crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Funding Closed:

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He fell short of his $2,000 goal but managed to raise $1,702 under flexible funding.

Funding Failed:

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom failed to reach his $1,000 goal having only raised $107.

Currently Funding:

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $382 with 6 days left.

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8.000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $12,032 with 13 days to go.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

Wizard World Comic Con was just a couple of weeks ago. At the Con was a great game development panel hosted by Bonozo’s Matt Harmon. On that panel were Roger Mailler, Professor of Video Games University of Tulsa, Brandon Pollet, F5 Games, Brady Wright and Rayna Behl, Above and Beyond Software/Tekton Games, Ross Pinkstaff, Picardy Third Entertainment, and Tony Miller, Nintendo Okie.

There is a lot of great advice in this panel discussion. There are also two game trailers near the beginning. The first trailer is for Tekton Games’ new game Headroom. The Second is for F5 Games’ The Hunted.

Disclaimer: Matt Harmon and Bonozo Apps have made two small financial donations to OKGameDev.com

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Currently Funding:

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $1,102 with about 3 days left.

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom is looking for $1,000 to finish the game and has raised $107 with about 2 days left.

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $151 with 13 days left.

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8.000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $1,932 with 20 days to go.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

In A Window by Picardy Third EntertainmentPuzzle platformers are pretty much a dime a dozen these days. This is a fact that Picardy Third Entertainment recognizes with the subtitle to their great little puzzle platformer In A Window: Just Another Insignificant Puzzle Platformer.

The game has a simple premise, get the robot to the red button and back to the door. However, things aren’t really that easy. That is where the games clever puzzles come in.

There are a variety of puzzles in the game ranging from simple jumping over obstacles to dodging robots. However, the puzzles are designed in such a way that players are often required to think outside the box, sometimes literally.

In A Window GameplayBecause of this, you are often left wondering if you have missed something. You will spend a lot of time experimenting with a lot of what you learned in previous levels often with little success. While the little robot you control will give hints from time to time, you cannot always rely on a hint being given to you right away.

Overall, I had a lot of fun experimenting and struggling to find the solutions to the game’s 21 levels. For some, the answers came quickly, for others, I spent many lives and a lot of time trying to figure them out. Overall, I killed the poor robot 72 times by the end.

Overall, you shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes to an hour playing the game to completion. But boy is it satisfying. These are the kinds of fun and quirky style of games that really make me enjoy gaming. I look forward to seeing what else Picardy Third has coming down the pipeline.

So if you are interested, the game is free to play with a pay what you want option for it. I highly recommend paying a few dollars for the game just to support this kind of creativity.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

New Campaigns:

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8.000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $1,573 with 27 days to go.

Successfully Funded:

Illustrated Girl #2 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Illustrated Girl #2 is the follow up to Compton/Bennett’s earlier successful crowdfunding of the first issue of Illustrated Girl, a comic following the life of a girl who brings drawings on her skin to life. They were successfully funded with $3,818 raised.

Funding Canceled:

Nadir’s Zenith #4 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Nadir’s Zenith follows mankind in its journey through space after abandoning earth after economic and ecological disasters. Funding was canceled with only $813 raised of their $5,000 goal.

Funding Unsuccessful:

The Forgetti Yetti by Matt Martin. Forgetti Yetti is a children’s book about a Yetti with a tendency to forget things in his life who goes on a adventure around the world. This was unsuccessful having only raised $460 of their $4,500 goal.

Currently Funding:

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $1,027 with 10 days left.

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom is looking for $1,000 to finish the game and has raised $87 with 9 days left.

Realm by Will Alley. A Medieval RPG which includes some strategy elements. Will is looking to raise $800 and has 39 days left.

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $70 with 20 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

New Campaigns:

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $45 with 27 days left.

Currently Funding:

Illustrated Girl #2 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Illustrated Girl #2 is the follow up to Compton/Bennett’s earlier successful crowdfunding of the first issue of Illustrated Girl, a comic following the life of a girl who brings drawings on her skin to life. They are seeking $3,300 to fund the printing of the comic and have raised $2,796 with 6 days left.

Nadir’s Zenith #4 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Nadir’s Zenith follows mankind in its journey through space after abandoning earth after economic and ecological disasters. They are seeking $5,000 to fund printing of this issue and have raised $777 with 6 days left.

The Forgetti Yetti by Matt Martin. Forgetti Yetti is a children’s book about a Yetti with a tendency to forget things in his life who goes on a adventure around the world. Matt is seeking $4,500 to fund printing of the book and has raised $640 with 6 days left.

