Indie Zoe: Raider of the Lost News (7 November 2013)

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Guess what, it’s Thursday at last, aka almost-Friday. Joburg has not been kind to me this week, bringing on a heatwave on the day when I had no running water. But I’m finally showered and fresh, and ready to dish out the indie news. Also, this week there’s lots of nice LOCAL indie news, so let’s check it out.

Minecon has been going on all week, showcasing some awesome speakers and all things cool in Minecraft. But it isn’t just about Minecraft. Other indies are being showcased at the event, including local games Broforce and Desktop Dungeons. We are so proud of our local guys making such headway on the international scene. Well done guys! I can’t wait to finally play Broforce, and we no longer need to wait for Desktop Dungeons. That’s right, today is the official launch. So, prepare to lose all productivity and die a lot. This thing is more addictive than Cookie Clicker.

Still in local news, Skobbejak Games has brought their Vapour: Borders of Purgatory to Greenlight. It’s an experimental horror game that I should probably play in the dark. You can check out their free prototype over at Skobbejakgames.com and give them some Greenlight support. Here is their Greenlight video:

Another local horror game also needs your support. Over on Kickstarter, Johannesburg local Christopher Bischoff is trying to raise funds for Stasis, a point and click adventure. Check out his teaser trailer:

On the international news front, it’s official – Xbox is showing some serious love for indies. Those in the [email protected] program will get the Xbox One add on for Unity at no cost. Plus, they will also get the Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses. That will definitely make the Xbox One the dream toy for up and coming indie game developers:

The Unity add-on for Xbox One supports every element of Xbox One, from Kinect to SmartGlass to the impulse triggers of the new controller. Using Unity, developers will be able to take advantage of all aspects of Xbox One, which is rad. More importantly, Unity is available for Windows and Windows Phone too (and yes, the add-on is available at no cost to developers for Windows Phone and Windows 8 store games). So from one base game, developers can ship their games across all Microsoft platforms.

I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously looking forward to December holiday when I can play games all day. No work, just play. I can’t wait. Maybe I’ll finally make a dent in my backlog. Speaking of backlogs, let’s add to it by buying more bundles! Over on Good Old Games, they are celebrating their fifth birthday. As such, they are letting you create your own charitable bundle. Pick three games from a list including FTL, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and Botanicula, pay $5 or more and the proceeds go to charity. I already told you about the Humble Bundle – although they aren’t indie games, they’re still worth picking up.

Bundle in a Box has an awesome bundle going for the strategy fans among you: if you beat the average (currently $5.29), you can get 11 games including Project Aftermath, Creeper World 2, The Trouble with Robots and Age of Conquest III. Or, you can head over to indiegala.com where they are running a Helldorado Bundle and History Bundle.

Last Updated: November 7, 2013

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. You can read more of my words over at www.borngeek.co.za, or just follow me on all the social networks to get the true range of my sarcasm and wit.

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