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Steam has released an app for android and ios. Now you will be able to keep in contact with your friends on gaming and keep in up to date news on Steam sales. Steam chat will be similar to texting and you will be able to see what your friends are playing. Although this is still in beta so for a short period of time some of us will have to wait. Click the Steam logo for more!

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There was a big hype recently over Zynga directly ripping off Nimblebit’s game of the year on apple called TinyTower. This post that Ian Marsh had posted on Twitter. At first this made me pretty angry that a company could go so low. After the fact that Zynga initially tried to buy Nimblebit as a company but they refused, but hey at least they offered to own the company before owning the game, right? Its sad that a group of three people have more creativity than a near three thousand employee’s that Zynga has. I wrote a long article ranting about  “WTF was Zynga thinking?!?”  The app I was writing it on glitched and terminated but in the end I had time to think and now I am happy, so now I can give you my fully revised thoughts on this issue.

Small time company’s such as single individuals working on a project spend the time to be fully creative. Majority of new content is usually created with flash and posted online. Then the bigger company’s get to steal that game concept or game itself and add a few minor tweaks to make it there own, the same as you would do with a High school essay using Wikipedia. Although not every company completely rips off a game. Some take the concept idea and make a new game evolved from the original idea. Which is awesome. Minecraft evolved from Infiniminer and it turned out to be a great creative game. Credit was given where it needed to be given. What bugs me is the company’s that rip off a game and claim it has nothing to do with the game that they copied it from. Angry birds copied the game concept of Crush The Castle and just tweaked it to their own art and music. Angry Birds is one of the most popular games for IOS and is world renown but not to many people know about Crush The Castle and it is to the point that people will play this game and say “This is a complete rip off of Angry Birds.”

XGenStudio’s replied to Nimblebit with this post saying they are not the only one, and to take it as a comment. “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery” – Charles Caleb ColtenI can see why Nimblebit is dissapointed but there really is nothing you can do. Myself typing this is not going to magically change the market in gaming. There is going to be greed in any market where there is money to be made. I just needed to get rid of this itch. I know what it is like to spend hard hours on something only for it all to be for nothing and it becomes frustrating when its a common occurrence. For now we can just hope that future developing titles become more original.

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After taking care of SOPA and PIPA we are thrown another fast ball. ACTA alone could destroy the internet, which would lead to the destruction of gaming among many things. These bills that are getting passed and those supporting are by a generation who do not understand what the Internet is. The difference between SOPA and ACTA is that SOPA was a bill proposed in the United States while ACTA is generally international and supported by 27 U.N countries. ACTA will prevent you from messaging a friend without it being monitored. The video above may explain it better so I urge you to watch it and share with anyone you can.

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Indie game developers and players alike are excited for the release of a new and interesting documentary called Indie Game: The Movie. showing the emotion and attachment to games that developers created for the pure entertainment of others. As developers release their content they are also releasing their identity as an artist to the world, which leaves room for criticism.
Indie Game: The Movie is about the process of making games and the process of revealing yourself as a creative individual.

The focus of the documentary is the story of Tommy Refenes and Edmund Mcmillen – who are the developers of widely known game Super Meat Boy. Phil Fish, creator of Fez and his journey spending years on development before revealing his work.

Pre order’s available.

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Gamer's Choice AwardTen finalists have been announced with the winners to be announced on February 10 at the 2012 D.I.C.E summit in Las Vegas.

The ten finalists will receive:

  • two full passes to the D.I.C.E Summit
  • Up to $2000 per team for traveling expenses
  • An audition session with a professional game publisher (Capcom, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Activision, Nintendo, Sony, THQ, and Ubisoft)
  • Three skill award winners will receive $2500

and grand prize of $100,000 to the challenge winner.

nominees for the 2012 Indie Game Challenge are as follows:

– Blendo Games – Atom Zombie Smasher
– Eyebrow Interactive – Closure
– Zeroscale – Demolition, Inc.
– Team Nitronic – Nitronic Rush
– Paradox Shift – Paradox Shift
– Empty Clip Studios, Inc. – Symphony
– Ty Taylor and Mario Castaneda – The Bridge
– Team Dream – The Dream Machine
– The Fourth Team – The Fourth Wall
– Facepalm Games – The Swapper

2011 finalists 2010 finalists

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