Author: Ben H

Voxatron Gets Its Own Humble Bundle

Introducing the Humble Voxatron Bundle, featuring the Robotron 2084-meets-Minecraft voxel shooter Voxatron.

From the people that brought you the Humble Indie Bundles 1-3, the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, and the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle, the proceeds again go towards a split of your choosing between Voxatron maker Lexaloffle, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Child's Play charity, and the Humble site itself.

April 20, 2011

Iran’s First AAA Game

Garshasp: The Monster Slayer is a hack-and-slash action platformer being made in the most unlikely of places: Iran. The creation of Dead Mage Studios in Tehran, it follows the mythical exploits of warrior Garshasp, who is mentioned in both Persian and Zoroastrian texts. This is even more shocking since it's still being made despite several internation sanctions against Iran. [more inside]

March 11, 2011

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games have not been known for being the most stable or well-balanced series. Still, the unique environments and innovative appeal still make the games enjoyable. Artist Pavel Dolgov has released mod compilations for each game under the moniker S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Complete, adding new features like graphical improvements, bug fixes, translation edits, and additional music. [more inside]

March 9, 2011

Serious Sam Engages Indie Mode

Croteam, developer of the Serious Sam series, has asked 3 indie studios to make spinoff games taking place in the Serious Sam universe These developers are Dutch duo Vlambeer of Super Crate Box fame; Be-Rad Entertainment, makers of Lame Castle; and Mommy's Best Games, who brought us the XBLA game Weapon of Choice. The games will be released, presumably for free, as the release date for Serious Same 3: BFE grows closer.

February 11, 2011

Crysis 2: The Leakening

Crysis 2 Development Build leaked along with the master key for the game's online authentication system. The build contains a fully playable, nearly complete version of the game and the multiplayer component and is reportedly already seeing distribution through the usual channels. This comes 7 weeks before the game's official release date of March 22nd. [Via RPS]

February 10, 2011

Duke Nukem Hits Oz Uncut

Duke Nukem Forever somehow manages to get an MA15+ rating in Australia , despite having no edits made to pass the notoriously restrictive Australian Classification Board. This may come as a surprise to many, considering the ACB's past with games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3. The MA15+ rating is roughly equivalent to the M rating in the US, the 18+ PEGI rating, and the 18 rating by the BBFC. This avoids the R18+ rating, which means that the game would not be carried by a large majority of Australian retailers, and its sale must be restricted to all those below 18.

Lugaru Mac Store Fiasco

What happens when you release your source code and then someone else starts selling it on the Mac Store. Wolfire Games is in dispute with iCoder, Inc. after the latter released a ported version of their game Lugaru for $2 on the Mac Store after the official version, Lugaru HD (Recently a part of the the Wolfire-organized Humble Indie Bundle), had been on the store for over a week. So far the Mac store has not responded.

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