Monday
Mar022015

Unreal Engine 4 now free for developers

Unreal Engine 4, which used to have a $20 monthly subscription fee, is now completely free to develop on.  Straight from the website: 

Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free, and all future updates will be free!

You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.

Unreal is a gaming engine.  This is the same engine used in popular titles such as the new release of XCOM, Unreal Tournament 3, Thief, Smite, Gears of War, and Bioshiock.  The full list can be found on this wikipedia article.  The engine has been expanded to include almost every platform available today.  This is especially awesome for aspiring Indie Developers, as there's no longer even a monthly subscription barrier to develop using Unreal Engine.  Now, Epic Games (Unreal's developer) only wins if you win.  You can freely develop to your heart's content, and only pay licensing if you're actually making money.  Hopefully, this allows the Indie channel to open up even more while allowing students and anyone curious to try developing for free.

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Friday
Feb272015

BEDLAM Developer Announces Partnership with Versus Evil

Now for those who don't know BEDLAM is one of the many successfully digital games that have made it through Kickstarter and successfully were funded. Now in an effort to help get the game a further reach they are teaming up with Versus Evil, a publishing group that has previously helped get Banner Saga published, and they are already working on get Banner Saga 2 published as well.

So congrats to the team, and I really can't wait to see what my money I threw into the pot will get me. I'm hoping for something incredibly awesome, and something that I will no doubt talk up to all you wonderful viewers, readers, fans, etc.

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Friday
Feb272015

RIP Mister Spock, AKA Leonard Nimoy

It is a sad day in any galaxy or universe that might be out there, the great Mr. Spock, the Vulcan that was able to pull Capt. Kirk's ass out of the fire so many times has passed. Now before people start getting fussy about the fact that this was just one of the many characters that the actor, Leonard Nimoy, portrayed, I know that, but to me he will always be Spock, and nothing else. Well maybe a singer on potentially acid, but mostly Spock.

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Friday
Feb272015

The Last Tinker Comes to Mac

Finally the game that most have called a hark back to Jak and Daxter and a sprinkle of Banjo Kazooie, The Last Tinker: City of Colors, is now available for the Mac. Relive or play for the first the adventures of Koru as you try to return color to the world. The game is currently priced at $21.99, and you can pick it up through the Mac App Store.

The Last Tinker: City of Colors is a 3D Action Adventure that harkens back to classics like Banjo Kazooie or Jak and Daxter. You will explore a bright and colorful world that is brimming with quirky creatures and amazing places. Tinkerworld used to be one, but tensions between citizens split the land into four varied district, each with its unique color scheme, peculiar inhabitants and unique gameplay challenges.
 
Guiding you through the City of Colors is the tale of Koru, a young kid with special talents, who must save his hometown from the destructive Bleakness and its people from themselves. Thrilling parcours gameplay, fast paced combat, color themed puzzles, a captivating story and small delights hidden in every corner will satisfy all your adventurous desires.

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Friday
Feb272015

MADFINGER Games Announces New Zombie Shooter

MADFINGER games continues their growing trend of releasing zombie shooter games, this time you shall go after zombies in a game called UNKILLED. This time the action takes place on the streets of New York City, where a strange zombie virus has gripped the city. Have no fear, there will be many weapons and upgrades to help you survive this June 2015 for mobile devices.

For those who think that the name MADFINGER games sounds familiar, look no further than their hit game, Dead Trigger 2. Now I know what you must be asking yourself, what could be different, well this time its more about the story, and its all concentrated, as of now, in the NYC. Another game to sink your teeth into from this group is ShadowGun.

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