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.

The Digital Ensemble – 2/25/14

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We’ve got a full house on this weeks episode of the Digital Ensemble. Join Dave, Anthony, Wayne, Dave, and Keith as they discuss a whole bunch of gaming news from this last week. News this week includes a shortage of parts for the Oculus Rift, and a fair share of Sony news including a ton of great games on sale. We also chat about the games we’ve been playing and hit you up with some great music. Thanks for stopping by and as always be sure to subscribe.

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Music:
An assortment of tracks from Gradius 2

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.

New Podcast Image

Hey guess what?  We have a new logo for the Podcast!  Check out the awesome artwork from our own Wayne that should be making it’s way to your iTunes subscription.  If you haven’t tuned in yet you can catch the show on www.waxmuseumradio.net on Tuesday nights at 11PM EST, or you subscribe to our feed through RSS or on iTunes.  If you have any questions or suggestions for the show leave us a comment below, or write in to podcast@extraguy.com.  Thanks for stopping by.

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.

Site registration is back up

Just a quick note that site registration is back online.  If you want to sign-up for an account on the site you can now do so.  There may be some more subtle changes to the form in the near future, but this will not affect anyone that signs up now or has already created an account.  Thanks for stopping by, and get with the comments since everything is back up.

A personal look at programming and game development

Yesterdays post about Gamemaker being free got me thinking about programming and game development, and I have a few thoughts I want to share.  I’ve never fully built a game, and I’m no expert in game development or even programming for that matter.  To be really good requires a lot of time and effort, and it isn’t that I don’t have the time to commit to the craft, I just have a diverse set of interests and hobbies that distract me from being really good.  I have a family, a full time job, and sometimes I just want to go home and play with the kids, or read some comics, or watch a dumb movie like Hansel and Gretel (it seriously was a dumb movie, but I enjoyed it).

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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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