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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The Digital Ensemble – 2/18/14

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Here we are with another episode of the Digital Ensemble.  Dave is off this week and your crew consists of Anthony, Wayne, and special guest Dave Wolford.  As always you can catch some great discussion about video games like Titanfall, Call of Duty, and Battlefied, as well as some awesome music.  Thanks for checking us out and be sure to subscribe.

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Music:
Airglow - Trey Frey
Further – Trey Frey
Blvck Lvng – Trey Frey
Electric - C-Jeff

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.