Final Push

VVVVVV got leaked on 4chan πŸ™ I’m really, really shaken up about it and I don’t know what the hell I’m going to do. Nothing, I guess. There’s nothing I can do. I’m pretty upset.

I’m going to try to finally get the game out for the end of the week. With moving and everything I’m a bit behind schedule…

sorry, I don’t know what else to say right now…

[edit] I’m changing the donation conditions – beta access is no longer available, and the patron list is final. If you still wanna preorder though, that’s fine. I’m working as fast as I can to get this out.

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108 Comments so far

  1. Anonymous on December 9th, 2009

    Not only is this on 4chan, but /f/ appears to be broken, so it has been frozen at the top of the board for a day now.

    I’d never heard of this prior to playing it, and didn’t even realize that it was a commercial game until following the link at the end. Sorry that it was leaked. It really does have solid gameplay and a good nostalgia factor. While some people who may have bought this won’t now, I think that the attention that this brought should balance it out in revenue.

    I loved the old-timeyness (I know that’s not a word). I thought the square spiral warps looked like they came from the Commodore 64 game “Zone Ranger”, but smiled when I saw the floating red numbers, a glitch from that game. I’m surprised that anyone remembers it. Or “v-hold”, back from the days where you had to manually set a television’s retrace rate. I nostalgia’d.

    My biggest complaint is going through all of the effort of collecting trinkets, then being unable to go back and get the rest after triggering the end events. Hopefully the final game will have a New Game or something so the player doesn’t have to do challenges like “Doing things the hard way” again to see whatever happens when you collect them all.

    Keep up the awesomeness.

  2. Anonymous on December 9th, 2009

    Apparently this blog software filters out plus signs. It should say “New Game Plus” up there.

  3. Denis on December 9th, 2009

    I love the argument from people ‘Don’t be surprised if someone steals your car when you’re out’. Its like common theft is Ok as long as its done in the anonymity of the internet.

  4. Samui on December 9th, 2009

    I didn’t realize that it was leaked until I went to visit this site. I’ve played vvvvvv for a few hours, and I must say, I enjoy it. I’ll definitely buy it when it comes out (or pre-order, when i get the funds to do so).

  5. CoachZ(PronouncedwithanOachZ) on December 9th, 2009

    Seconded from Samui. When I manage to get a job, I’ll definitely be buying this game.

  6. Erik on December 9th, 2009

    Well, Terry – it appears that I’m not the only Channer who bought your game BECAUSE of the leak.

    Looks like this bit of bad luck might be a blessing in disguise!

    I eagerly await release! (That’s what she said)

    F5F5F5

  7. Lulz on December 10th, 2009

    I find the leak hilarious because you, Mr. Terry Cavanagh, seem to think that pixelated bullshit like this should still be paid for just because you’re the almighty faggot that made it.

  8. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    Your work speaks for itself. Playing it on 4chan was a treat and I will be buying it. You really earned every dollar you receive for your efforts. Thanks for a great game.

  9. Anonnymuz on December 10th, 2009

    I played it on 4chan, too. And it’s FREAKIN’ AWESOME. Yeah, it’s been leaked, it’s a shocker and a bummer… but you can’t undo it. Look at this as an enormous burst of free publicity! When this goes on sale? I’m SO THERE. I want the whole actual complete thing.

    When life gives you lemons, Terry, make lemonade. This has the potential to be a big boon to you, not a disadvantage.

  10. Donald on December 10th, 2009

    Nice argument structure there, Lulz. I particularly liked the part where it didn’t make any sort of logical sense and was, in fact, not an argument but a string of loosely-connected, ignorant, insulting and generally ill-informed flecks of textual diarrhoea. That was a good bit.

    You’re quite right: pixelated bullshit should certainly not be paid for. Fortunately, people who purchase VVVVV are paying, instead, for a finely-tuned, brilliantly accomplished and, by nearly every account, highly entertaining product which happens to be a game and, yes, happens to use pixelated graphics.

    Similarly, I would imagine that Mr. Cavanagh thinks that people should pay for his product because he has been working diligently on it for over a year and because, he hopes (and you may remember this from above), it is highly entertaining. In other words, it is worth money. Even if that were not the case, he would have a right to specific that people pay for his game, because it is HIS creation, and the product of a year of HIS life. Have you ever invested as much as that in anything in your life, both monetarily and emotionally? I’d guess not. Even if you have, you are in no position to tell him that you are better-placed to judge whether or not his game should be paid for.

    Also, nothing about Terry Cavanagh’s personality would ever justify your use of the word “almighty”. I know myself, and it’s clear in everything he writes on this blog, that he is a very humble, sincere, affable and generally profoundly nice guy.

    Unintelligent prick.

