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The Best Time For Indie Developers

The Best Time For Indie Developers

Indie games have continued to generate an incredible amount of interest from the gaming community. They took their first steps out of obscurity in the early 2000’s. Since then, this subsection of the video game industry has only grown in popularity. Indie developers are working with the latest technology to bring the world their creations without input or direction from corporate publishers. By nature, indie developers create some of the rawest forms of artistic expression found throughout the industry. Today is very well the best time to be an independent game developer.

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Now indie games are found on every console and available at an affordable price. These two factors created a boom throughout the gaming world. People continue to flock to the nearly limitless indie games available no matter what platform they own. Coming in every genre and a variety of art styles, there’s an indie game out there for even the pickiest gamers. This opens up an opportunity for passionate game developers to create, market, and sell their creations to the world.

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Gamers are raving about the latest indie hits. Some of these games are even incredibly successful when looking at revenue. One of the most successful indie games of 2017, CupHead sold over 2 million copies. At around $19.99 per copy and another $9.99 in downloadable content available, that’s a lot of money. These numbers may seem impressive but of course, they don’t come close to the revenue Minecraft generated. The next massively successful indie game could be created by a passionate developer alone in their basement.

The Golden Age of Indie Games

There have been so many break out hits over the past few years. Undertale, Friday the 13th: The Game, Journey, Owlboy, Binding of Isaac, and these are just to name a few. Simply listing the indie games that have had a global impact would warrant an entire series of articles. An indie games ability to strike a chord with the community is unparalleled. The freedom these developers exercise and with no creative limits besides budget allow indie games to deliver the artists vision in its purest form.

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Independent video game developers have so many more options to promote their games and share their art with the world than ever before in the past. The internet offers these creators nearly unlimited access to millions of interested individuals. Social media and amazing organizations are all available to help get these spectacular artists creations to the gamers who love them. As more and more gamers discover what indie games have to offer, there’s no end for these independent creations in sight. Now is the perfect time to act on that dream and start working on the next revolutionary indie game.

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Small Gamers Make a Big Impression

Small Gamers Make a Big Impression

Video games have come a long way since pong took over the world. Gamers are evolving as well, continuing to push boundaries and exceed expectations. gaming, super smash brothers, tournament, small gamers, independent developer, independent gamers, youtube, streaming, media, news, local gaming, NJ Gaming, New Jersey video game, video game eventsFrom independent game developers taking it upon themselves to create their vision to the small media outlets like Gigamax Games offering unadulterated gaming news to the community, they all share one thing in common; they now have a voice in this gigantic industry. Let's take a look at one of these small organizations having a huge impact on their local gaming community, Mid-Tier Summit Gaming (MT Summit Gaming) and see how their story parallels so many others.

Let's take a look at one of these small organizations having a huge impact on their local gaming community, Mid-Tier Summit Gaming (MT Summit Gaming) and see how their story parallels so many others.

Simple Idea, Big Vision

MLG began with a simple idea, putting on video game tournaments for like-minded gamers. Now a multi-million dollar franchise, gamers see this as hope for the future. With the internet and all the capabilities people have at their fingertips, gamers can do incredible things. MT Summit Gaming is one of those organizations with big dreams and a practical mindset. They will be hosting one of their first events on August 20th, 'SM4SH at the Cradle', and those that live close to Long Island, New York have a chance to put their Super Smash Bros. skills to the test.

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MT Summit Gaming is a small, up and coming organization focused on putting together peaceful, enjoyable and of course competitive gaming events around the Tri-State metropolitan area. Starting small and building a solid foundation, MT Summit Gaming has high hopes for the future. With their first event a glowing success, this upcoming Super Smash Bros. tournament is taking it to an entirely different level.

What You Stand To Win

1st place prize is a brand new Nintendo Switch console & Switch Pro Controler

2nd place prize is a $50.00 GameStop gift card

3rd place prize is a $25.00 GameStop gift card

4th place prize is a custom GameCube controller

If you’re interested in testing your Super Smash Brothers skills on the Wii U, find out more about the event and how to sign up here!

The Gaming Community 

The transforming video game industry is not only bringing the community more micro-transactions than it can stand, but also offering new ways to get involved. From gaming YouTube stars to the hobbyist content creator or indie developer, the everyday gamer can make huge waves and reach thousands of people. Whether it's putting on events such as the ones hosted by MT Summit Gaming or an unassuming blog post exploring an idea or subject, small gamers can now make a big difference. 

Special thanks to MT Summit Gaming for the invitation to the Super Smash Bros. tournament. We're excited to stop by and see who takes the top prize! Everyone here at Gigamax Games is happy to be a part of this exciting day.

Door giveaways and Nintendo Switch Pro controller courtesy of Gigamax Games!

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Forge Reply Announces Theseus for PSVR

Forge Reply Announces Theseus for PSVR

The independent studio, Forge Reply just announced that they will be releasing a new PSVR game this summer. The small studio is taking a cinematic approach to VR in their upcoming game, Theseus. This game is built completely for virtual reality, Forge Reply is building a new action adventure game that will make the player feel completely immersed in this new and amazing world.

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A Modern Take on The Classics

Theseus is a new and modern take on the classic Minotaur and the Labyrinth myth from ancient Greece. To introduce the game Forge Reply has released an announcement trailer that gives players an intense look into what their game is all about. Check out the reveal trailer below to get a good look into what this upcoming virtual reality experience is all about.

In Theseus, the player wakes up alone in a new and terrifying location with only the voice of a mysterious woman to guide them. The protagonist will wander the halls and alleys of the ancient Labyrinth looking for a way out or meet their demise in the giant maze. Unfortunately they are not alone in the stone hallways, the Minotaur is there and not terribly happy that someone has invaded his home.

