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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.

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.

Fez coming soon to Playstation devices

Fez will soon be making it’s way to the Playstation Network as part of the Spring Fever 2014 promotion.  The game will be available on March 25th for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita for $12.99.  If you purchase the game the first week it is available and you are a Playstation Plus subscriber you can get it on sale for $9.99.

It is essentially the same game as what was released on the Xbox and PC, but the PS4 version of the game does have a couple of notable improvements like 1080p support at 60fps.  In a Playstation blog post they also state that “DualShock 4’s lightbar has been put to the task of bringing a little bit of Fez’s world into your own home” which sounds pretty interesting to me.

The game is cross-buy and has cross-save support, which is pretty awesome because you will be able to play on your PS4/PS3, and then pick up your progress on the go with your Vita.  I hope this continues to be the trend and we see more titles with cross platform support like this.

Steam Family Sharing now available for everyone

Although there has been a beta available for Steam Family Sharing since late last year, the program is now available to all Steam users.  Essentially the service allows you to share you Steam library with friends and family, which is pretty amazing.  Up to ten devices can be authorized for Family Sharing, and up to five accounts can then access the games in your library.  Only one person is able to play a game at a given time, and not all games are available, but it is still a huge step for digital rights and ownership.  There is a FAQ which you can go read here that answers additional questions regarding things like DLC and region restrictions that you should probably check out.

Plague Inc. Evolved available on steam

Originally released on the iPad in 2012, Plague Inc. Evolved is the follow up to the incredibly successful portable title. The game is currently available for Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux for $14.99. The core features are pretty close to what is available in the iPad and Android versions of the game, but they are planning to add some really cool new features like pre-built scenarios, and a multiplayer feature. If you have any interest in strategy or simulation games, it is definitely worth your time to go check it out.

EvilQuest now available on Steam

For those not familiar with EvilQuest, it is an action RPG that released on XBLIG in 2012.  Unlike similar titles in the genre, your goal with the game is not to become the Hero and save the world, but rather take on the role of the Villain and conquer it. Anthony was a fan of the 2012 release and now you can pick the game up for the very low price of $1.99 on PC through Steam.  Featuring improvements and other new features like achievements, the title is easily worth your time and money, so go check it out.

Super Chibi Knight is a Kickstarter worth checking out

If you haven’t already had the chance to check out Super Chibi Knight, I recommend you take a few minutes and head over to their Kickstarter page and see what the game is all about.  It’s a 2D action RPG with a colorful art style and tons of content, and is a direct sequel to the web based Chibi Knight.  It is being developed by Nick Pasto, the programmer behind the amazing Abobo’s Big Adventure, and his 9 yr old daughter Bella.

The story behind the game is awesome, and I hope that I can get my own children interested and involved in game development some day.  His daughter is helping with art and playtesting, as well as doing the voicework for the main character.  Right now the game is scheduled for release this summer on PC, Mac, and Linux.  You can support the project by donating over on Kickstarter, and by voting for it on Steam Greenlight.

GameMaker Studio FREE for a limited time

Interested in building video games?  Well you are in luck because the Studio version of GameMaker, which normally goes for $49, is currently being offered for free.  This is a pretty awesome deal because GameMaker is quite an  impressive development environment. Although there is always a free version of the program, the limitations with it pretty much require you to purchase the upgrade if you actually want to develop a game.

They are also offering a $35 upgrade from Studio to Pro which normally costs $99 on it’s own.  Pro allows you to purchase additional exports for platforms like iOS and Android which could be worthwhile if you are planning on a multi-platform title.  If you are at all interested in game design and development, this is a great deal you shouldn’t pass up.  You can read more on the GameMaker Blog, but the deal ends March 2nd so get it while you can.

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Kickstarter ending soon for Classroom Aquatic

We briefly mentioned Classroom Aquatic on a recent episode of the Digital Ensemble and it turns out the developers are currently looking for funding to turn their project into a full game.  Described on their Kickstarter page as “The world’s first underwater Stealth/Trivia cheat-’em-up!” they definitely have an interesting concept that I haven’t seen before in a game.  There is a demo for the title on their website that you can download with or without Oculus Rift support, and you can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.  The Kickstarter has a little less than two weeks to go so if you are interested in helping an innovative and unique title get made, head on over and show your support.

Stick it to the Man/Guacamelee Contest


Interested in winning copies of Stick it to the Man for PSN or Guacamelee! on Steam? Well then check us out on Twitter for additional details. We will be posting official entry rules later today on our Twitter and giving away multiple copies of both games.