  11. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    I know it is a horrible thing that your game got leaked and there is nothing that anyone can really do to console you about that but, if it helps at all, I just beat the game and it’s awesome.
    I literally died over 400 times on the final level and WILL be buying this game as soon as it’s released.
    I love challenges and only getting 9 of the 20 medallion things is not cutting it for me.
    =)

  12. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    Another anonymous who played the game leaked to 4chan here – I’d never heard of you nor your site, but now that I’ve played that masterful bit of genius that is VVVVVV, I’m going to have to put money down on it. I gave up on the end level, but still had many areas that I’d not explored. Think of this as simply being extra exposure.

  13. Lulz on December 10th, 2009

    Hey Donald. You’re trying too hard, brah.

  14. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    Do what you want cause a pirate is free!

  15. 4chanman on December 10th, 2009

    This isn’t 4chan, gentlemen. Take it back to /b/.

    Good game. The challenge was enjoyable.

  16. Clay on December 10th, 2009

    I played this on 4chan and had no idea it was a leak. I’ll donate/buy it as soon as it’s released. Mark my words πŸ™‚

    Thanks for making such a great game!

  17. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    Freaking hard game. o.o I couldn’t believe I made it under 2k deaths! some levels seem almost impossible. especially that cross section one right at the end, damn >.< that and 'Thats why I have to kill you' room. Freaking awesome game thought man! You did a fantastic job!

  18. W on December 10th, 2009

    I played the first 5 minutes of it and I’m already convinced to order the full version once it comes out.

    (And this is from a guy who pirated MW2 etc)

  19. W on December 10th, 2009

    BTW, Terry, you are probably the most talented and imaginative indie game programmer I’ve come across. Hell, your game beats out most commercial games I’ve played recently on many fronts.

  20. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    @Denis

    Hi.

    You can expect crime to happen in certain conditions. It doesn’t make the crime okay. Does the existence of law enforcement (police officers, judges, lawyers, etc) offend you because they assume and expect that crime is going to happen? If so, you are a raging idiot. Well, goodnight.

  21. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    I’m incredibly sorry to admit that I played the leak. Like many others here, I didn’t even realize it was a leak until the end. I must say, you really outdid yourself here, and I will definitely make the purchase the moment the game comes out.

  22. allen on December 10th, 2009

    Bloody hell, shit on 4chan just spreads like herpes

  23. SoulEye (Creator of all VVVVVV music) on December 10th, 2009

    Lots of comments. I wonder how many people has played the leak.

    I made a spanking new fantabulastic piece of music that will be featured in the final game (it’s not in the beta). I won’t even put it up on my homesite until the game is released…
    I’ll give you a taste though, it goes kinda like this:

    *Beee-wiiiii-uhhhh, duu weeee-uh ooo eeee ooo, oohhh ehh, doo-weeee-oooh*

    As anyone fluent in Textual Music (“TexMus”) can tell, this one is a kick-ass laid back song that you can loop for hours without getting tired of it.

    So, there’s another reason to buy the game! πŸ™‚

  24. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    Great music in the Beta, SoulEye. Really brought me back. You got my money.

  25. Hal on December 10th, 2009

    SoulEye, your comment made me lol. Keep making great music, dawg. (:

  26. Terry on December 10th, 2009

    He’s telling the truth! The new song is amazing πŸ™‚

    I don’t even know where to start responding to all of this, so I’m not gonna get sidetracked with it πŸ˜› I’m in Dublin and getting lots of work done with the game. If I keep this pace up it’ll be finished soon…

  27. A on December 11th, 2009

    It is nice to see that you are in a brighter mood Terry!

    Just keep up the good work and don’t worry about deadlines: what matters the most is that you feel the product includes all that you wanted to include.

    We are looking forward to your work!! πŸ™‚

  28. Anonymous on December 11th, 2009

    Hey, I played it on 4chan not having any idea what it was; I only found this website because I was wondering how to get the full version. Sorry it got leaked without your permission, but that game is freaking amazing — beat it 2 times already and have found 17 trinkets… I absolutely love the trinket you get by falling up like 6 screens of spikes, bouncing off the disappearing platform, and falling all the way back down. Just wanted to say it’s one of the funnest games I’ve played in a few years.

  29. Anonymous on December 11th, 2009

    TITS OR GTFO

  30. anon on December 11th, 2009

    Played the beta, thought it was great, bought the game a couple days ago. Just wondering: will the soundtrack come with the game, or will it be available for download somewhere else after the release?

    Also you might want to fix the character’s movement. Most people seem to agree he slides too much.

  31. Drakkar on December 11th, 2009

    Ah blast, I FEEL SHAME FOR BEING A MAN OF THE INTERNET TODAY. I really wish you many sales despite this gross breach of moral conduct.