Independently Developed

This new independently developed virtual reality game looks like an intense experience and we can't wait to get our hands on it. It's great to see the new and exciting ways developers are approaching the VR medium. With PSVR being the first consumer level experience for this tech, it is a smart move for Forge Reply to make it the first system to receive Theseus. Expect a lot more information as we get closer to the release date along with gameplay videos to get an even better look into the game. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax for more on this interesting VR game!

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10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

Indie games are a relatively new addition to the gaming industry. These privately developed and distributed experiences are true to the creators vision and don't need to abide by a publishers rules. Thanks to crowdfunding, the low cost of games and digital distribution the indie game continues to thrive in today's market. Fortunately for gamers, they tend to be a cost effective way to get the most out of a video game purchase. We've compiled a list of our 10 favorite indie games that just happen to be 10 dollars (or below).

1) Undertale ($9.99)

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This beautiful indie title is an amazing example of a game that isn't just fun but also a deep emotional investment that shows you should never judge a book by its cover. The game has its share of heavy moments but ultimately players will love its charm, wit and killer soundtrack.

Available on: PC

2) The Deer God ($9.99)

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Experience a game that covers intricate themes like death and reincarnation all while challenging you with tough platforming along the way. The 3D pixel art is beautiful and playing as a deer is a unique experience that every gamer is sure to love as they leap through the 8 bit world.

Available on: PC, Mobile, Xbox One, PS4

3) Divekick ($4.99)

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Divekick is a two button fighting game that will either build a friendship or mercilessly tear it apart in a flurry of kicks. This game is a great example of how much a single move could impact a multiplayer experience. You will have to be clever, quick and ruthless in your quest to become the best at Divekick.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

4) Dear Esther ($9.99)

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Just stating it's a beautiful story game would be underplaying how wonderful this indie game actually is. Surrounded in mystery and intrigue, the game starts with a simple "Dear Esther" and the long journey begins. We won't say any more in fear of ruining the experience, but if you like story based games, give Dear Esther a try.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

5) Foul Play ($9.99)

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This quirky brawler has you taking control of the demon hunter, Baron Dashforth. A co-op adventure like no other, you and a friend will have a great time beating up bad guys in a staged retelling of the protagonist journey through a brutal land full of baddies.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One

6) Hotline Miami ($9.99)

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Hotline Miami is an intense gory experience that will confuse as much as it will satisfy. You take control of a serial killer/hitman that is ruthless to the gang members he brutalizes. With a variety of masks that offer different perks, the game has a ton of replay potential.

7) Hatoful Boyfriend ($9.99)

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Ever wanted to date a pigeon? Well then Hatoful Boyfriend is the indie game for you! This game is a dating sim like no other. A variety of pigeons will line up to be the one you pick as a significant other. I have no more to say, just go try this hilarious adventure.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita

8) Limbo ($9.99)

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Limbo is a classic in the indie game scene. This 2-D side scroller is filled with mystery, horror and you will have a great time figuring out the multitude of puzzles that fill this games black and white world.

9) Fez ($9.99)

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Take control of Gomez, a joyful critter that lives in a 2-D world... Until he doesn't! You quickly discover an object that shifts our protagonist into the 3-D world. Puzzles that utilize this mechanic are abound and while they are challenging, they are also extremely satisfying to conquer.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

10) Five Night's at Freddy's ($4.99)

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BOO! If that didn't scare you, this horrifying game will. A true test of courage, this game will forever go down as the titular jump scare experience. Take control of a security guard who probably has the worst job in the entire world, guarding a pizza place haunted by the animatronic animals that entertain its guests. Warning: Not for the weak of heart or easily frightened!

Available on: PC

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Assassin’s Creed Creator Explains Why He Left Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed - The Story Beneath The Surface

The creator of the popular action series, Assassin's Creed, revealed some of the reasons behind his exit from Ubisoft amid a lawsuit in 2013.

In an interview with Gameology, Patrice Desilets gave some of the reasons behind the leave from Ubisoft and why he struggled working for a large gaming company. One of the biggest reasons he detailed was the political lying that had to be done.

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"My biggest struggle with being in an organization is that I was the guy at the end or in the middle also… I was the guy doing interviews like what we're doing right now and I had to come up with political lying and I would receive comments and decisions made by other people and not me because it's all about compromising when you're in a big organization somehow," he said. "And as my role, the creative director, it's tough to live by the decisions of others when being in front of the camera or Skype and I said I'm not a really good liar so I can't do it anymore. And then I also realized that when you do a really big franchise, you also make money for other people and they don't really care about you (Laugh). So I said, enough! If I do another Assassin's Creed at least it would be for me and my guys and also for Quebec and for my people in Montreal." (http://bit.ly/2oXPsSp)

New Beginnings

Desilets explained that ultimately it was an extremely tough decision to make but him and his girlfriend agreed it was for the best. Now he heads a studio named, Panache. The small team is now at 24 employees and will ideally grow to about 30 by the time development is in full swing. Comparatively his team at Ubisoft was over 800 people strong.

The developer explained that his studio will make the mysterious game 1666: Amsterdam. The only information revealed about the game was that it deals with the bad side inside all of us and how every individual copes with that differently.

Much more was discussed in the interview, anyone interested in the gaming industry should definitely check it out here. It offers great insight into the politics behind Triple A games that many don't realize exists. It is easy to forget that the immense amount of people and work that are behind these spectacular games. The very talented Patrice Desilets is sure to be very successful at his new studio and Gigamax will be sure to have coverage of Panache's work. Be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news!

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