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Indie Games

There’s nothing that says Healthy Week like enjoying the warm glow of your computer screen. But I'd like you to know that Indie games care about your waistline and your health just as much as the next developer does. For this week’s feature, I picked out five games – well, “game” could be stretching it for a couple of these – that help you get in shape or learn something about your body.

I’ve also dipped into the world of iPhone for a couple of these titles since the platform best facilitates mobility and ease of use for those on the go. Just because they’re on a smaller screen doesn’t make them any less in need of your attention. Sit back and get ready to get physical. These five titles prove that indie games are good for the heart as well as the mind.

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds downloads surpassed 200 million, according to indie games developer Rovio. The wildly famous games - or infamous, depending on your perspective - started with humble beginnings, the original Angry Birds release launched in December of 2009 as a single-episode game with just three chapters for the iOs.

Now a full-fledged franchise with three games - Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio - as well as a vast collection of merchandise, it's hard not to count the game as one of the big boys. After all, hitting the 200 million mark just over two years after release (or hitting it at all) isn't something that happens terribly often.

With plans to bring the games to Windows Phone 7 devices on June 29, don't expect to stop hearing more about the flightless slingshotters anytime soon.




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Indie Detective Games On The Case

So, L.A. Noire came out this week, and your wallet is as empty as a dive bar at 4 A.M., as flat as rush hour roadkill, and as poor as an overused metaphor. When someone has a nose for crime, however, they just can’t help that itch to get their hands a little dirty and hit the pavement. But if you’re poor as a twitchy surgeon, then you might want to buddy up with some of these indie games that won’t cost you your last copper.

If you’ve been following along, you already been snooping around some great detective games like Bela Kovacs and The Trail of Blood. But while the point-and-click style of gaming emulates detective work rather nicely, hopefully I can prove to you that there’s a whole lot more to finding a perp than just poking. Check out these indie detective games and turn yourself into a gumshoe.

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5 PC Indie Games You Need To Play Right Now

Indie games on all fronts, from consoles to PCs to your iPhone, often arrive with little fanfare. We need to change that. Let’s encourage the daring, the new, and the innovative. Step outside your gaming comfort zone and try out something that might not fit on your normal game shelf. Here are five PC indie games worth your time and a couple of them are worth your dollars. You can always download the demos if you’re feeling a little timid. For once in your life, be the cool kid who introduces everyone else to the great games.

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There have been a lot of really good indie games out recently on the Xbox, and sadly, we can't access the PlayStation Network right now to check out indie games on that console. The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Outland, and Fancy Pants Adventures have all hit the Xbox in recent weeks. May is staerting to like a blockbuster month in a normally dry season just before E3.

 If your virtual wallet has been feeling the squeeze recently, then maybe it’s time that you turned to some Xbox indie titles to lighten the pressure. Here’s a list of amazing games for just a couple of bucks. Better yet, all of these games have demos so you can give them a test drive before you buy. 

Xbox Live Indie Games: Keeping It Cheap

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Indie Games and Love: The Dating Game

I probably don’t have to tell you this, but relationships are tough. There’s that whole matter of the approach, trying to find the right things to say and hopefully muttering them as loud as you can before they run away. At least, that’s my approach. I’m looking into getting a walkthrough or some cheat codes. But video game developers continue to fall back on romantic connections for one simple reason – they work. Maybe I should hit them up for tips and tricks.

Designers trying to create a compelling story depend on universal motifs to bring in their audience. Create a story or game completely foreign to your audience or something very different than their expectations and you run the risk of losing them. Growing up, loss, acceptance, love; we experience these scenarios in everyday life even if we approach them in our own different ways. While love is never simple, we all know the story or at least, how it should go. You fight. You get the girl or boy.

If you look at games like Mario or Zelda, you'll see that we went through 8-bit hell for some girl we never met. You could also argue that going against expectations also brings its own unique style of storytelling (I’m looking at you, Braid) while resting on motifs creates a predictable story. Yes, well, that’s for another time and another article. Let me just get through these indie games about love first.

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Indie Games: The Other Games This Week

Let’s face it. You’re not even thinking about indie games right now. You’re up to your eyeballs in either fatality codes, potatoes, squad commands, or invading aliens. I’m right there with you, but there are a couple of games coming out this week and in the near future that could use your attentio now.

There are two games here that are dropping on the virtual shelf soon, as well as one game that you could pick up for half price if you act now. If you’re trying to save up for one of those other titles, I’ve given you a freebie for each of the games that you can play right now while saving your pennies.. It’s not like you were going to do anything while you're at work or sitting in class, so you might as well enjoy some indie games. Read on for the alternatives from the flipside of the coin.

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Portal 2

The big story today in video games: The potential early release of Portal 2. I’m on the fence as to whether Valve’s ARG ending is a frustrating bait-and-switch or an amazing way to promote the burgeoning indie gaming scene, but still, it’s happening. So I tracked down some of the indie developers behind the games that make up the Potato Sack Bundle to see what it’s like to be in the middle of a video game firestorm.

I asked Jeff Pobst, the CEO of Hidden Path Entertainment, the company behind Potato Sack game Defense Grid: The Awakening about how his game came to be involved in the ARG/Portal 2 release. “GLaDOS has invaded Defense Grid and has brought new content to our game and it sure seems to have something to do with launching Portal 2 early as well," Probst said. "We're blown away by this and amazed how many people have gotten involved," he added.

