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Gary Varvel Lampoons Violent News MediaOr maybe it is the other way around.

With all the news media reporting on civil unrest around the world, whether it is the wars in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and more, or the street violence in the US and Central America, it might seem so surreal that it could very well be coverage of video games. In fact, the difference between real life and video game is so slight that many in the news media mistake video game footage for real life carnage.

Perhaps this is where Gary Varvel pulls his inspiration for this editorial comic in which a mother complains about her son’s video games only to learn he is watching the news.

Is this a case of art imitating life or the other way around?

Source: NewsOK

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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:

Ninja Hunt by John Bryan. Ninja Hunt is a single or multiplayer card game in which players attack each other with Ninja themed cards and dice. John is looking to bring this game to the public and is seeking to raise $500 and has raised $76 with 12 days to go.

Demon’s Hex Cross Platform Collectible Token Game by Divine Knight Gaming. This campaign is for an online collectible token game playable across web, mobile and Ouya platforms. They are seeking $10,000 and have raised $116 with 8 days left.

That’s it for this week. I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of these and any new ones that pop up.

Run Frosty run: Summer Is ComingThe Oklahoma heat is growing increasingly unbearable. With heat indexes 10+ degrees over the actual 95+ degree temperature, people are looking for all kinds of ways to keep cool. Many seek shade. Others seek the cool comfort of air conditioning. Still others seek a cool refreshing beverage. Yet there is one thing all these people are missing, a game about a snowman trying to escape the summer melt.

Oklahoma based Winter Stories Studio, a name already bringing on the cold, has finally released its infinite runner starring a group of snowpeople seeking shelter from the coming melt. Like many other infinite runners out there, the goal of the game is to keep running without hitting an obstacle or falling off a cliff. As you run, you collect snowflakes that are used to purchase a variety of unlockables. Continue Reading

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:

Fully Funded:

Dystopica: Anthology and Soundtrack by RubberGardener. This anthology of comic short stories comes complete with a soundtrack to match the theme. To get the book printed, RubberGardener is looking to raise $600 and are fully funded with $658 raised.

Currently Funding:

Ninja Hunt by John Bryan. Ninja Hunt is a single or multiplayer card game in which players attack each other with Ninja themed cards and dice. John is looking to bring this game to the public and is seeking to raise $500 and has raised $76 with 19 days to go.

Demon’s Hex Cross Platform Collectible Token Game by Divine Knight Gaming. This campaign is for an online collectible token game playable across web, mobile and Ouya platforms. They are seeking $10,000 and have raised $116 with 15 days left.

That’s it for this week. I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of these and any new ones that pop up.

Luke Simkins, Co-Founder of Goldfire StudiosLaunchOklahoma, a venture accelerator based in Oklahoma City, has brought Goldfire Studios co-founder Luke Simkins in as an alumni mentor. Luke joins James Simpson, fellow Goldfire founder, along with a number of other professionals from various industries in Oklahoma including PiyushPatel, founder of Digital Tutors.

Luke is an alumni of our first graduating class in 2012 and CTO of GoldFire Studios, a web-based game development company in Oklahoma City.

Luke is co-creator of CasinoRPG, a realtime massively-multiplayer game with tens of thousands of players from over 50 countries across the world. He is also a co-founder of Oklahoma Game Developers, an organization focused on cultivating the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of game creators in Oklahoma.

For those who don’t know, Luke and James worked with LaunchOklahoma, at the time known as VentureSpur, during the time leading up to their Kickstarter for Casino RPG and for a while after. The Goldfire duo hold a lot of respect for LaunchOklahoma and the service they perform.

As a member of LaunchOklahoma’s only game company to participate, we will be interested in seeing what Luke and James’ influence will have on the companies that seek LaunchOklahoma’s services and help. They have certainly done a lot for the local games industry through the organization of the game developer meetups in OKC.

Run Frosty run: Summer Is Coming

Early this morning, Winter Stories posted an image on their Twitter account showing that their latest game, Run Frosty Run, has been submitted to Apple for review. This is one of the final steps after the game’s 3 month long production. In a blog post, Winter Stories founder, Mike expresses how this step can be an unsettling prospect for any developer.

its been a little while since i updated you guys on the workings of my life as an indie dev so i figured why not do it right now?! i mean i could press submit and send the game i’ve been working on 8-14 hours a day on for the last 3 months off to iTunes for review…. but the bit of my brain that controls the fear of rejection says lets hold off as LONG AS POSSIBLE!!

i guess i need to stop slacking and just click that submit button for Run Frosty Run. Thanks for giving me a few minutes to distract myself. i’ll of course let you all know as soon as i figure out if its been approved or not and if your dying for more information about the final bits of Run Frosty Run head on over to our other blog ( HERE ) and check it out!

