My first thoughts on the completed development of Shutshimi

Here we are on the release date for Extra Guy’s first game, Shutshimi. I’m pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team. Working with my partners at Neon Deity Games has been an absolute pleasure, and truth be told, there wasn’t much negative to look back on.

The journey of the muscle-bound fish with a shotgun started back in August, during a little game jam called Ludum Dare. The final version is considerably more fleshed out than that three-day version. But what we accomplished 9in what was actually less than the allotted amount of time for the competition) was well-received in voting, partially because we stuck to a pretty narrow focus and tried to make that the best we could. And it laid a solid foundation for what was to come.

I think my favorite part of development was the unfettered creativity such a wildly strange concept allowed for. Surfing butts, underwater pelicans, a fish wearing hats… it all adds to the fun of the end product, and we didn’t have to stop and say “Hey wait, maybe that’s a little too crazy”. There was no compromising the vision. There was no holding back. I can say confidently that the game is what we wanted to make.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s received. I’m not too worried about sales — we priced it at a dollar so obviously weren’t worried about making money — I just hope people have fun playing it. The most important part is our game brings some enjoyment to someone out there. Anyway, those are my first thoughts on the game. Remember, if you want to try it for yourself there’s a demo on XBLIG and our official website as well.

Extra Guy is now developing video games

Hey guys, it’s been a minute. We kind of developed a game in the time I was gone!

We formed up a team called Neon Deity, got serious about it, put the official corporation stamp on ol’ Extra Guy here and we’re in the game making business now. Our first project is Shutshimi, and it’s coming to Windows, Linux and XBLIG right away, with a Mac version to follow. And it’s only going to cost one dollar. One measly dollar.

This means interesting things for Extra Guy. First off, we’ll mostly be working on video games for the foreseeable future, so don’t expect much in the way of news posts or reviews. We may post things that interest us from time to time, but we’re moving out of that side of the industry here. Anthony is over at IndieGames.com and Wayne is over at Armless Octopus so you can still get your fix there.

Secondly, we’re working on another type of product that we’ll reveal in the future. We’ve been working on it for some time, but we just want to make sure we get all the details right before we unveil and unleash upon the world.

Anyway, I’ll follow up with a post tomorrow specifically about Shutshimi. Thanks for checking us out all these years, and we hope you’ll follow us through this new chapter we’re starting.

The Digital Ensemble – 4/1/14

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Welcome back for another exciting episode of the Digital Ensemble.  Anthony, Wayne, and one of the Daves (we’ll let you figure out which one) are on the spot to discuss a variety of video game news.

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The Digital Ensemble – 3/25/14

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Anthony and Extra Crispy Dave head up the show this week to chat about an assortment of video game related topics, like Facebook’s purchase of the Oculus Rift, Vlambeer’s Luftrausers and the Battlefield 4 expansion pack. Original Recipe Dave and Wayne don’t make an appearance, but Wayne did submit some tunes for your enjoyment.  Thanks for checking us out, we hope to see you back next week!

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Selected Music

SET 1
Artist: Various
Album: Warukunai
1. Slime Girls from K-on!
2. Geldman from from One Piece
3. Melt Channel – XX Fallen Angel from Panty & Stocking w/Garterbelt
4. 1000 Needles – Hybrid Rainbow from FLCL

SET 2
Artist: Jophish
Album: Distance
1. Nothing More
2. September
3. Distance

The Digital Ensemble – 3/18/14

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The core extra guy crew is out this week for a variety of reasons, so Anthony has put together an awesome music show for your listening pleasure.  Check out the track list below and be sure to subscribe.

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Music:

Part 1
Laffe the Fox – Sloth Machines
Monomer – Dastardly Deeds
Mr Foetus – Deadpan DA
Petriform – Heliofluid
Theory of N – Buttdawg Funk

Part 2
Lifeformed – Cider Time – Dustforce
Sega – Billie Jean – Moonwalker
Capcom – Concrete Jungle – Mega Man 9
Capcom – Magma Burning – Mega Man 9
Module – Argon Refinery – Shatter
Namco – Decisive – Tales of Phantasia
Konami – Pyramid of Fear- Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Konami – Mars Needs Cheerleaders – Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Part 3
Rusko – Bionic Commando
Chipzel – Focus – Super Hexagon
Fear Of Dark – Flame Repellent
Disasterpeace – Death Satellite Evasion
RushJet1 – Troubled Dreams

EG Guest Series: SUPER CHIBI KNIGHT!

Hey there, my name is Nick Pasto, and I’m making an indie video game with my 8 year-old daughter Bella. I’ve released over 40 games in the last 10 years, but this game is something special. I’ll try to sum up the story behind the game real quick:

About 4 years ago, I was finishing up a game called Chibi Knight and I was integrating sound effects and trying to record my own voice for the main character. I was shouting “Yah! Hi-ya! Wha-chow!” and other nonsense that one does when swinging a sword into my microphone. My, then, 4 year old daughter overheard me from the other room and started imitating me in efforts to make fun of dear ol’ dad. Deciding she needed a dose of humiliation to tame her attitude, I said “Oh, you think you can do a better job? Come in here and give it a try!” She did, and it was so much better than what I was doing, I had her record all the lines for the game. The cuteness rocketed the game to huge success and over 10 million plays. We vowed we would make a sequel some day…

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Extra Guy guest post series

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you all know about a new article series we are going to be debuting in a bit here on the site.  The plan is to highlight some indie titles that are either in development or are recently released, and give you an inside look through the eyes of the people working on the project.  I’m really excited to share what I hope is a unique look at some awesome games that you should definitely be checking out.

Our first article comes from Nick Pasto, the programmer behind an assortment of games including the amazing Abobo’s Big Adventure.  Nick has been working on a project with his daughter called Super Chibi Knight, that currently has a Kickstarter running.  Be sure to stop back to check out his article, and if you have any ideas for future content, or are a developer who wants to share a story or information about your game let us know!

Sony Indie announcements and news

The Playstation Blog had a ton of interesting news this week for Indie game fans that includes some new game announcements and dates.  There were also some good reads on games that have already been released that you should check out.

For those who haven’t picked it up already, Towerfall is now available for PS4 and there is an interview with Matt Thorson that is definitely worth a read.  I just picked the game up and I’m really looking forward to checking out the quest mode content.

Mercenary Kings was given a release date for the PS4 this week and it’s coming out pretty soon, April 1st to be precise.  You also might be interested to know that two more games would be making their way to Playstation consoles.  Teslagrad will be coming to the PS3 and PS Vita, and Hyper Light Drifter is going to be available for the PS4 and PS Vita.

The Digital Ensemble – 3/11/14

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On this weeks episode of the Digital Ensemble, Dave, Anthony, and Wayne discus a variety of video game news.  Topics for the week include an assortment of SXSW related information, and our thoughts on the upcoming Shaq Fu game.  Thanks for checking us out, and as always hit the links below to subscribe if you haven’t already.

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Probably some cool chiptunes you might want to check out

The Digital Ensemble – 3/4/14

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Okay so this is a little late getting published… but South Park came out and there wasn’t a lot of free time this week.  If you want to hear us chat about some video games we played and some more that we are excited that we get to play soon, then you’ve come to the right place.  Dave, Anthnoy, Wayne and other Dave, chat about all sorts of video game news this week, as well as play some awesome video game related music you don’t want to miss.

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Music:
A great selection of amazing music