  32. StephenM3 on December 11th, 2009

    If I keep this pace up it’ll be finished soon…

    The ETA has been “soon” since the game started. And now that the 4channers fored you to take down Beta One, I won’t be able to get my VVVVVV fix for what could be months! πŸ™

  33. Dapper on December 11th, 2009

    This was leaked on Newgrounds, too. Shame I didn’t know it was stolen, otherwise I wouldn’t have given it a 10.

    How exactly could a FLASH GAME get leaked? Did you post a prototype on some website and they hacked it?

  34. Buzzard on December 12th, 2009

    I’d never heard about this before the 4chan leak. I loved the game, and I can assure you I’ll be purchasing a copy when the game is complete. Music’s fantastic as well. Looking forward to the final release, and I’m sorry I played the beta leak before it finally came out.

  35. Owl on December 12th, 2009

    Try to keep it up! You’re one of my heroes of game development! 4chan == badchan

  36. SoulEye (Creator of all VVVVVV music) on December 12th, 2009

    To Anon: The music will be easitly playable within the game but also purchaseable from my site.

  37. allen on December 12th, 2009

    That’s awesome you’re selling the VVVVVV music off your site. That music really is incredible. It’s about 6 tracks isn’t it?

  38. Jedediah on December 13th, 2009

    Too bad about the leak, but it looks like it is only going to help sales. Glad to hear it. Can’t wait for the final release!! And I will be buying that soundtrack as soon as it becomes available. (Excellent work SoulEye.)

  39. SoulEye (Creator of all VVVVVV music) on December 13th, 2009

    @allen: Yes – so far – there are 6 surefire songs that will be in the game, but there’s also some jingles and stuff that’ll be bundled for added fun value.

  40. BobisOnlyBob on December 13th, 2009

    Played it and loved it, and intending to part with cash when it’s out – I loved Don’t Look Back and love your style of both visual and gameplay aesthetic.

  41. BAWWWWW on December 14th, 2009

    SOMEONE call the WHAAAAAAMBULANCE.

  42. Jeremy on December 14th, 2009

    I didn’t see the game on 4 chan, but you’re taking a poor route on your response. As you should see from the comments here that your game has now reached a lot of new people who are willing to buy. Instead of making the same reactionary mistakes that the RIAA and MPAA has taken in hurting the people who *want* to give you money, you should embrace the new audience.

    CwF RtB

  43. Nevet on December 14th, 2009

    I saw this on 4chan about a week ago bro, and ive played it through to completion twice now. Im really looking forward to all the content thats not included in the leaked version and i will gladly pay for it, because not only is this an addictive game, but its very frustrating to me, and i like that in a adventure/puzzle game. Only managed to get 16 trinkets, and i really have to say i hate you with a passion for that one where you have to fly up 19 screens through spikes, rebound off a fading barrier, and go back through… but seriously, keep up the amazing work, you clearly share my vision of games that have little use for the modern eye candy and pack tons of content into them.

  44. anonymouse on December 14th, 2009

    Ever thought about putting the musics into iTunes and Spotify and advertising those with this game?

  45. khaldun on December 14th, 2009

    really lame that it leaked on 4chan, but I guess you can only expect that much.

    didn’t play it over there, waiting for full release, definitely going to buy it.

  46. Daniel on December 14th, 2009

    It’s a shame that this game was leaked, but that’s how I found out about it. I would love to buy a copy when it’s released, I’ve been captivated by the leaked copy that’s being sent around. I have to admit, you’ve done a great job on this. I’ve played platformer games for years and I’ve never been so impressed with such simple gameplay mechanics.

  47. David Shute on December 14th, 2009

    Sorry about the leak, that really sucks. I actually wanted to comment about the screenshot at the top of the post though – Is that … is that a Dizzy reference? even if I hadn’t loved Don’t Look Back as much as I did, that room caption and poor floating ghost egg would have sold VVVVV to me by itself.

  48. Terry on December 14th, 2009

    David: Yes πŸ™‚

  49. Anonymous on December 14th, 2009

    I like you, you’re the Don’t Look Back guy. But dude, you’re an indie developer; you need as much press as you can get, hell, check out the comments. 4chan’s just about as big of internet bump you can get so count yourself lucky. Oh, and by saying it was them that leaked it a simple Google search can bring up a result with the working Beta. Derp much? :3
    I’m still gonna pay for the full version when it’s out though. Cheer up petal.

  50. Anonymous on December 14th, 2009

    VVVVVV is awesome, just finished playing through the leaked beta (found only 6 trinkets though). Absolutely love the gameplay, the story, the graphics and especially the music.

    Will definitely be purchasing!

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