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  • Puzzle Strike Pre-Orders

    Pre-orders are open for Dave Sirlin’s upcoming board game, Puzzle Strike. Lau and I are really excited for this one. The game seems like a clever mix between Dominion and arcade favorite Puzzle Fighter. Like Puzzle Fighter, it’s got that same thrilling dynamic in which you’re at your strongest right when you’re closest to death.…

  • Weekly Music Tip: Le Voyage

    Excellent new album from The Alps, on the ever-reliable Type Records. Samples and digital downloads here. The Other Music review sums it up well: A stunning tour de force of rustic Americana, dirty French psychedelics, and German Kraut buzz, instrumental trio the Alps manage to take the listener on an aural adventure, laidback yet expansive,…

  • Dark Room Sex Game @ Playful and Playable

    Dark Room Sex Game is going to be on exhibit at the “Playful and Playable” showcase in Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain. The showcase is organized by Proyecto Amarika Proiektua, and takes place from June 24 to September 15. This is of course exciting news, but to be honest we’re also a little apprehensive. We never quite…

  • Jay Pavlina & Super Mario Bros. Crossover

    Perhaps you’ve already read about Super Mario Bros. Crossover. Turns out the creator, Jay Pavlina, is really funny. As my friend put it, he’s kind of like the Mitch Hedberg of videogames: Interviews with Pavlina here and here. Check out that second link for an awesome trailer of the new upcoming character, Ryu from Ninja…

  • Weekly Music Tip: Emeralds

    Massive recommendation on the Emeralds’ new full-length, Does It Look Like I’m Here?. Here’s my favorite track: Boomkat nails it: We’re only 2 minutes into the cascading arpeggios and pastoral guitars of ‘Candy Shoppe’ before they hit us with the first pivotal bliss surge. It’s these moments that define their sound and reflect the comparison…

  • IndieCade 2010 Submissions Due Soon

    UPDATE: the new deadline is June 20. Got a cool indie game you’ve been working on? Submit it to IndieCade 2010! Final deadline is soon soon soon. We ourselves have attended the festival the last two years. We’re big fans. Check out my raving review of the 2008 festival, here. Seriously, IndieCade is the place…

  • Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer

    Our friend Nifflas has a new game out – Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer: It’s a whimsical Super Mario Bros. 2 homage, with elegant creature design and a stronger emphasis on puzzle solving. And the music is great, of course! Best of all, the main game is free. And only a few bucks for third-party level…

  • Weekly Music Tip, May 26 2010: Chip Tuned Rockman

    Another must-listen! Mega Man remixes, from a variety of top-notch 8-bit artists: I listen to a lot of videogame music, but this album is a shining standout. Just perfect – certainly some of the best videogame music remixes I’ve ever heard. The list of remixers features some world renown chip tune artists, as well as…

  • Weekly Music Tip, May 19 2010: Lusine

    And here’s another music tip – this time from a local Seattle artist, Jeff McIlwain, aka Lusine. Accessible, top-quality electronica. Here’s an official video off his 2009 album, A Certain Distance: Man, Ghostly International has been putting out some great stuff recently!

  • Seattle, Plaid, and CPH Game Collective

    Hello from Seattle! Being here sure is a trip down memory lane! I’ve been busy reminiscin’ all week, and I’m burning to share this Plaid tune: