We have a special addendum to the Okie Cast to help y’all make it through the week. Tony and I have a chat with Jordan Fisher and TJ Lutz from Pwnee Studios. We talk about their upcoming Wii U/Steam/”Other Platforms?” game, Cloudberry Kingdom. We also find ourselves talking about Back To The Future, crustaceans, giant robots and, of course, food.
You better listen to this podcast for two reasons. First, the Pwnee guys are hosting a contest where you could win $1000! All you have to do is be the first to beat their upcoming game on the hardest setting. Secondly, we are hosting a contest where you can win a beta code for Cloudberry Kingdom. To win our contest, send an email to email@example.com and tell us the last two games Jordan and TJ have played. Entries need to be submitted before 11:59 pm CST on August31st. To get the answer you either have to stalk them or listen to this interview. I’ll let you decide which. We have several codes to give away and everybody that answers correctly will be entered for a chance to win.
Pwnee Studios Interview
Starring – Tony, TJ, Jordan, Shelby
Run time – 42:26
To learn more about Pwnee and Cloudberry Kingdom, you can check out the studio’s website or follow the guys on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. As always we have our same mess of links that follow the podcast too. Twitter, our forum, Facebook, YouTube, our podcast and our trivia show.
This trailer was forwarded to me on Facebook by Brandon and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this game. It’s called Cloudberry Kingdom and it’s being developed by a NY based developer, Pwnee Studios. The company successfully wrapped up a Kickstarter back in May to fund $20,000 of the development cost.
Basically it is a procedurally generated platformer that will be completely customizable in terms of difficulty. There are a number of different sliders that can be adjusted from the types of platforms, enemies, obstacles and more. You can essentially make the game as easy or as hard as you want. It looks to have a little bit of a Super Meat Boy feel to it. It appears, based on the trailer, to be very precision based. All of the level attempts will be saved and replayed back to you much like Meat Boy game did.
The game is currently slated to come to Steam and Wii U, though the developers are also in talks for Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. It wasn’t on my radar until now, but I’m going to be keep up with the progress on this one.
Enjoy this trailer from the game’s official website.
From now unti July 22nd ,you’re going to want to check out Steam every day, and often. The Steam Summer Sale begins today and some of the deals that are currently available are just downright criminal. Portal 2 for $5? If you haven’t played Portal 2 and you don’t take advantage of that you’re crazy. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is currently available for $7.50.
There will be plenty of sales going on all the time. Some of them lightning deals that will only be available for a limited amount of time. Packs of games from different studios available in bundles for insanely low prices and even some sales where you get to decide the games that are discounted.
If you’re in the market for some good games for next to nothing, Steam is going to be the place to go for a couple of weeks.
Another week brings another dozen trivia questions for you to ponder. This week, Tony and I test your knowledge of Steam, Sonic’s cavalcade of friends and some more Brawl music. Then we put, friend of the site, Steve Conger in The Hot Seat and grill him about Final Fantasy. What could be better than reading about this episode? Actually listening to it.
The Question Block – 56
Round 1 – Brawl Music Part 3
Round 2 – A Friend Indeed
Round 3 – Steam
Round 4 – Final Fantasy On PlayStation (Steve Conger)
If you enjoyed Mr. Conger’s voice (and why wouldn’t you) you can check him out over at thegamesmen.com or you can follow him on Twitter (@jsslifelike). As always, you can listen to our other podcast, join our Facebook group, chat on our forum, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow our Twitter account.
You would think with my affinity for RPGs I would have played something in the Ys franchise at this point. You’d be wrong however. For some reason the Ys franchise has flown completely under my rader, but with the release of Ys Origin on Steam, it seemed like a good time to jump in and see what this franchise was all about.
What You Need to Know
Ys Origin is the seventh game to be released in the popular RPG franchise from Nihon Falcom, but is the first game in terms of chronology taking place 700 years before the events of Ancient Ys Vanished. It was originally published for the PC in Japan back in 2006, but thanks to XSEED Games it’s seeing a release in America on Steam. It tells the backstory for many elements from the previous games such as the history of Ys, the Darm Tower, the twin goddesses and who the six priests are. You can play as one of three characters; a young female knight named Yunica Tovah, a brilliant wizard called Hugo Fact or the mysterious character known as Toal (eventually). Read more…
If you’re a fan of the Mass Effect series and you were going to be picking up Mass Effect 3 on the PC don’t expect that you’re just going to be able to head on over to Steam and download the game. Electronic Arts has confirmed that the game is joining the growing list of their franchises that will not be available on Valve’s popular gaming service but will be on “a number of other 3rd party digital retailers.” It will be joining the ranks of games like Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic that require you to have EA’s own Origin service on the computer. That goes for any version of the game, no matter where you purchase it, digital or physical.
I recently posted my review of Dead Space. My Dead Space 2 review will be posted whenever I find the time to write it. Here is a summary of both, those good games. If you haven’t picked up either of them now is your chance. Both of them are $5 (USD) on Steam this weekend. Consider this your PSA for FEAR. Wait, that’s kind of confusing because you might think the sale is for F.E.A.R. instead of Dead Space. Huh… y’all go to Steam while I think of a better catch phrase.
We don’t really know a whole lot about Wii U outside of the fact that it’s launching next year. Nintendo is very adamant that they’re going to be putting a large focus on the digital market for the 3DS and the Wii U. One of the ways to do that would be to have a service that has already established itself as the core of your market. There are two digital services right now that are currently rumored to be in talks with Nintendo to be the exclusive dealer in their digital domain.
According to reports from WiiUGo.com EA would like to make origin the exclusive content deal for Nintendo. Peter Moore has not hidden his excitement about the new console and he’s made a few trips to Nintendo Headquarters to talk about the system. Could these trips have included talks about a digital distribution model? The report also mentions that Valve would like to make Steam the platform of choice when you want electronic only goods.
Both of these rumors are interesting, but they really are nothing but rumor. EA has already talked to Nintendo about helping with their online infrastructure so it would make sense that they would also try to push Origin as well. The big question is whether or not Nintendo would relenquish control of the service to another company. I don’t know that I see that happening.
If you haven’t played Borderlands yet (what on Earth is wrong with you?) this is the weekend to remedy your problem. Steam is selling Borderlands for $7.49. And that’s will all the DLC included! Maybe you refrain because Borderlands is best played with friends. Well Valve thought of that too and is selling a four pack of the GOTY edition for $22.49. If that still isn’t cheap enough, you can snag the base game in single or four pack for $4.99 and $14.99, respectively.
If this doesn’t make you buy Borderlands then I fear for your soul. In case anyone doesn’t know I have spent over 300 hours playing Borderlands and I am still ready for more. w00t! When you buy it let me know and I will show you the ropes.
Valve is a company that makes games. In fact, the games that they make are usually pretty good. So good that even the mods for their games become hugely popular. Case in point, a mod for the original Half-Life game called Counter Strike. The mod has gone on to become a franchise in its own right with a number of expansions released to date.
Valve is at it again bringing out a new Counter Strike game, announced today, called Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombard, VP of Marketing at Valve. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”
This new release, set to hit Xbox Live Arcade, the Playstation Network and Steam (for PC and mac) sometime in 2012, will contain new maps, weapons, characters and updated versions of the classic material. It’s being developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment.
If you’re looking to get a chance to play the game a little early you can head over to PAX as well as the Eurogamer Expo 2011.