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $967 with 17 days left.

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom is looking for $1,000 to finish the game and has raised $31 with 16 days left.

Realm by Will Alley. A Medieval RPG which includes some strategy elements. Will is looking to raise $800 and has 46 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

New Campaigns:

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom is looking for $1,000 to finish the game and has raised $30 with 23 days left.

Realm by Will Alley. A Medieval RPG which includes some strategy elements. Will is looking to raise $800 and has 53 days left.

Funding Canceled:

Zombee Ninja by Zombee Games. Zombee Ninja is a mobile game about a bee infected by a zombie ninja virus. Zombee Ninja was canceled this past week after not gaining the support they were seeking.

Currently Funding:

Illustrated Girl #2 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Illustrated Girl #2 is the follow up to Compton/Bennett’s earlier successful crowdfunding of the first issue of Illustrated Girl, a comic following the life of a girl who brings drawings on her skin to life. They are seeking $3,300 to fund the printing of the comic and have raised $2,341 with 13 days left.

Nadir’s Zenith #4 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Nadir’s Zenith follows mankind in its journey through space after abandoning earth after economic and ecological disasters. They are seeking $5,000 to fund printing of this issue and have raised $762 with 13 days left.

The Forgetti Yetti by Matt Martin. Forgetti Yetti is a children’s book about a Yetti with a tendency to forget things in his life who goes on a adventure around the world. Matt is seeking $4,500 to fund printing of the book and has raised $550 with 13 days left.

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $967 with 24 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

From Soy SauceOklahoma has its first official WiiU developer as of today. In an update posted to Facebook, From Soy Sauce co-founder Kevin Higuchi posted the news that Nintendo called to let them know they were accepted to develop for the WiiU.

Alright guys, believe it or not but our company, FromSoySauce, has officially been given the rights to develop games for Wii U by Nintendo…WHAT!?!? No, Seriously, Nintendo called me 5 minutes before my class to tell me they’d love to have FromSoySauce develop games for the Wii U. Thank you for all your support up to this point guys!!!!! Time to literally step up our games!!!!!

Later, Saijee Higuchi added:

My little dev team, From Soy Sauce has gotten the approval from NINTENDO to make Wii U Games! 15 years ago there was a boy, whom if you’d ask what he wanted to do, he would only give 1 answer: “Make Nintendo Games.”
…. CHILDHOOD ACCOMPLISHED!!! And I don’t even have a degree.

They submitted their request a couple of months ago when Nintendo sent out a request for developer applications. Needless to say, they are excited to learn their application was accepted.

The first game they plan to release on the WiiU is their current project, Touhou Super Smash Battles. It is currently being developed using Unity3D and thanks to a partnership between Nintendo and Unity, FSS will have an easy time porting it to the console.

FSS plans on releasing an official trailer for Touhou Super Smash in January.

Harassment in Games by Extra Credits

The last couple of months have really had me thinking about the harassment that happens around games and the gaming industry. Some of these campaigns get really disgusting and scary. It has gotten so bad, that not speaking out about the harassment can be seen as being complicit in it. I can’t let that happen in my case.

Last year, I wrote a brief editorial condemning such harassment campaigns. I mentioned specifically a few well known ones, such as the harassment of Anita Sarkeesian and Phil Fish. That editorial and the condemning of harassment still applies. But recent controversy over supposed games journalistic ethics brought to public attention by the GamerGate community has led to all new and very public harassment campaigns.

Much of this started with a harassment campaign started by the jilted ex-lover of game developer Zoe Quinn. Her former boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, decided to publicly shame Zoe and in the process posted what led many gamers to believe that she partook in some unethical activities to get positive press for her game, Depression Quest. Many gamers took this as gospel and used it as the catalyst for harassing her and several journalists associated with her. This campaign included doxxing, or publicly disclosing personal information such as address and phone number, as well as death and rape threats. All this because of the word of her a jilted ex-boyfriend. Think about that for a minute while I move on.

There has been a number of similar campaigns with other people in the games industry. The problem is particularly harsh when it comes to women in the industry. Other examples include further harassment of Anita Sarkeesian, which resulted in her canceling a speaking event at Utah State University, game developer Brianna Wu who was so scared of the threats she was forced to leave her home along with her family. Why? Because they spoke out on an issue that some gamers can’t seem to handle, the fact that women play games and would like more game that suit their tastes.

