Valve to Greenlight Hopefuls, "Stop Giving Away Free Keys"

Well in a world where free stuff/money gives a person/company a leg up it would appear that the practice of giving free keys for votes through the Project Greenlight portion of Steam is starting to draw some really pissed off or frustrated comments coming from the people at Valve. They fear that this type of practice, which is strictly vote yes for the game and get a free key puts Valve in a bad place as well as it apparently is making other Greenlight hopefuls in a strange positioning of not knowing if this is the new "it" thing to do now.

Of course Valve has come out and already stated that if this practice continues the whole selection process might take even longer and might be tougher to get through. To be honest, I think that that might not be that bad of an idea. Sure the vast majority of the games I've seen come through are marginal to excellent, but there are still those games that SHOULD NEVER have made it through that did.

Then again wasn't Valve going to do away with Prject Greenlight in its current iteration anyways? Wouldn't this just be the perfect excuse to completely shut it down for a while and make the system stronger and perhaps better for those who are actually trying to create something unique and awesome, instead of those trying to just sell there crap?

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ESL Gives Matchmaking Tools

Alright so this isn't really for the average reader, but for those developers out there who have online components that might need a little help when it comes to matchmaking ESL is coming to the rescue. Just announced today they will be releasing their matchmaking engine which of course is already set to be shown off in some recognizable games. So if you want more information, please read on:


ESL Expands Offering with White Label Toolkit for Indie Developers to Allow Easy Integration of Competitive-Grade Video Game Matchmaking

Los Angeles, CA – February 10, 2015 – Today, ESL, the world’s largest esports company, is pleased to officially announce ESL Matchmaking, its white label development toolkit that will be featured in the upcoming anti-gravity racing game, Formula Fusion by R8 Games, dubbed by many as the spiritual successor to the blockbuster WipEout.

UK-based indie developer R8 Games – comprised of team members with pedigrees that include many highly successful racing titles, including WipEout, the Colin McRae series, Midnight Club, Carmageddon and Auto Club Revolution – is set to release Formula Fusion on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2016. Formula Fusion is the first video game announced to leverage ESL Matchmaking for its competitive-grade esports matchmaking multiplayer.

“Indie development has grown in leaps and bounds, continuing to be an area of amazing video game innovation in terms of content, game play and overall creativity. ESL recognizes the potential of indie games and we believe the ESL Matchmaking toolkit will help level the playing field for indies,” said Arne Peters, Vice President of ESL Technology. “While many indie titles are ideally suited for competitive play from a design perspective, sadly that aspect isn’t always an initial priority. Our ESL Matchmaking toolkit makes it quite easy for indie developers to deliver world-class support for competitive gaming without distracting them from their core competency of making amazingly creative games.”

“Teaming up with esports professionals from the world of ESL is a big deal for us. It clearly communicates our ambitions to be the next big thing in anti-gravity racing,” said Andrew Walker, CEO of R8 Games. “ESL Matchmaking will not only fuel the best possible online multiplayer experiences for our fans, but it will also help us focus our resources on game design, development and balancing. We are truly excited about this opportunity and the potential that offering industry-leading esports support brings.”

The ESL Matchmaking toolkit is platform-independent and connects via a web application program interface (API). This allows developers integrating the ESL Matchmaking tool into their games to benefit from advanced skill-based matchmaking features across all game versions and platforms. Developed by ESL and proven over numerous years in ESL’s online tournaments, ESL Matchmaking is now available to every developer of multiplayer video games, regardless of platform or genre.

The ESL Technology team will showcase the capabilities of the ESL Matchmaking tool at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) from March 2nd through 6th, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

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A New Shoot'em Up iOS Game To Look into

So sometimes you just stumble upon games that catch your eyes that might have a little something extra to it if you just give it a shot. Well this time around it is a game called Brigand VS Armada. You will be taking the fight to a legion of ships set on keeping freedom away from the people. You will have all the usual shoot'em up pieces to make this experience interesting. You will have upgrades to your guns, and other pieces of your ship, and of course two different ways of doing things. You can of course blow everything out of the sky, or you can capture the ships which might not net you as much currency, but you might be able to unlock upgrades to create a more powerful ship to work with. 

Currently this game is in the iOS marketplace with a price tag of $0.99, personally that's not a price you can ignore for those who love the old days and hell even some of the new days of shoot'em ups. So take this game for a spin, you know you want to.

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The Jackbox Party Pack is Coming to OUYA

So some of you might remember a trivia game with an attitude back in the 90s that went by the name of You Don't Know Jack, well the group behind that game is coming at you with not just a new YDKJ, but is going to be bundling up four other games for you to challenge your friends with. Here's what you can look forward to in the very near future on the OUYA:

The team behind YOU DON’T KNOW JACK presents FIVE guffaw-inducing party games in one pack!

Games include:

  • The comedy trivia sensation YOU DON’T NOW JACK 2015 (1-4 players) with hundreds of all-new questions.
  • The hilarious bluffing game Fibbage XL (2-8 players), with 50% more questions added to the original hit game Fibbage.
  • The bizarre drawing game Drawful (3-8 players), where you draw right there on your phone or tablet.
  • The racy-as-you-want-to-be fill-in-the-blank word game Word Spud (2-8 players).
  • The wacky-fact-filled Lie Swatter (1-100 players).

Now of course this pack has already been release in a couple other forms, so if you do not own an OUYA you can still get in on the action, but I think its safe to say that Altered Confusion will be aiming for the OUYA version to help further build our collection of fun games.

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Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock is Coming February 17th

So it would appear that Phoenix Online publishing is at it again releasing another title that will have the gamers buzzing. This time around it is Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, a sci-fi point and click that will have you surviving a crash landing on a strange planet. Do you have what it takes to survive, or will you be destined to be forgotten upon this strange planet you find yourself on?


Phoenix Online Publishing Brings Space-Age Mystery Adventure to PC and Mac

St. Louis, MO – February 3rd, 2015 – Phoenix Online Publishing and Red Herring Labs today announced that Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, a chillingly alien and atmospheric sci-fi first-person point-and-click adventure, will make its debut for PC and Mac on February 17th, 2015. Inviting players to crash-land upon and explore an isolated alien landscape that appears deceptively empty and benign, this adventure by Red Herring Labs brings new life to their hit game Morningstar, offering all-new puzzles, scenes and encounters to discover. Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock will be available for PC and Mac for $9.99 on February 17th via Steam, the Humble Store, the Phoenix Online Store and other major online retailers. Check out the trailer here:

Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, gamers will discover that what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on. If the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?

Key Features
  • Experience an immersive sci-fi adventure, packed with gorgeous HD graphics, brand-new puzzles and scenes, and an all-new, streamlined interface
  • Newly remastered cinematics display the haunting landscapes in beautiful high definition
  • Uncover the mystery of Deadrock through new and optimized puzzles and an extended storyline
  • The alien planet of Deadrock comes alive with full voice acting and engrossing sound effects
  • Includes an atmospheric remastered soundtrack with over 30 minutes of original music
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Now of course Altered Confusion is going to want to play this game too, and hopefully we can give you a heads up on what you should do when it comes to this game.

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