Monday
Apr272015

Valve Already Axes Paid Mod Service

Remember just a couple of days ago, at least it seems that way, when Zealeus mentioned that Valve was going to do paid mods where the modders would get some of the money? Remember how they were going to start with Skyrim mods? Well it turns out that apparently the backlash from the community was enough for Valve to already remove this option. Not only that but anyone who did buy a mod or two, or all of them have had their money refunded.

Valve and Bethesda both came out and said that they believed that the community would relish at the chance to not only create their own mods but perhaps gain some success to the point where they could continue to work on their mods, off the money they made. 

The fact of the matter is that there are too many people out there trying to make the quick buck and who don't give a damn about continuing their product. I personally had issues with idea from day one, and it appears that I was not alone. Now I don't know what the prices were for these mods, or if the marketplace was flooded with such sludge that this was the end result, or if it might have been that people expected a certain quality to the mods for a AAA title and they felt shorted by the lack of polish of some of these mods.

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Monday
Apr272015

Two Dash Stash: A Fellow in Arms Closes Their Doors

It's never a glamorous job, and most of the time we go unnoticed by many, but the life of an Indie Game Reviewer, in my mind is definitely something I would never take back. There are many like Altered Confusion out there, many sites/people who want to cover the games that need some love, and are willing to give honest opinions about products. Hell some out there are able to break through with ease, others, like ourselves have put in a couple of years to get where we are today.

We at Altered Confusion, have had the privilege to meet some of these "warriors" and it does sadden us when we see one that we know decide to close their doors. Two Dash Stash, is the latest one to decide that it was time to hang it up.

I know, personally, that I've gotten to the edge with Altered Confusion on several occasions, and I've always somehow decided at the last moment to step back. I've personally been doing Altered Confusion for 7 years, HOLY CRAP, 7 years, and has it gotten me the fame and glory I originally envisioned? Hell no, but it did get me something else and that is a sense of pride and accomplishment when we are able to help, even if it is only ever so slightly, an independent developer get some love for their blood sweat and tears.

So to Two Dash Stash, we pour one out to you, and to those who were a part of the site we wish you the best in your next endeavors.

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Monday
Apr272015

Gateway: Uprising, A Deck Building Game to Check Out

Alright you know I love me some KickStarter projects, well I used to. The fact of the matter is that there are so many dreams being thrown up on KickStarter, nowadays, where I don't really pay much attention to the latest and greatest entry.

Well seeing as I know of one of the people working on this game, I decided to at least check out the KickStarter video for Gateway: Uprising. Now first off I have to tell you that it's always a risk to have someone who acts like a deer in the headlights in your video, but that issue was overcome by the simple fact that this almost a completed project that just needs the funds to manufacture in large quantities.

So if you are interested in finding out more about this game I highly recommend you check out their website, and perhaps help them get to their goal of $40,000 on KickStarter.

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Monday
Apr272015

Silent Hill Reboot No Longer Happening

Son of a... Look I was over the moon excited when I heard about Kojima, del Toro, and Norman Reedus teaming up to bring the spooky back to Silent Hill. I mean, come on, this trailer got everyone excited, right?

 

Well it turns out that the contracts and commitments are no longer in place. I do wonder if this has to do with the fact that Kojima is leaving Konami? Then again that's probably partially the issue. According to Konami the contract for Norman Reedus has run its course, and del Toro has already moved on to other things.

Such a sad, and wasted chance at excellence. This also marks the second time in a week where a spooky game that I was excited about seems to either be completely dead or in infinite limbo.

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Monday
Apr272015

Shadowgun: Deadzone Goes Crowdsourcing

MadFinger Games has been working behind the scenes for a while to bring fans of the multiplayer, multi-platform, shooter a bit closer to the actual action. Starting now Shadowgun: Deadzone will be worked on by not only those at MadFinger Games, but the larger gaming community.

That's right folks it would appear that there are a couple of game companies out there who understand that if they want to see a long and healthy life they have to actually listen to the consumers instead of blindly throwing updates and changes that they think people will like.

Now not having really gotten into this game I can't tell you if this was a move of desperation to keep the community happy, or if this was something that was always in the works, but what I can tell you is that I think this game, which appears on GooglePlay, iOS store, and Facebook, is going to be around as long as the community wants it.

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