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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 13 Dec 2023, 12:03

And a new project reveal from my good old colleagues and friends back from the Knapnok days. Now Half Past Yellow!

Spectacle is their new project with a trailer and a Steam page. A first person puzzle game about solving puzzles wearing some fancy puzzle solving spectacles.

Best of luck with the project! team! :D



Spectacle - Announcement Trailer

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E3 shots down forever. RIP!


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 14 Dec 2023, 11:08

OMSÆTNING OG EKSPORT STEG I 2022
De foreløbige tal for danske indholdsproducenter viser en samlet omsætning i 2022 på 9,5 mia. kr. Det er en stigning på godt 1 mia. kr. i forhold til 2021, og stigningen er primært drevet af spilbranchen. Producentforeningen fremlægger de foreløbige tal fra den årlige undersøgelse Danske Indholdsproducenter.
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CG Society is shutting down after 2 decades. 8O

That was a good long run! In the end it looks like they were outcompeted by Artstation. A format they later tried to mimic to less success. But good run! Not every website makes it to 20+ years.. Besides spiludvikling.dk ;)

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 14 Dec 2023, 21:22

Another big OUCH in the Danish games industry!!
Rumors saying that 50% of staff at Slipgate Ironworks / 3D Realms will be laid off.

>Locally< it might not be 'that bad' in terms of numbers of layoffs. As the company is known for having a large number international staff working remotely.
But we will see! Guessing it might depend highly on which project people are working on. And the least promising projects might get culled more than others.
Regardless of location it always sucks getting let go! Especially in this climate where a lot of companies has been laying off people around the world.
Finding a job in the industry will be challenging for all. Also starting a business will be extra challenging, more people competing for less money. But I hope we will see some daring startups as a result of this. That's the best I always hope for! And there should be quite a talent pool of good people working there who might take the jump.

Best of luck to everybody affected!

Slipgate Ironworks is officially listed with 55 employees. 3D Reals Entertainment with 13.





Update:
Just summing up 2023 so far.... It's bad! :| :cry:

- Crey - Bankrupt
- Umami - Bankrupt
- Kiloo (Games part) - Closed
- Reto-moto - Closed
- Movie Star Planet - Cut approx. half of staff.
- Campfire Cabal - Significant layoffs. Still sticky situation where the company tries to battle for survival for the immediate future.
- Triple Topping Games - Bankrupt
- Slipgate Ironworks / 3D Realms (Rumored 50% layoffs)
- Tacticle - No big layoff rounds just yet. But seemingly more of a slow paced restructuring of the company

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 20 Dec 2023, 00:34

Some of the the latest in computer graphics research. Wild stuff! As usual from Two Minute Papers.


Mainly for the small pixel art indie. Aseprite 1.3 is out

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 21 Dec 2023, 18:05

So Biodome Games has now fully revealed their new project in the Chase Ace series with a Steampage.

Chase Ace Sole Survivor

Hehe they teased the title a little while back, heavily obscured, and with a bit of imagination and tracing the teaser image I did figure out the title. Confirmed by Peter Holm at the Spilhuset xmas party last friday. ;)

But awesome! Looking forward to giving the game spin! :D

Wishlist and such things!


First preview trailer. Has the obscured title at the end.

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DK Project spotting!

CORR from Go Go Galago Games in Grenaa. Looking pretty cool! :D




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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 23 Dec 2023, 14:27

Itch Demo of Dead Faces from Aza Game Studio is out!
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COCOON and Deep Rock Galactic nominated for The 2023 Steam Awards.

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Clones Aren't Killing Gaming - They're Saving It



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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 02 Jan 2024, 20:48

Free Unreal stuff for January 2024. Also a Danish artist is featured here, Rasmus Bagner, with the 'Ithris Cemetery assets'. Very cool stuff!



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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 04 Jan 2024, 10:03

Sadly another round of layoffs has hit Slipgate Ironworks / 3D Realms.
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To quote a former employee. 'There is not a lot of people left'

Really sad to hear! 😥
I hope they will rise again!

And absolutely best of luck to everybody affected!

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@Neogy Posted this on the Discord!
Copenhagen Gaming Week: Game Developer Talks

Come and hear awesome talks from experts from the gaming sector at Bella Center January the 12th from 16:30 to approximately 19:00

Hear talks from
Søren Gleie of Trophy Games talking about IPO (question mark)!
Esben Kjær from Kong Ornage talking about The business of Roblox,
Tim Garbos from Triband talking about How do you design funny?
Helena from GameSwing talking about Working with a AAA publisher

Along with many more.

There will be talks about production, programming and tech, finance as well as art and design.

Also using the link below you will get 50% off the Friday ticket price. https://shorturl.at/otLQR

Come listen, talk and mingle!