Of course it is not just targets of GamerGate that are harassed. I have seen some harassment targeted at supporters of GamerGate, particularly Milo Yiannopoulos. He was recently sent an unlabled syringe with the likely intention that he should shoot himself up with whatever the contents were.

Setting aside GamerGate related harassment for a moment, another form of harassment that is particularly disgusting and particularly deadly, is the rise of SWATting, or calling police and telling them there is an active shooter at a residence or business. Why is this dangerous and disgusting? Because this action can result in the death of innocent people. This particular action is essentially attempted murder. If you do not believe me, do some Google searching for deadly SWAT raids. The SWAT has been heavily overused in recent years and has resulted in a number of wrong door raids that end with the resident or officers killed in the action. Is that really the kind of result you are willing to accept if you call the SWAT on someone as a “prank”? Do you truly and honestly think that attempted murder is funny?

But what really troubles me, beyond the campaigns themselves, is the apologists who excuse the behavior of those who are doing the harassment. These people play lip service to the idea that harassment is wrong, but then immediately start ranting about how the target somehow deserved it because they hold a different opinion than their own. Or perhaps they dismiss the harassment of someone they don’t like because they heard that someone they like was also harassed. Kind of like an eye for an eye type scenario. Other justifications simply include the idea that these harassing comments and actions are merely empty, there is no intention of following through with them. This attitude is sometimes supported by mentioning the harassment campaigns against video game detractors like Jack Thompson and Leland Yee. The problem with this line of thinking is that no one other than the person doing the harassing knows this for sure if the threats are real or not. Which means the target must assume that the threats are real.

I am lucky that no one in the community of game developers, gamers and other industry folk I associate with have been on either end of such harassment. Unfortunately, others cannot say the same. Perhaps it is because my associations are with people who are relatively low key in the overall scheme of things. Most of the harassment I have seen is against people who are in the public eye, either by choice or the actions of someone else. Which is sad really. Such action against public figures has a chilling effect on others forcing them to avoid anything that would put a public spotlight, or target sight, on them. Is that really what we want, a games industry filled with people who don’t want to make waves and affect the industry?

Which I guess is kind of the point. The ultimate goal of those doing the harassing and those complicit in it, is the silencing of voices they don’t support. They don’t like what someone says, or what they think someone says. Instead of responding to speech they don’t like with more speech, they resort to bullying and threats. In reality, this is the last bastion of those who know they have no valid response. They know that no matter what they say or do, they are wrong. So they lash out and pretend that doing so justifies their position. If they can silence a critic or a voice of reason, they can safely hold firm to their outdated beliefs for just a little longer. They can enjoy their close-mindedness without worry of being exposed for the shallowness of it all. It is all about joy in ignorance. They simply can’t stand for someone trying to take away their bliss. So they lash out.

I am speaking out about harassment and firmly planting my feet on the side of ending it. It is counter productive and ultimately destructive to the gaming community and the industry as a whole. I don’t care who you are, what you believe or what your grievance is with the person you disagree with, harassing and threatening them is not the answer. So to those who are doing the harassing, Stop It. To those who are complicit in it, Stand up against it.

I will have more to say on other aspects of GamerGate and related topics at a later time.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

New Campaigns:

Zombee Ninja by Zombee Games. Zombee Ninja is a mobile game about a bee infected by a zombie ninja virus. Zombee Games is seeking $10,000 to fund development of the game and has 23 days left to go.

Failed Campaigns:

All Hands On Deck by Salamander Games. All Hands On Deck is a pirate themed card game for 2-4 players. Players bid to hire a full ship crew before their opponents do. All Hands On Deck failed to meet its funding goal this week having only raised $7,171 of its $11,000 goal.

Currently Funding:

Illustrated Girl #2 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Illustrated Girl #2 is the follow up to Compton/Bennett’s earlier successful crowdfunding of the first issue of Illustrated Girl, a comic following the life of a girl who brings drawings on her skin to life. They are seeking $3,300 to fund the printing of the comic and have raised $1,404 with 20 days left.

Nadir’s Zenith #4 by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. Nadir’s Zenith follows mankind in its journey through space after abandoning earth after economic and ecological disasters. They are seeking $5,000 to fund printing of this issue and have raised $672 with 20 days left.

The Forgetti Yetti by Matt Martin. Forgetti Yetti is a children’s book about a Yetti with a tendency to forget things in his life who goes on a adventure around the world. Matt is seeking $4,500 to fund printing of the book and has raised $400 with 20 days left.

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $965 with 31 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.