Fez coming to Steam on May 1st

Polytron has tweeted earlier today that Fez will be released on Steam May 1st! Fez was originally released on the Xbox 360 in April of last year. This is great news for me as I have sold off my Xbox and Fez was a real joy to play.

[q via=”polytron”]Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives.[/q]

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

Tomorrow will be the premiere of the 2 Player Production documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang exclusively on the Xbox 360, and I know this shouldn’t bother me because the following day it will be available for purchase via download and dvd, but it is the fact that the loyal fan base of Minecraft is primarily on the PC and that it wouldn’t make viewable in some sort of Pay Per View fashion online. What really got me was the tweet posted below about the Xbox premiere.

Making a documentary about an internet phenomena and then exclusively releasing it on a different platform is like having the ability to invite the entire world to a huge party, but choosing not too.

That being said I am still very excited about this film and I look forward to purchasing it on December 23rd.

via 2 Player Productions

UPDATE:

They have released the film on The Pirate Bay courtesy of the producers… That might be the coolest thing in the world. What better way to invited the entire world!

via The Verge
Download It Here

PBS Micro-Documentary about indie game creation.

 

Indie Games are a great celebration of the audio, visual, interactive media and in the past few years it has grown into a world wide phenomenon. PBS’s Off Book has put together a great video highlighting all of the amazing things that Indie Games have to offer. Exploring everything from sounds to mechanics of their games, PBS focuses on how a lean development team can move more agile in these realms compared to the major game developers who aim for a larger demographic (I like to call them Casual Hardcore Gamers, you know the people with a hardcore gamertag and only own an Xbox plus every Call of Duty). Indie games have come a long way in the last few years getting major recognition through Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, and simular platforms, as well as getting large amounts of crowd funding from services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Plus an award winning feature film Indie Game The Movie. Games have been craving more from the gaming experience and the indie game community has become hard to ignore.

via Engadget

Music Monday: Bastion OST

Taking a step away from the 8-bit stuff for a week we look at the soundtrack for popular game Bastion by Super Giant Games. I finally got around to purchasing Bastion for Xbox 360 and have been hooked! It is really amazing what these smaller game companies can produce. The art is just crazy amazing and everything fits perfectly inside of this world in look, feel, and mood. The soundtrack is very strings heavy and has a southern blues feel. You can listen to the soundtrack in its entirety over at their Bandcamp page or purchase it for $10.

Global Game Jam 2012

Over the past weekend some of us at Hashtag Nerd participated in this years Global Game Jam. An event in which a solo participant or a team builds a game based off of a given theme in 48 hours. The theme this time being the Ouroboros which is an image of a serpent or snake eating its own tail. For our submission we created a text based searching game. Involving you, the character, to search around a house to find clues to who you are and where you might be. You can download the version we entered into the Global Game Jam at this link. We are aware there are some issues with that version and our programmer is taking some time to improve and add on. We will be storing current releases at this link.

Indie Royale’s Serious Sam Lightning Pack

Game bundle site Indie Royale has launched a new series of ‘lighting packs’ to be more focused on ‘niche’ collections of PC games with a shorter time-limit to purchases.

You can purchase their first ‘lightning pack,’ the Serious Sam Lighting Pack, which includes six Serious Sam-themed games.

With only 90 hours left, the sale works like previous Indie Royale‘s bundles, the prices increases as more people buy the pack, but buyers who pay more than the current minimum can decrease the price for other purchasers.

Pick up the bundle while it lasts over at Indie Royale.