions and talks from local industry leaders.

Ballarat GiG is a free event that is open to the public and offers rare access to working professionals from leading Australian studios.

Friday the 17th is a student open day aimed at encouraging secondary school students to look into further education that can help them get into what may be their dream job in the Technology sector. It focuses on talks about entering the industry and the opportunities available.

The Saturday is an open day focused on the theme of Welcome to the World of Apps, as well as offering unstructured time with the developers, a hands-on approach to games with new Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC titles available for the public to play, and a variety of competitions offering big prizes to test visitors’ sense of fun and skills.

The Saturday is also a great way for parents which children interested in the games industry to understand more of the career options and pathways available.

The speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Game Developer Association of Australia CEO Tony Reed, who is one of the leading experts on the Australian industry and a key lobbyist representing the games industry to government
  • Representatives from Ballarat University and TAFE who are on hand to deliver an overview of the industry and the academic courses on offer.
  • The entire team from rising Melbourne developer Many Monkeys, including one of our local guns, Matt Ditton (ex-Krome and Pandemic).
  • Matt Hall from KlickTock games. Matt has recently relocated to Ballarat and is an excellent example of what we believe the regional cities will see as a true business opportunity as the NBN connection offers business the ability to relocate without compromising their required services.


Welcome to the World of Apps will give the public the opportunity to learn more about this growing sector of the industry from our expert speakers and game developers. App development (generally, smaller programs aimed at mobile devices) offers local developers the chance to compete in the global market without having to be a large studio with a big budget. Whether you have an idea for a game or need some assistance getting your plan in action, come down to GiG on Saturday to learn more.

The video game development industry has now been recognised, at the Commonwealth level, with the establishment of a $20 million development fund, thanks in part to the work of one of our speakers, Tony Reed of the GDAA, which further signals the growing importance and opportunities of the sector in Australia.

So, if you are a teacher and would like your students to have a great and motivational day out check out our Friday program. If you want to play games, learn about a career in video games or learn about the ever growing world of apps head down to Ballarat GiG : Get into Games on Saturday 18th May. There will be prizes and give-aways as well, so come visit Ballarat GiG.

Website: www.ballaratgig.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BallaratGIG

Ballarat GiG: Get Into Games Program Schedule
Career and Video Game Expo, Mining Exchange, Ballarat

Friday, May 17th, School Open Day

Time Session
9.00 am Mining Exchange Venue Opens
9.45 am
Opening Presentations

Note: Students will be free to play the games on display around the hall between sessions. This offers a good showcase of the industry as well as an incentive to engage more with the speakers.

10.00 am GDAA, Game Developer Association of Australia presentation

Tony Reed, CEO will talk about the video game industry in Australia and Overseas. Tony’s talk is a fantastic insight into what is now a global industry.
Note: The video game industry is now the largest entertainment industry; it is bigger than film and DVD. Tony has been instrumental in securing $20 Million to assist local game developers and grow the video game industry in Australia.

10.45 am Ballarat Uni presentation, supporting courses

Both Ballarat Uni and TAFE will present course options for the students. Both support teaching students what they will require to learn to join the video game industry.
Note: This is an industry that is not restricted to programmers and artists. There are opportunities in PR, marketing, sales and business, and we would encourage teachers to also invite students with these interests.

11.15 am Many Monkeys Development

Matt Ditton is one of the young guns in the Australian Video Game development industry. Matt will talk about how he got into games and some excellent highlights from his career including Pandemic and making games in strange places.

As something special for this year, Matt is bringing his studio team up to talk to the GiG audience. Tom Killen (formally of Voxel Agents) and Timothy C Best (formally of Spinfast and PC PowerPlay magazine editor) will be on stage with Matt to discuss how a game studio runs.

A lot of talent on stage, illustrating several paths into the industry from the big studios to indie start-ups and moving from related industries.

12.15 pm Lunch/Play During lunch, members of the game industry will talk to teachers

Ballarat GiG will host lunch for both the students and teachers. Ballarat GiG will also host specific presentations for the teachers over lunch with members of the GDAA (Game Developer Association of Australia) and local video game companies. This is to explain the growth of this sector and the career pathways that are available.

Games will be available to play for all the students.

1.15 pm Matthew Hall of Klick Klock  and the developer of “Deck War’ and the beautiful “Little Things Forever”.