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AUD 10:
- 16.30-16.50: Klaus Pedersen ​ (Bedtime Digital Games)
- 16.55-17.15: Mike ​ (Ghost Ship Games)
- 17.20-17.40: Tim Garbos ​ (Triband)
- 17.45-18.05: Max ​ (Silkroad Studios)
- 18.10-18.30: Benjamin ​ (Hutlihut Games)

AUD 11:
- 16.30-16.50: Søren Gleie ​ (Trophy Games)
- 16.55-17.15: Esben Kjær ​ (Kong Orange)
- 17.20-17.40: Teis Mikkelsen ​ (Multiscription)
- 17.45-18.05: Panel with
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Dino Patti ​ (JUMPSHIP)
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Hans Von Knut ​ (PortaPlay)
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Søren Lundgaard ​ ​ (Ghost Ship Games)
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Johan Toresson ​ (Raw Fury)
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ - Moderated by Robert Jønsson ​ (DAHL)
- 18.10-18.30: Helena Sokol ​ (Game Swing)
- 18.35-18.55: Jacob Honore ​ (Playwood Project)

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 06 Jan 2024, 11:55

Awww cute! Star Wars takes on Bowser. (5 years old I guess... better late than never)


Oh and even more game characters included

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 07 Jan 2024, 11:34

Good news for Core Decay!
So at least one of the projects in the wake of Slipgate Ironworks / 3DRealms getting 'embracered' will live on.

Not sure if any of the Danish team working on the game will continue doing so, not counting on it though. Afterall I think they were employed by Slipgate. But at least the game will stand a chance of releasing. :) I think the majority of the game was developed as a solo project by Ivar Hill. Seems like it is in good hands.




Let's hope more projects from the studio will see a chance of releasing.
Some of their projects might end up in 'endless early access' and others (even more sadly) might never release.

EA Projects like:
- Graven (Slipgate project) - Potential endless EA. Also very long EA to mixed reviews. Estimating very low chances of exiting EA.
UPDATE! WHOOOPSIE! It's been officially announced that Graven leaves Early Access January 23rd 2024. According to 3DRealms FB post.
- Ripout (Pet Project Games) seems to be on going as they were only using 3DRealms as publisher. Fair chance of continuation.
- Wrath: Aeon of Ruin (KillPixel) has been in Early Access for a long time. Let's see of the developer manages to pull through.
Update on Wrath/KillPixel: Their Twitter profile states "Creator/Former Developer of WRATH: Aeon of Ruin". So guess it's safe to say the project will not make it out of EA. https://twitter.com/KillPixelGames
Update 2 on Wrath.. kind of contractionary. But spotted a recent FB post from 3DRealms that Wrath will also be released in 2024. Odd that the developers lists themselves as former developers then?! Not sure what's going on there.
But in general it seems like 3DRealms are trying to ship as much as possible to make bank, to save as much as they can given the unfortunate situation.


Super sadly the unreleased Slipgate Ironworks titles might not stand the best chances of ever getting released. But hoping that they do somewhere in the future. Fingers crossed!

- Tempest Rising (Very strong wishlist)
- Phatom Fury (Strong wishlist)
- Combustion (Low/medium wishlist)
- Warpaws (Low/medium wishlist)
- 'Really big unannounced project based on cult movie franchise'

- Twisted Tower (Atmos Games) - Developed by one man army Thomas Brush published by 3DRealms. I take it that it stands good chances of seeing the light of day. :)

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UNF Game Development Camp 2024
Tilmeldingen til Game Development Camp er åben!! Vi glæder os til at se dig!

Game Development Camp 2024 kommer til at være på Cassiopeia, Aalborg Universitet (Selma lagerløfs vej 300, 9220 Aalborg Ø) og foregår fra den 11. juli - 19. juli.

På Game Development Camp får du muligheden for at udvikle et computerspil, sammen med en gruppe. Du vælger en af de 4 faggrupper, programmering, 3D, 2D og lyd, som du så får undervisning i, så du er godt klædt på til at lave et spil. Det er ikke et krav at du har arbejdet med hverken programmering, 3D, 2D eller lyd før, for at kunne være med, da vi underviser i alt fra bunden!

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Thomas Brush and Choo-Choo Charles developer Gavin Eisenbeisz having a chat.

How This Game Dev Got 100 Million Views In 1 Day

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Thursday, January 18
Producing Work #2: A holistic approach to audio and sound management
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Gameyard Aarhus Fridaybar #006
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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 09 Jan 2024, 09:40

So sadly this has almost become a routine by now. Not sure how many might be affected in Copenhagen. But with that amount it is likely to not be completely insignificant. Best of luck to everybody affected!

Unity fires 25% of their workforce. 1800 jobs in company reset.

https://www.reuters.com/technology/unit ... 024-01-08/

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Monday Meltdown from DK Footstomp Studios releasing on a Thursday?! 8O ;)




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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 09 Jan 2024, 15:26

Nordic Game Jam 2024 is happening on April 18th-21st, and tickets will be available very, very soon! On top of that, we're looking for speakers! If you've got an idea for a talk you might want to give, or you want to suggest someone that you'd like us to reach out to, you can do that! We have a form for both suggesting others and signing yourself up at
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DK Solo project Starshapes from Entire Games in Grenaa now has a gameplay trailer




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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 10 Jan 2024, 16:45

GUNTOUCHABLES, The the next project earlier teased by Game Swing has been revealed with a Steam page.


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