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  1. Earlier this week, Fez developer Phil Fish was the unfortunate victim of a hack that exposed much of his personal, financial, and business info and passwords to the rest of the internet. While the identity of the hacker(s) remains a mystery (some have come forward and mentioned that they were from /v/ on 4chan and Anonymous), they mentioned that the act was in retaliation to his support of Zoe Quinn (developer of Depression Quest), who had herself been the victim of online harassment last week as well. Due to this turn of events, Fish has stated that he is departing the games industry all together and is looking to sell the rights to Fez and Polytron. "I would like to announce that Polytron and the Fez IP are now for sale," Fish mentioned on Twitter. "No reasonable offer will be turned down. I am done. I want out. RUN AWAY. Just don't do it. Give up your dreams. They are actually nightmares. Nothing is worth this. To every aspiring game developer out there: Don't. give up. It's not worth it. This is your audience. This is videogames." It's unknown if Fish will actually follow through despite announcing his intentions to do so. Last year, he announced that he was cancelling Fez II (just months after its announcement) and leaving the industry following a heated Twitter discussion about Microsoft's then-new decision to allow self-publishing on Xbox One. For now, we'll let you know if anything develops on this front and if any buyer steps forward in the coming days and weeks. Source: GiantBomb
  2. Jason Clement

    Fez Now Available on PC

    Fez originally released on the Xbox Live Indie Games service last year to critical acclaim, and we had previously heard that it was coming to other platforms this year as well. It looks like developer Phil Fish has lived up to his word on this, as Fez is now available for purchase on PC through Steam and GOG for $9.99. Fish also made sure to note that you can buy the game through Polytron's own humble store widget, which gives them a greater share of the profits (95% vs Steam's 70%, according to a recent Twitter update from Fish) in addition to getting you a DRM-free version of the game and a Steam key. It's been said that Polytron is also working with Sony to bring the game to PSN, but beyond that there are no official confirmations of Fez coming to other platforms just yet. Source: Polytron Are you going to check out Fez on PC?
  3. Marcus Estrada

