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Doom Doodles

www.GorrillaArtFare.com is a site where over 100 artists come to make weekly posts of their artwork.  This post in particular, called Doom Doodles by Gax, show interesting subject matter in sloppy-but-deliberate line work.  The sketchy lines and uneven proportions only add to the personality of the art pieces.

http://gorillaartfare.com/2010/04/doom-doodles/

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Action 52 Owns


Indie developer Podunkian, from “the underside” has started a new project in which he is gathering indie developers to come together in making a recreation of the legendary nes game “Action 52”. Action 52 was a game that cost 299 at its time of release because it contained 52 games. The game became legendary because all 52 games had horrible gameplay, graphics and music. Many of the games barely functioned. This new initiative is for indie developers to remake all the games in the same spirit but to make them into interesting and fun experiences recreating action 52 into a good game. You can check out progress on the tigsource forums.

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=12439.0

Right now all the games are taken up but you may watch to see if one opens up to develop if you are interested in remaking one of the games. You can check up on that here.

Humble Indie Bundle

Wolfire Games has put together an incedible package of indie games. This deal is quite unique in its dealing with pricing. The package is a “pay what you think its worth” with a portion of the donations going to charity. The customer can also decide exactly where his or her money is going as there is no middle man and at purchasing time the customer can select exactly to whom their money will go. They can choose 100 percent to charity, split between developers, split between devs and charity , whatever you wish. The humble indie bundle is already quite successful. Wolfire’s idea behind this unusual business model is that if you treat the customers as people and with respect they are nice and respectful back.
Pick it up while you have the chance! 6 great indie games!
http://www.wolfire.com/humble

Indie Game Sumouse

Independent game developer Terry Cavanagh has just released his newest game sumouse . The game is a 2 player game and uses the mouse in a unique and interesting way. Each player has a hand on the mouse, player one (cyan) left click player two (yellow) right click. The mouse controls a small block and points are scored by moving the block into 2 moving large squares. Players fight to move the block into their corresponding colors. Sumouse is unique in that it moves the challenge of the game from out of the screen into real life and uses standard computer peripheral devices in a completely unique, creative and fun way.

Give it a try: (windows only)
http://distractionware.com/blog/?p=1281
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Game Over 3


Giant Robot Magazine put on its third gallery show in San Francisco,CA , this one entitled “Game Over 3”. The gallery presented artwork inspired by video games and video game culture. Check out the video of the event below.

You can also check out some of the work from last years Game Over 2 in their Art Blog and buy some artwork if you are interested.

Game Art

If you are interested in independent games and games as Art these two videos are a must watch.  Jason Rohrer , independent game developer( best known for his game passage ) talks with Chris Crawford, game design legend and Game Developers Conference founder, about the current path of video games, how video games can become something powerful enough to evoke emotion and  be a viable art form.

“French/German TV channel Arte interviews two game designers from different generations on their current projects and the state of the industry today.”

If you are interested here’s a video from 1992 of a lecture Chris Crawford gives.  His critique on video games at the time is unfortunately still very valid today.

” Chris Crawford in 1992, giving the last speech of his career as a “game designer” and his first as a researcher into “interactive storytelling”. ”

Something other than a game!

Although I’m not a fan of their music, OKgo’s new video for This Too Shall Pass incorporates the Rube Goldberg Machine in one continuous shot. Pretty impressive. My favorite is when they use a human body.

Bonus: At 2:31, you can see the cameraman’s reflection in the bowling ball!