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  1. "Indies" Yeah, that's a word that's become increasingly diluted over the years. Game presence on Steam has gone entirely through the roof, and I'm not going to deny it, an awful lot of so-called indie games are nothing but god awful shite! The problem is two-fold. 1) Game development is more accessible than ever. - Game engines like Unity, UE4 and Godot as well as software such as Clickteam Fusion and GameMaker allow pretty much anyone with some patience and time to make practically anything they wish. 2) The death of Steam Greenlight - Whilst this wasn't foolproof by any means. It was a vetting process in which much of the crap was kept out of Steam. The argument was however that a lot of (now great) games were doing exceptionally well elsewhere, but could never penetrate the Greenlight process. So with Greenlight scrapped, so was that filter. And now any kid with very little vision can pretty much get on Steam with little to no effort. In the beginning of Indie being popular, the industry was seen as a 2-tier thing. You had AAA and then you had anyone without a publisher blanketed into a single group of developers known as Indies. These days, or at least how I see it, the industry is multi-tiered. AAA - We all know this one. Big development farms pumping out great games, or large size studios under the banner of a much larger publishing entity. AA - Moderate Studios under smaller publishing entities which still make solid games. A - 1 man developers or small once indie studios where Publishers have seen potential and have invested funding. Then you have the indie tiers. AAA Indie - These are typically large/moderate studios who have broken away from publishers and have decided to self-fund with reasonably large budgets and produce games that are pretty close or equal to that of a AAA studio. Big Indies - These are moderate/small self-sustaining studios who have come to make a name for themselves and have a strong franchise or following behind them. These are some of the best you can find, and chances are, most people have played or have a strong interest in their games. These guys will get 1,000's of Steam reviews. Core Indies - These are generally 1 man efforts or small studios that still to this day drive the majority of innovation. They're what Indie is all about. Putting maximum effort into their games in an attempt to reach the big indie tier. There are many indies in this category that also have substantial following and will get mentions in the media. But overall they will do enough to turn a profit from what they are capable of doing. It's usually these Indies you find doing Kickstarters. They normally reach 100's to 1,000 Steam reviews. Upstart Indies - The potential for innovation is rife here with this tier, and are becoming numerous. These are 1 man or small teams of 2 or 3 who will attempt to create a game and have the passion to see it through. Somehow though their games will not reach a "Core indie" status. Whether its due to lack of marketing or maybe there's something missing that doesn't quite launch them into the bigger echelons of the industry. Many of their games will be diamonds in the rough though, and it's great when the consumer finds them. These guys will usually get anything from a few to 100 Steam reviews. Trash Indies - Most of the crap that now seems to appear on Steam. Little jimmy was once taught how to create the "Hello World" program in school. Now he's got his hands on a cheap or free engine and he's got a lust for greed and has no clue how to make a decent game. So he makes one for minimal effort with no real skill or effort with basic graphics, adds 100's of achievements and pumps out the same thing under a slightly different skin or name for $.99 a game. If it isn't little Jimmy, it's a greedy individual who's accumulated a crap-tonne of assets and is flipping them off for larger sum of money. No effort here either. Some might actually make a better effort to become an upstart tier. But this is as rare as unicorn shit, or a virgin hooker. As for your observation concerning a lack of RTS games. It's simple. These games require larger budgets, are exceptionally more difficult to develop a decent quality title and the genre these days is considered exceptionally niche in comparison to Turn-based Strategy which has an exceptionally larger market. There also comes the problem that RTS is considerably narrow in scope. Those that do take the Real Time route would rather mix in other sub-genres such as Tower Defence, or just take the decision for Real Time Tactics. Some developers also consider those that demand RTS to be considerably up their own ass. They want a C&C style game, and when they get it there's a foul cry of the game not being decent, original or innovative enough. Or more the case, half the snowflake RTS crowd these days will not touch an RTS unless it has tactical pause, where you can stop it every few seconds cos they can't cope with anything more than 10 APM. Personally I avoid RTS like the plague these days. Even Iron Harvest, which will attempt to make a decent attempt at being a solid RTS, I have no interest in at all. There may come a day where the genre will see a resurgence. But it's going to need a paradigm shift to take it in a new direction.
  2. Yeah he works for Sony's Santa Monica studio now as a Senior Social media and marketing. He was a huge influence on God of War's Global Marketing campaign strategy. This of which he won an award for the best official game website godofwar.com. Also he's been the driving force for God of War Mechandise and has been responsible for making it Playstation's most profitable brand. To say Aaron Kaufman is riding high is a bit of an understatement. He's become a behemoth in the world of Sony's Playstation Marketing. As a result he could pretty much go for any job involving online marketing in the entire games industry and they'd snatch him right up!
  3. I'm just gonna plant this here. I saw it on Facebook. It got a laugh.
  4. I still wouldn't put it past EA to do that though. We get plenty of mobile ports to Steam these days as it is. If the execs up high think they can press for a slightly modified PC version of the same game for more profit and little turn around? They'll do it alright.
  5. Hmm. Well that was not expected. Could probably expect a PC/Console port at some point though. This won't just stick to mobile.
  6. Hi guys, I'm here to tell you about our new game Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare. Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare is set in a chaos world occupied by battling factions, bandits and warlords who seek to rule the world. The game is about your career as a faction leader: Start with minimum assets, you need to make money, build an army, wage wars against other factions and eliminate you rival forces with thoughtful strategies and fine marksmanship and eventually conquer the world. The game provides a completely different shooter experience which strikes a balance between intense first-person action and general strategy. The game's innovative combat system blends tactical first-person shooter with real-time strategy, allowing you to command an army, plan for tactics in the God view, while immersing in the intense firefight as a foot soldier, in the first person perspective. Here is an Early look at Combat for the game. Steam Link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/773951/Freeman_Guerrilla_Warfare/ Website: https://www.freeman-game.com/ Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/playfreeman
  7. Want an RTS game that's different? Fine... let's try this one. OK, here we have Ex-Epic games developers who have worked on the likes of Unreal, Gears of War, Civilization, Red Faction and MechAssault 2. http://store.steampowered.com/app/575970/Golem_Gates/ https://laserguidedgames.com/gg/ So then... How does this one float everyone boat?
  8. Saracen