And over on their other development blog:

Alright!!!! its finally here. after weeks of testing, fixing bugs and then testing again i’m finally ready to click submit on the iTunes store…( i use ready loosely because its a completely terrifying process of waiting 2 weeks for a complete and total stranger to judge my game all gladiator thumbs up or down style. )

We agree that having some faceless entity make a judgement call on your game while making you squirm for 2 weeks straight is an unsettling experience. Especially when your options in the case of a rejection are severely limited. However, we feel confident that Run Frosty Run will be able to make it through the review process just fine.

So in support of Winter Stories, we have two final promo codes to give away. Same drill as before. The first person to redeem these successfully gets the games.

The Pale One HD edition (recommended for iPads of iPhone 5 +): The hint for this one is the name of the raccoon in the “Over the Hedge” comic strip and movie.

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Pull! Skeet Shooting: The hint for this one is the key computer programs want you to press but does not exist on your keyboard.

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As always, if you get these codes, let us know here, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. And get yourself a copy of Run Frosty Run when it releases.

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.

We have some new campaigns this week. We are really excited.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Fully Funded:

Seven Sons by Michael Lovell. A table top game based in a fantasy feudal Japan. The game is being designed in conjunction with Michael and his partners’ work in their degree at Oklahoma Christian University. He is seeking $2,000 and is fully funded with $2,011 raised.

New Campaigns:

Ninja Hunt by John Bryan. Ninja Hunt is a single or multiplayer card game in which players attack each other with Ninja themed cards and dice. John is looking to bring this game to the public and is seeking to raise $500 and has raised $60 with 26 days to go.

Fully Funded With Time Left:

Dystopica: Anthology and Soundtrack by RubberGardener. This anthology of comic short stories comes complete with a soundtrack to match the theme. To get the book printed, RubberGardener is looking to raise $600 and are fully funded with $633 raised and 6 days left.

Currently Funding:

Demon’s Hex Cross Platform Collectible Token Game by Divine Knight Gaming. This campaign is for an online collectible token game playable across web, mobile and Ouya platforms. They are seeking $10,000 and have raised $100 with 23 days left.

That’s it for this week. I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of these and any new ones that pop up.

Demon's Hex by Divine Knight GamingYesterday, Divine Knight Gaming launched the Kickstarter campaign for their long awaited game, Demon’s Hex. According to the Kickstarter, the game will be a cross platform online collectible token game with asynchronous multiplayer. Demon’s Hex will be releasing on the Web, mobile devices and the Ouya console.

Divine Knight is looking to raise $10,000 to further fund the development of the game, providing music and server costs. This will also qualify them for the Ouya matching fund through the Free the Games Fund that Ouya has set up.

While the game has a ways to go to be fully playable, they have released a playable prototype of the Demon’s Hex which can be played on their website.

Among the features that have yet to be added, is a single player RPG story mode. According to Divine Knight, the story mode will resemble in many respects their recent One Game a Month game, Alex’s Meadow RPG.

We will be watching the Kickstarter closely and keeping you updated as new developments arise. We will also begin a new program in which we will feature the Kickstarter and/or IndieGogo status boxes in our side bar to help further expose games that we find.

Full Disclosure: I am the Lead Developer of Divine Knight Gaming.

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.

We have some new campaigns this week. We are really excited.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Fully Funded:

Illustrated Girl by Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett. This campaign will launch a new comic book series about a girl with the ability to draw objects onto her skin and have them come to life. They are seeking $3,300 to launch their first issue and are fully funded with $8,760 raised.

New Campaigns:

Demon’s Hex Cross Platform Collectible Token Game by Divine Knight Gaming. This campaign is for an online collectible token game playable across web, mobile and Ouya platforms. They are seeking $10,000 and launched just this morning. They have 29 days left.

Fully Funded With Time Left:

Dystopica: Anthology and Soundtrack by RubberGardener. This anthology of comic short stories comes complete with a soundtrack to match the theme. To get the book printed, RubberGardener is looking to raise $600 and are fully funded with $613 raised and 13 days left.

Currently Funding:

Seven Sons by Michael Lovell. A table top game based in a fantasy feudal Japan. The game is being designed in conjunction with Michael and his partners’ work in their degree at Oklahoma Christian University. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $835 with less than 2 days left.

That’s it for this week. I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of these and any new ones that pop up.

Late last week, Winter Stories Studio launched the trailer for their next mobile game, Run Frosty Run. This endless runner stars a snowman sliding down the snow covered mountain side, dodging trees, cliffs and other obstacles. All in the name of collecting snowflakes. What do you do with those snowflakes? Buy awesome new hats, of course.

I got the chance to see more of this game in action this past Thursday at the OK Game Developer Meetup. It looks amazing. Each snowman has a unique look and personality and the customizable hats are a lot of fun ranging from fedoras and fezzes to quailman and traffic cones.

Leading up to the release of this game, Winter Stories is partnering with Oklahoma Game Development to give away promo codes for their other games, Pale One, Pale One HD, and Pull!, for the iOS. We have two codes for each game and will be giving one or more away each day this week. So watch our Facebook Group, Twitter, Google+ and this site for your chance to win. Continue Reading