    Fez Will Arrive on New Platforms in 2013

    Fez has had an interesting existence since its launch on XBLA back in April. It had taken years to arrive, and when it did, there was a lot of excitement. Unfortunately, the game ended up having some issues. A patch was issued to combat them, but it ended up creating another big issue for users. The patch was causing saves for some players saves to be deleted. Although Polytron initially stated they would fix this issue, they decided against it, realizing a second patch would not be free from Microsoft. Designer Phil Fish wrote up a post about 2012 and where he and the company will go from here. The most interesting portion is this: "For one, FEZ will finally be ported to other platforms. Yes, i“ve heard you, dozens of people emailing me everyday telling me how much of an idiot i am for not porting FEZ to everything. Beyond that however, the future is uncertain for polytron." Those who have been interested in playing Fez but lack a Microsoft system will finally be able to give it a shot. Well, presumably, as no specific platforms are mentioned. Hopefully before the porting process is underway they will fix the various issues the game had on launch. Beyond that, Polyton is also said to have a couple games in the works. We shall see if either of those see the light of day in 2013, or become famously delayed as Fez was.
  4. Christmas is just around the corner. While most responsible people have their shopping all done and gifts wrapped, there will always be the kind of people who wait until the last minute to get it done. Fear not, as we at Game Podunk have come up with two lists of last minute downloadable gift ideas for the gamers in your family. In fact, we comprised a list for those who need to shop for family friendly titles and a list for the more 'hardcore' gamers. Oh, and did we mention that it's all affordable too? Most console games are expensive, especially considering the economy nowadays, and though there's many that are well worth their higher asking price, we'll be focusing on quality games that are under $25. Check them out below! For the Whole Family Journey Platform: PSN (PS3 only) Price: $14.99 (USD) Offical GP Review A beautiful game that puts more focus on a deep, emotional narrative; exploring the vast scenery; and relying on random strangers to help you reach your goal; Journey is a game that doesn't just have stunning art but offers anonymous online players to help others who might be having some trouble getting to the huge mountain. This PSN only title might be on the short side (clocking in at 2 to 3 hours) but everyone in the family will want to play it over and over again. Rock Band Blitz Platform: PSN (PS3 only), XBLA Price: $14.99 (1200 MS points) Official GP Review Chances are, you've owned at least one entry in the peripheral instrument-based Rock Band series. And maybe you even splurged and got the full set: guitars, microphone, and drums. Rock Band Blitz takes the fun part of the series and makes it more accessible by removing the need for all those instruments. It comes with 25 tracks but you can also import your Rock Band 3 DLC to jam out to. It's also great to know that you can use the 25 tracks from Rock Band Blitz in Rock Band 3 whenever the hankering to dust off those plastic instruments. The Unfinished Swan Platform: PSN (PS3 only) Price: $14.99 Official GP Review Another short game that still manages to deliver on stunning graphics and touching story, The Unfinished Swan has players use their imagination and the ability to toss black paint to uncover the vast white world around the orphan Monroe as he sets out to find the titular unfinished swan in his favorite painting of his mother's. Crashmo Platform: 3DS eShop Price: $8.99 Crashmo is the follow-up to last year's eShop puzzler sleeper hit, Pushmo. It expands on the puzzle gameplay introduced in the first game by adding the ability to push blocks around the grid and in turn, letting blocks stacked above fall down. There are new special floating blocks and other puzzle elements added as well, ultimately making this a much more complex and satisfying game overall. For puzzle fans, this is quite possibly one of (if not the best) third person 3D puzzlers out there right now; don't miss it! Playstation Plus Platform: PSN (PS3 and Vita) Price: $49.99 for 12 months; $17.99 for 3 months Okay, maybe this one is cheating a little (since the higher tier subscription is over $25) but if you own a PlayStation 3 and haven't purchased a monthly subscription to Sony's PlayStation Plus, then you're missing out. Available in three month ($17.99) and twelve month ($49.99) purchases, it averages out to about $5 a month. The PlayStation Plus service doesn't just you give the ability to use the 1GB of online data storage for game saves; each month, Sony offers free games to your library as well as huge discounts on select titles. The catch is that free games are only accessible while your subscription is active, so it's comparable to a service like Netflix; however, any discounted titles that you pay for are yours to keep forever. For the More Experienced Gamers Fez Platform: XBLA Price: $9.99 (800 MS points) If you have a lover, family member, or friend who“s been begging for a game featuring a fez hat (Santa gets that request all the time), FEZ has got you covered. This little puzzle-platformer puts you in the 2-dimensional shoes of a little guy named Gomez. Living without a care in his 2D plane of existence, Gomez comes across a strange artifact that grants him his game“s namesake, which allows him to shift the dimensions of the world itself. In this game, players must solve puzzles and clear levels with this power as they help Gomez save the artifact that granted him the fez before it gets ripped to shreds. Spelunky Platform: XBLA Price: $14.99 (1200 MS points) Here“s a game that“s perfect for Indiana Jones, if he was into video games. Providing him with tons of cave exploration, rope-swinging action, and his biggest fear – snakes, he“d certainly feel right at home with Spelunky. This game has you playing as an explorer who stumbles upon a cave filled with treasure. The cave isn“t any normal cave, however... Seriously, before digitally gift-wrapping this downloadable, make sure the gift“s receiver can tolerate dying a billion and a half times, because this game is hard. Mainly, the hardcore difficulty is a result of the game“s randomized cave layout. Once you die and are transported back to the beginning of the level, you will quickly notice that the level has become completely different from what you just played before. This means you will have no choice but to die, die, and die again until you manage to beat a level in one go. Fortunately, Spelunky is also quite funny, so you“ll have something to help you calm your frustration a bit over the holidays. Mark of the Ninja Platform: XBLA Price: $14.99 (1200 MS points) Whether your loved ones love ninjas or just enjoy sneaking into the kitchen for late-night snacks without being seen, Mark of the Ninja is a stealthy little game that“s sure to take them by surprise. In this stealthy action platformer, you play as a ninja assassin sent to find the truth behind his mystical tattoos, which amplify his powers at the expense of his mind“s slow destruction. The story is an interesting one with a variety of different choices, which is sure to keep you invested while hiding in the shadows, sneaking up on victims of your razor-sharp katana, and doing whatever else ninjas are prone to do. And with such slick controls, being a ninja has never felt better. Trine 2: Director's Cut Platform: Wii U Price: $19.99 (on sale for $14.99 until 1/4/13) Non-Director's Cut version also available on Steam for $14.99 regularly, as well as on XBLA, PSN, Mac OS X, and Linux. If you or your loved ones had the opportunity to purchase a Nintendo Wii U, or are getting one for Christmas, Trine 2: Director“s Cut is a great downloadable title to add to its library. It“s not only an insanely pretty game, but it“s so good in general that many of the more expensive games currently out for the console don“t even match it. This physics-based puzzle-platforming title puts players in control of three heroes, each of whom have been bound to a single entity, and the player must switch between the three as they try and find out how to progress through each level. Tokyo Jungle Platform: PSN (PS3 only) Price: $14.99 Official GP Review Tokyo Jungle is without a doubt one of the most unique games of the year. Set in a bleak, post-apocalyptic future where humans have disappeared, you play as one of 40+ different animals who either used to be household pets or have escaped from the zoo, and your only purpose is to survive in the iron wilderness of a Tokyo that's been overrun by nature. Though the mechanics are somewhat simple (eat, mate, defend yourself, and survive), the random variables the game presents (weather, pollution, what animals are in a certain areas) all make each playthrough a fairly unique experience and one of the must-play games of the year. Article was written by Jordan Haygood and Elizabeth. You can follow them on Twitter as @KaptainJ and @TheLiztress.
  5. Jason Clement

