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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 15 Oct 2023, 13:56

And just to jump back a bit in time.
We had a development update on DarkSwarm with the GSG bois!

Still long ways to go! But hacking away! :)

And best of all! Also doing good on the numbers! :D
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Also two Danish games in the >currently< (almost) top 50 most wishlisted games on Steam

Currently.. remember the placement will change.

#46 Deep Rock Galactic - Survivor. By Funday Games (mostly) and Ghost Ship Games.
#56 Tempest Rising by Slipgate Ironworks

Super duper awesome! :D
I am sure both will enjoy 'great success!' (Borat voice) ;)

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DEEP ROCK GALACTIC - SPACE RIG & BIOME EXPANSIONS
Their Kickstarter campaign is ending in 26 hours. Currently at 15M+ DKK funding..

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 15 Oct 2023, 14:13

Speaking of Kickstarters

There are a few DK project online at the moment.

These more like D&D expansion Kickstarters usually fare quite well. This one is already more than funded! :)



As opposed to more original projects. I don't seem them happening.
'Do homework before Kickstarter'.


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 15 Oct 2023, 14:29

Oh yeah.. and Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard.
Bobby Kotick will be leaving ActiBlizz at the end of the year.

Oh boy! Big things are happening!
A MASSIVE powergrab by Microsoft for certain. Not everybody seems pleased with that.


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 15 Oct 2023, 20:36

Seismonaut har udarbejdet en rapport om digitals spil betydning
Digitale spil – er det spild af tid
eller betydningsfulde oplevelser
på linje med film, litteratur og
musik? Ingen i Danmark har for
alvor undersøgt nuancerne i det
spørgsmål før nu.

https://pro-f.dk/sites/default/files/20 ... ydning.pdf

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What: Retro Game Days
Where: Spinderihallerne, Vejle
When: October 19th to 21st, 10-17.
https://www.vejlemuseerne.dk/arrangemen ... game-days/

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There is a playable demo of Outlaw Kingdom by (DK) KasperDev on Steam. (solodev I presume)



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Dennis Jensen going all gamedev youtuby. :)

Nice with a recap of his story so far.


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5 hours of talks from Retro Game Days in Vejle

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 26 Oct 2023, 12:08

Our Nordic friends at Remedy Entertainment from Finland, is very soon upon us with Alan Wake 2.. looking pretty sweet!! :)
Launching tomorrow on Epic, PS5 and XBOX.

Also had a chat what some of the devs last time I was in Sweden. Even scored some Remedy merch. 😅🧢

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Playwood Project has updated their demo of their upcoming title Successor, with a time limited Halloween special, Marsh of the Dead!

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 29 Oct 2023, 16:34

RIPOUT launched into Early Access earlier this week. Though not at DK developed game, it is published by now Danish 3DRealms.

And who doesn't love a bit of dark sci fi. I know I do! Maaaaaan that alien gun is super sexy! :D

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 31 Oct 2023, 00:57

A video on the now ancient RenderWare engine popped up.

Oh maaan! It's been some time since i worked in that!
Back at the now long gone 3BGamez we made a demo for game called DrugDEAler, it was never released.
And later on the Agent Hugo games at ITE. RenderWare was the goto off the shelf PS2 engine at the time.

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 31 Oct 2023, 23:15

Well well well! :D

Looks like the team at Biodomes Games are returning to their roots! Their unannounced game looks like something VERY much in the Chase Ace (Deluxe) / Chase Ace 2 family of games.

I love how Peter Holm and Tobias Thorsen yet again returns to where their hearts lies. <3 <3

Also had chat with them not too long ago. Suggested they should get the old games on GOG. But so far it has yet to materialize and is not something you should count on. I guess they are very busy with the new thing. Also it would probably be a massive undertaking to bring the old games up to a playable standard from such an old code base. The ROI would not make much sense.

Anyways! Suuuuper awesome to see they are giving the dream another wack!



A run down of the history of Chase Ace. The game still has the coolest stylistic 2D explosions of any DK developed video games I can think of.

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Dk work in progress game spotting.. Gravity Break from bakspace in Aarhus!

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 04 Nov 2023, 12:51

Rune Vendler (Head of studio at Rovio Denmark) has developed one of those simple daily web games. It's developed using ChatGPT in a fully automated fashion.

LexiGrid
https://lexigrid.000webhostapp.com/

The goal is to guess 5 words

Recently Rune also developed a fully automated AI driven podcast (botcaster.ai), besides a long career in the games industry.

Update:
New easy kids friendly Danish version called Ordbox.
https://ordbox.000webhostapp.com/

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Recent DK'ish release from Hjalte Tagmose. In some sort of collaboration with the Swedish Spelkollektivet.



The puzzle game Munchy Mammals

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 04 Nov 2023, 14:25

DK release. Retro Highway from Gearhead Games
This is following mobile, and console releases earlier, originating back to 2018.
So the project is still going strong!
Personally not following the web games very closely but Poki seems to be a large player in the field.

Available on Poki.

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 07 Nov 2023, 09:31

Sometimes small solo indie projects project just goes crazy! Be mindful this is a very rare case.

The video talks about Chill Quarium that launched on the same day as Starfield and made a relative success from Steam page exposure. It is also a different audience from the regular scifi geeks.
Our own Danish developed Void Crew from Hutlihut was launched the day JUST AFTER Starfield and did a good launch everything taken into consideration. That was super scary in my book!
There is more of target audience overlap here with Void Crew and Starfield compared to a 2D chill aquarium game. But it is an interesting comparison nonetheless.
Besides Void Crew got really good Steam reviews! 91%+ positive! Man that's awesome! Happy players is a really good foundation!
I'm guesstimating they have sold around 70K copies to date. So they certainly have something to build on. They are off to a good start!

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Are great games being ignored? An investigation

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Unity set for more layoffs amid “painful” reset

Unity is likely to conduct layoffs, discontinue products and close offices amid a “painful” reset of the company’s operations, says interim CEO Jim Whitehurst.

https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/82837/ ... ful-reset/

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DK Niila Games is working on a new title called TagTime. Sadly the Steam page is not yet available in Denmark.

But with a little creativity I was able to view the Steam page anyways. (Using the Tor network in the Brave browser)
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Eventually this link will work in Denmark when they make it available

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Mus og Kran alpha test
(Mouse and Crane) from Those Eyes

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No direct contact information was provided but I assume you can just write Trine on Facebook if you are a parent wanting to test out the game with your kid(s).

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 14 Nov 2023, 22:55

An interview with some of the team working on Bolverks Games recently released VR game Genotype.

I used to work with Lasse back in the days! :)

Interview with Lasse, Jaime, and Mark of Bolverk Games - Developers of Genotype
On this episode of Ruff Talk VR we are joined with Lasse Tassing, Jaime Monedero March, and Mark Olsen of Bolverk Games to talk about their newest VR game Genotype - available now on the official Meta Quest store! This game packs a thrilling story in with fun gameplay in this narrative story adventure. Listen as we get to know some of the team behind this game, what it was like to make Genotype, what's next for the game, and more!

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