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GDC Day One

Cat | 1736d ago
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Welcome to March! By now you've probably all checked out the March Contests Blog, but if you haven't, here are some directions:

Yesterday morning I stopped off at the Microsoft Lobby Bar to play a few games. Regrettably, I fear I may never master the art of playing a game while holding an intelligent conversation and retaining the information from the developer so that I can speak intelligently about it later. Having a go at Section 8: Prejudice it was entirely one or the other - I could listen and talk while having my tush handed to me by enemy AI, or I could play, drop in a turret, capture an area and steal some intel. Fans of Section 8 will be happy (coming to PS3, 360 and PC). In addition to checking out the Section 8 sequel Torchlight was there - you can play it on your 360 on March 9, and we'll have some codes to giveaway soon! All my other Torchlight on 360 impressions are under embargo until this Friday, so shhh...

Also stationed at the MS Lobby Bar is Dream.Build.Play, which opened for 2011 submissions only yesterday. Developers here at GDC have the opportunity to register here, and for all you other super talented types this is your summons to participate as well! Visitors could also play some Fable III or Halo Reach, or even visit the actual bar portion of the MS Lobby Bar…it was 10 a.m. and a cash bar - if I'm going to be drinking at 10 a.m. the drinks should probably be free, right?

Peter Vesterbacka of Angry Birds fame delivered an afternoon session on the franchise, and he should probably have been wearing a crown and a shirt that said "My game rules!" Speaking in favor of mobile to console development, he remarked that the reverse "doesn't work very well". Driving home again and again the belief that mobile does not mean disposable, and advocating frequent updates the unspoken takeaway was this: make a game that doesn't suck. With countless developers seeking to ferret out the key to App Store success, there's only so much concrete framework to be given. Price, for Vesterbacka, is part of that framework, declaring that 99 cents is the price to have and that they based their decision on the Top 20 AppStore games - all priced at 99 cents. Overall, the Rovio team sets bold goals for themselves from monthly updates and seasonal content to creating an in-game purchase item that they want 50% of Angry Birds fans to purchase. Though it hardly seems pie-in-the-sky when they taking over the known world.

PixelJunk Shooter 2 drops into PSN today and was the focus of last night's PlayStation Community Meetup. Held out at Mighty, developers, fans and conference attendees got together for a Shooter 2 tournament, drinks, food and a dash of Patapon 3. Ariel from Q-Games was on hand to congratulate the victors, and if you don't recognize her name try tuning in to the (very entertaining) Q-Games podcast! I'm a PixelJunkie, so most of you already know how fond I am of their PSN titles! What is extra-super-awesome in Shooter 2 is definitely the multiplayer - so have at it!

The rest of the evening saw conference attendees convening in places like the W, where towards the end of the night I bumped into a couple of the guys from Guerilla Games (yes, AutoFire, I passed along your note!).

(Pics added, be sure to check out the last one depicting the iam8bit Paint by Pixels wall, early on Day 1)

The South Hall, MS Lobby Bar

Talking through Section 8: Prejudice

Torchlight! (but I'm playing on 360!)

The birds are ANGRY!

Thinking of playing Angry Birds during Angry Birds, perhaps?

At Mighty, eager gamers waiting to get in

The tournament brings out the best - and the worst? ;)

iam8bit Paint by Pixels wall, early on Day 1

WildArmed  +   1736d ago
yes yes, do get some pics :D

And yay 4 PixelJ shooter 2 releasing today :D
Shani  +   1736d ago
+1 on pics...
we want pics.
deadpoole  +   1736d ago
Pics please
Christopher  +   1736d ago
While I dislike the popularity of Angry Birds over Crush the Castle, I gotta admit their idea of seasonal content releases really keep people coming back. I think if Flight Control had dome something similar rather than in-app updates that didn't involve any external marketing they would likely still be in the top 20 list of iPhone apps.
ISKREEM  +   1736d ago
Glad to hear Section 8: Prejudice is coming along nicely. I think with it's excellent price point of $15, and some refinements over the first, it can really make a mark.

Definitely looking forward to giving the PixelJunk Shooter 2 multiplayer a spin tonight as well!
SKUD  +   1736d ago
/r/ BF3 news. Oh god please, anything.
Otheros00  +   1736d ago
Section 8 torchlight
Please tell us about it now. /jk
I don't want to get you in trouble. You can tell us about it when the embargo is lifted.
JL  +   1736d ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed Angry Birds. Granted I don't game much on my iPod, but it is my favorite on there. They really struck gold with that game and know what they're doing in the mobile department I think.

I, too, am a PixelJunk fan, Cat. I've enjoyed all their games and will undoubtedly get around to getting Shooter 2 sometime soon. Unless of course you just want to give me a code for it ;) lol
mamaniy  +   1735d ago
okay first off is my question: is there an alternative to youtube that you use?

(keep reading fans)

oh my gosh.
uhm...well what can i say? it's been 4 years. silence, and then the foxboro hot tubs, and nothing's been silent since.
Shani  +   1735d ago
Yey for the awesome pics...
Keep them coming

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