Archive for March, 2012

Lone Survivor

Hello blog readers – sorry I haven’t been posting much about what I’m working on recently. I’ll do something about that soon. In the meantime, I wanted to draw your attention to a very cool game that came out today – Lone Survivor, by fellow Cambridge indie Jasper Byrne.

Jasper’s been working on this for far, far longer than I’ve known him (the very first version was a point and click adventure game he made about eight years ago). It’s changed a lot since its initial inception, and been called many different things through the years – but the core ideas have been there, driving it since the start.

You can’t talk about this game without talking about Jasper, because it’s impossible to play this game and not be overwhelmed by the personality of the person who made it. It seeps though every detail, every flaw and moment of brilliance – it’s a personal labour of love by its creator. It’s incredible to see something with this kind of singular vision actually come together, and be as good as it is. It’s something I aspire to with my own work.

This is a really amazing game, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you have any interest at all in the idea of games as personal expression, then be sure to check it out.

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Free Indie Games

I’ve started a new project! It’s a blog called Free Indie Games, which I hope to update regularly.

When I started making games as a full time thing, most of the sites I read were blogs that covered lots of cool and experimental freeware games. It was really exciting for me at the time, to see that sorta thing happening around me, to see so many people doing things with this medium that I’d never seen before. Being part of that hugely influenced the sorta games I work on now.

I think that’s still happening, but things have changed, as they do. The sites I used to read have changed their focus. And that’s cool, but I feel like something’s missing now. I want there to be somewhere out there which just focuses on the awesome little experimental games that got me into this in the first place – so, I started something.

I’m intentionally keeping it pretty simple – the site is literally just screenshots and links to stuff I find interesting. Hopefully you’ll find it worthwhile, though.

I’ve started the site off by posting about some cool freeware games I’ve played recently. Check it out at http://www.freeindiegam.es.

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