    Tooth & Tail

    It's not a new idea. There's a Paradox IP known as Majesty where all you had control over is what you built. Whilst there was no commander avatar in this series of games, you operated the game more on a God like level where you had to bribe or bounty locations to get soldiers to attack: In the non AAA arena, this kind of gameplay also exists in a moderately popular game known as Rise To Ruins. It has a very similar concept to the Majesty series where you build as a god, and have to persuade citizens to do your bidding, but this operates more as a tower defence style game where you will eventually die.. it's just more or less how long you can hold out: Even the later games in the Tropico series has dabbled in this mechanic quite considerably. Tooth and Tail, basically takes this sub-genre mechanical concept and applies it into a more hands-on competitive approach that quite clearly works pretty damn well. I've been following this game since they announced it, and whilst I could have been one of those people who played the Alpha (I was given the chance) I chose to remain passive and wait for the full game. The point is this gameplay mechanic really isn't anything new per-se.. But what is new is the player's ability to not rely on an semi-passive AI assisting the player to get things done. In Tooth & Tail, if you want it done, you can get it done without the worry whether your commands are actually going to get done within a time-frame. The commands you can give are instantaneous, which allows for a much faster free-flowing game. This is why it'll be one of the best examples of indirect control possibly ever created to date!
  9. Saracen

    Rusted Warfare

    It's not too bad Single Player wise.. Missions - 8 (Campaign) Missions Skirmish - 37 Maps Challenge - 7 Challenges Endless Survival - 3 Maps Custom Maps Sandbox Mode Plus you've got Multiplayer on any of those 37 skirmish maps, plus any custom maps that are created. Full modding support exists as well. It may not be the prettiest game when it comes to the maps, but the RTS mechanics are some of the strongest, most highly polished that exists in the indie games scene. I'd even go as far to say they're better than a lot of the RTS attempts of the mid/late 90's and even most modern attempts from the last few years. Content wise it's got more than these games as well. You certainly cannot argue that for the price point.
  10. Saracen

    Rusted Warfare

    Need some more RTS in your life? Enjoy the likes of TA, Supreme Commander and a little known game called Command & Conquer? Well you might like Rusted Warfare. It's cheap as chips, and really rather good! STEAM LINK: http://store.steampowered.com/app/647960/Rusted_Warfare__RTS/
  11. It's actually nice to see some lifeblood still pumping around the community. Regardless how big or small, it's certainly appreciated Red2. There's not much left these days. But if EA get their heads out of their ass eventually, it'll be the community that's endured the storm that'll be the ones to lead the charge into the next generation.
  12. Saracen

    Letting Go of CNCNZ.com

    Best of luck good sir.... and on a light hearted note, welcome to the staff retirement club. Unfortunately there's no healthcare plan, pension or young nurses to look after us here, we still have to look after ourselves It always has been an honour working with you since the TSNNZ days. You've done the site, this community and its members proud.
  13. You should see the money that gets thrown around on Twitch then. One of the streamers I follow has a regular donor who's quite happily thrown nearly $9,500 at this guy. In fact his top 4 people have all forked out at least $5,000 each in donations to keep him ticking over. Firm handshakes to those who can do it. I just get my ass by on a monthly basis. I wouldn't mind being able to throw that kind of money about.
  14. If you need any help Zee, I'll jump on board again for certain things if necessary. I know Sonic's had to make the Ultimate decision to let go. But I, like you will happily contribute something to keep it alive.. Not so much on the Webmastering front, that's a time killer. But I'll happily contribute to a more strategy game site... Hell, you might be better going all Strategy. I'm mostly on the turn-based and 4X community side of things these days. That's my specialty. Not so keen on the RTS elements these days (Getting old)...
  15. He's gone and broke it! This is what happens when you let the lunatics run the asylum Sonic! haha Just kidding Zee, seems pretty swift this hosting, just as good as ever!
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