Matthew is going to talk about developing iPhone games and the success he has had. Matthew has recently moved his studio to Ballarat and will talk about the opportunities that exist to start and run game studios in Ballarat and regional Victoria as the NBN begins to roll out.

He has worked with some of the big video game companies. Matt has now set up his new studio in Ballarat.

2.00 pm Media Saints and Michael Woodson making fun education games and working with the likes of the ABC.

This is a fantastic story, with the CEO, Michael Woods being one of the team that helped in our early Ballarat GiG: Get into Games events and now runs a video game company working with the likes of the ABC. Michael’s presentations are always fun and a little off the wall.

2.30 pm How to get into games, from school to business

This session will extend past the departure time of many schools and is there to support or answer any questions from teachers, students or other persons that have an interest in the video game industry as a career. This session will be open to public.

Saturday, May 18th, Open Day

Time Session
9.30 am Games available to play.
Come down and enjoy some hands-on time with some of the latest games showcasing the state of the industry.

Competition Registration Begins
Register for our big game events and show your stuff in our competitions starting at noon.

10.00 am
World of Apps 
12.00 pm Organised Game Competitions Begin
We will be featuring game competitions run by the local Guff gaming crew. Prizes on offer for those with enough skill and daring.

Games industry talent on hand for unstructured consultation
Chat to industry rising stars and veterans about the state of game development in Australia and the career options it offers.

4:30pm Doors Close

Notes:

  • The Friday event programming will be based on the development and career options that the video game industry presents.
  • The schedule includes keynote presentations from the Game Developers Association and key developers in the Australian market. The local educational facilities will also present and introduce course and career options for video gaming.
  • While the keynotes are running, the venue will be open for visitors to play and test games. There will be games for all on PC and Xbox 360.
  • All the booths will be manned. There will also be security in the room to assist teachers as required.


Interviews and photographs available on request.

For more information contact:
Martin Wilkes
Project Manager
Addictive Agency
M: +61 (0) 421 568 434
martin.wilkes@addictiveagency.com.au

Why Ballarat?
Ballarat is ideally located to service a large portion of the Victorian regional population. With its investment in educational facilities — from the University to supporting TAFE, and specialised institutes — the city has focused on the development of gaming and multimedia pathways for its youth.
Website: www.businessballarat.com

Ballarat ICT Ltd
Ballarat ICT Ltd is a not-for-profit partnership of industry, government and educational institutions dedicated to sustaining and growing a globally competitive information, communication and technology (ICT) industry in Ballarat.
Get into Games supports Ballarat’s ICT direction through education, knowledge transfer and direct contact with industry representatives who have made a career out of video games.
Visit www.ballaratict.com.au

Source: GamesPress

Stinky Footboard (PC) – Press Release, Release Month, & Price

stinky footboard controller Stinky Footboard (PC)   Press Release, Release Month, & Price


“Super Stinky Kickstarter Campaign Successful


Stelulu’s Stinky Footboard Bringing Gaming to Your Feet

 
MONTREAL, Quebec  - The Stinky Footboard  Kickstarter campaign has completed successfully with $79,562 raised.  Stelulu will begin shipping and selling the PC controller online in June for $119 USD. 

The Stinky Footboard was created to allow players to use their feet to supplement their hands on the mouse and keyboard when gaming.  This allows gamers to always be in control, and able to execute lightning quick, simultaneous commands without ever having to take their fingers off WASD and the mouse.

“To be honest, we weren’t sure our Kickstarter would be successful.  I mean, using your feet to control a computer sounds crazy the first time you hear it,” says Stephane Rivard, Co-Founder and President, Stelulu Technologies. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the gamer community and their support during our campaign.”   

The Stinky Footboard was designed to handle useful secondary actions that usually require finger gymnastics to trigger. Testers have found that it is especially useful for FPS, MMO, MOBA and RTS games.

Constructed of steel, aluminum and heavy duty plastics, the Stinky Footboard is built to withstand the kind of abuse excited, (or angry), gamers might dish out. The sleek and ergonomic profile allows the foot to rest in a relaxed and natural position thus reducing fatigue over long play sessions.

Each switch can be customized with soft, medium, and hard springs and can be micro-adjusted to provide the exact level of responsiveness required by the user.  The Stinky software also allows users to map different keystrokes for different games to every switch.
 
The Stinky Footboard is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

For more details visit  http://www.stinkyboard.com

Source: GamesPress