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Feedback time! This week Adam is out, finishing the exhaustive work on his epic three-part rock opera based on the video game industry, so we enlisted Morgan Webb and Blair Herter to fill in. Look for Morgan's return next week as she reviews a certain highly anticipated, wormhole-based game.

All of us were able to play SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs, and we're going to tell you what we thought about it. We also round up the bigger news from Capcom's Captivate event, where they revealed a lot of new games, and gave tons of details about upcoming titles. Plus tidbits, jokes, obscure references, and more. Watch and be amazed!

Feedback -- Captivate 2011 Highlights & SOCOM 4 Review »


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Love In The Age Of Indie Games

This past weekend a good friend as well as a great videogame journalist proposed to his girlfriend at the premiere of a film that he helped to write. Granted, that film was Evil Bong 3D: Wrath of Bong, but hey, we're not nitpicking. Congratulations again to Patrick Klepek and Kate Hayden. All of this nerd love got me thinking about another proposal that might have even been trickier to pull off than getting an entire movie together. If you’re a lonely grump like myself and want to skip the romance, you can skim down to the bottom for some free games to keep you busy during those long and lonely Friday Nights.

There are many reasons that people make indie games. Some do it to tell their own story while others do it just to get themselves out there and hopefully seen by the bigger companies. And then there’s Matt Gilgenback – co-founder of 24 Caret Games and a developer you’ll be hearing about in the near future. He made a game for only one purpose and for one person. While he wasn’t seeking fame or fortune, the stakes were just as high. Maybe even higher. Read on for more.

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Bored No More: Try Out These Indie Games From Bored.Com

Sometimes, you just get bored. No matter what you do, there are just not enough explosions, achievements, or princesses to save. Zombies hardly make enough of a dent in the population to be challenging and I cannot tell you the last time any of my stats actually leveled up. Fortunately, there are flash games on the Internet to provide you all the zombies, princesses, and achievements to reach your recommended daily allowance. Which is higher than you'd suspect.

I hit up Bored.com recently just to find some of the hottest games and the hidden gems among their collection. There's practically something here for everyone, ranging from platformers, shooters, puzzles, and things I have a hard time describing in just a few short sentences. Go on. Try them out. They're all free and waiting for you. The worse thing that can happen is that you'll waste some time - and isn't that what the internet Is for anyway?

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Welcome to the Doldrums of April! This is one of those black hole weeks, where all of the good video game releases seem to have been sucked onto other dates. For instance, this Tuesday was a wasteland, but on April 19 you'll get Mortal Kombat, SOCOM 4, and Portal 2. Holy video game overload, Batman! You'd think publishers would want to space these out a bit more. So you know, you have that busy week of gaming to look forward to.

So instead of dissecting that Alaskan hunting game which is completely Sarah Palin-free, Rob Manuel takes us into the world of indie games and Leah Jackson, freshly returned from MLG Dallas, takes us to the land of competitive eSports. We also talk about the news and goings on in your favorite industry. Check it out. You'll see.

Feedback -- Indie Games & MLG Dallas 2011 Highlights »


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PlayStation Indie Titles

With Swarm recently hitting both the XBLA and PSN recently, it got me thinking about the indie market on PlayStation side of things. Microsoft makes it rather easy to pick up and find the newest indie titles with a couple of flips of the menu. I’m not saying that their “bin-style” layout with each game pushing down the next in an every growing sea of avatars and zombies is the best method - but it works. PSN throws everyone into the same pool where the smaller games are often obscured by the rest of the titles. I have noticed that once you find something to your liking, the PS3 will suggest another handful of games similar to the one you’re looking for. If you like this indie game, here are a couple more indie games like that one. Simple. Easy. You just need to find that first game.

And that’s where the trouble begins – finding that first game in a cascade of indie titles floating around the PSN pool. While Sony has a great eye for talent, they need to work on promoting these hidden gems among their wares. It doesn’t even take that much effort. The words “fighting Tetris” and “invading dragons” conjure up enough interest on their own to get those virtual dollars rolling. Maybe a section for indie games or titles that are a little easier on the wallet would help to sell a couple of games. (Just throwing out ideas, Sony. Feel free to steal any one of them.) Fortunately, word of mouth is still a viable source of information. Here are a few of PSN indie titles along with one game you should start downloading to your system immediately.

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Tesla: The Weather Man Exists; Is Awesome

If you have a moment, I would like to make you aware of something awesome. Tesla: The Weather Man from Thoughtquake Studios. Tesla is a 2D side-scrolling game for the PC that stars slightly mad 19th century scientist Nikola Tesla battling his arch enemy Thomas Edison. Any game narrated by Mark Twain is OK in my book.

Download the demo or buy the full game from the official site.

Xbox on a Budget: What Indie Games Can You Pick Up For 1600 Points?

Are you so poor that you have to use both sides of the toilet paper? Are you finding that you need to put DLC on layaway? Are you finding that those knockoff titles like Space Dragons or Zombie Shooter 2 don’t have the knockoff prices you want? Then you’re in luck. For just 1600 MS points or just around twenty bucks, you can download some of the best titles on XBox Live. These indie games play like full titles without the full price. 

Here's several games that you can pick up for just $20. Now maybe you can finally invest something you need ... like soap or a personality. At least, that's what I'm spending the forty bucks I saved on.

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