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Game dev story: The final, agonizing moments of a Kickstarter campaign

When a Kickstarter campaign enters its final seconds, the page begins counting down in real-time. The widget that normally displays the number of days remaining for a project switches to read out seconds, starting with 100, 99, 98, 97 .... "Two minutes to go," says Steve Swink, the creator of...

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Adventurous sizing puzzler Scale tips past funding goal

Imagine Portal, but in a whimsical dreamscape, and with a gun that can make anything larger or smaller at will. You're getting closer to imagining CubeHeart's Scale, a game that will transcend imagination and enter reality after achieving its $87,000 Kickstarter goal this week, with just days to...

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Scale tells a tale of prison break, atomic science, a cat

Take a moment to watch this trailer for Steve Swink's Scale. You're welcome. Scale takes cues from Portal and The Swapper, blending first-person scientific gunning with a mysterious, whimsical setting ripe for exploration and adventure. Players embody Penny Prince, an inventor jailed for...

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The union of Scale, Gravity Ghost and the indie devs making them

Scale and Gravity Ghost share a surprising number of characteristics, especially considering how different their core mechanics are. They're both serene, soothing experiences, at least at first: In Gravity Ghost, players control a girl as she flows around the gravity fields of planets, searching...

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Phoenix Art Museum hosts indie game showcase on Sept. 21

The Phoenix Art Museum will be overrun with 20 indie games from local developers on September 21 from 10AM to 4PM, the final weekend of the museum's The Art of Video Games exhibition. The Arizona Indie Game Showcase is hosted by the Phoenix IGDA and Game CoLab, a productive collective of developers...

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How a couple of indie devs snuck into E3

Two days before E3 began, Steve Swink and Erin Robinson finalized plans to attend the convention. They packed their laptops with the latest builds of their games, Scale and Gravity Ghost, threw some clothes in a suitcase, and started the six-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles,...

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Yahoo buys social gaming software company PlayerScale

While Yahoo was in the news recently for its acquisition of Tumblr, it was also busy buying up another company this week: PlayerScale. PlayerScale's CEO Jesper Jensen announced the company's acquisition on its official site. Founded in 2011, PlayerScale creates software that aids developers in...

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IndieCade at E3: Sizing up Scale

I also ran around the IndieCade tour at E3, and while our own Jess Conditt took a lot of creepy pleasure in the grim philosophical horror title A Mother's Inferno, my tastes ran more simple and colorful: The best game I saw in that section of E3 this year was called Scale. Scale, developed by Steve...

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Take a tour with us through IndieCade at E3

We're not very good at lying, so when we say "A Mother's Inferno was an absolutely terrifying indie game," we mean we played it alone, at night, on a big-screen TV, and we just about peed our pants no less than seven times. Seriously, we haven't slept soundly in weeks. Not all of the games at...

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Meet Ana, the Xbox 360 hardware scaler

How did Microsoft dodge the scaling issue that has plagued Sony since its launch? Maybe it was the timing -- an HD console in a Standard Def world -- or perhaps it was Ana, the affectionate title for Xbox 360's hardware scaler. Whereas the PlayStation 3 downscales to meet resolution, Ana upscales...

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