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  6. Marcus Estrada

    Revoked Fez Patch Not Getting Fixed After All

    Back in June, Fez received a patch that was promptly pulled. While it did fix a bunch of bugs in the game it also created a rather glaring new one. Some users who downloaded the patch found their game saves were wiped afterward. With such a massive issue, Polytron responded quickly and earnestly and Fez fans went on playing without an update. Today there was word from Polytron again saying that they will not fix the patch and just have it go back online. Here's the first few sentences from their post: "We“re bringing the first FEZ patch online. It“s the same patch. We“re not going to patch the patch. Why not? Because microsoft would charge us tens of thousands of dollars to re-certify the game." That's the gist of it. Microsoft does indeed charge for patches as they must go through a certification process and all that jazz. True, they managed to let the patch initially get out, but it would be more the fault of Polytron for not being able to spy the possible massive issue themselves. It's not Microsoft's job to play developer, after all. It seems odd that Polytron wouldn't have just made this announcement earlier, seeing as how Microsoft's pricing policies aren't exactly surprises sprung on people at the last minute. Either way, they have said that the save game issue only happens on "less than a percent of players" so it's not a big deal overall. If you have the save issue then sorry! Polytron will just probably point you toward an eventual PC release since their system exclusivity is set to expire in a few months.
  7. Jordan Haygood


    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

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  8. Creating video games takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Any game developer would tell you that. At least, they should. But there“s a difference between working hard with a lot of professionals while big-name publishers dedicate a lot of money into a project and working hard with few to no other people besides yourself while being on an extremely limited budget. These types of games are known as independent games for those very reasons. But out of all these indie games (not to be confused with Indiana Jones games), which ones actually shine? Which out of all the many low-budget games out there are the ones that are worth playing? Well, in the spirit of Independence Day, I thought we should look into that. Ranging from retro platformers to blocky builders, here is a selection of 10 indie games (in no particular order) that are worth your time. Super Meat Boy -Team Meat- In an era where games are being dumbed down for children to play without raging uncontrollably like I did back in the day, it“s refreshing to get a game that challenges us like a true retro game. Paying homage to the difficulty of yore, Super Meat Boy takes you through vicious meat-grinding traps that you must complete by jumping through levels with extreme accuracy. This game started out as nothing but a Flash game, but is now readily available across various different platforms to those seeking a challenging platformer. Cave Story -Studio Pixel- While we“re on the subject of retro indie games, Cave Story is about as retro as they come. With a style directly influenced by classic NES games, even going so far as to include a completely (and extremely catchy) 8-bit soundtrack, Cave Story is a fantastic example of a great platformer. And not only is the game very retro, but it is also very indie, created originally by only one man – Daisuke “Pixel†Amaya. And once the well-deserving game caught widespread gamer attention, it has since been remade in the forms of Cave Story + and Cave Story 3D. So if you“re one for NES-style games, you now have no excuse for not owning this game. Limbo -Playdead- If you“re looking for a creepier, grittier platformer, Limbo is for you. And boy, I mean creepy (seriously, repeatedly running into a giant killer spider is no laughing matter!). Featuring an emotionless, glowy-eyed silhouette with no name, Limbo takes the player through color-rich levels (by which I mean white, grey, and black) of platforming and puzzles as he tries to get to his sister in the horrors of Purgatory. It“s a beautifully-made indie game, and if you have the opportunity, this game is worth a playthrough. Braid -Number None, Inc.- Here“s a platformer that uses a rather unique element – time manipulation. In Braid, the hero must travel through several levels to save a princess. But rather than travelling through pipes, you must travel through time. Forwards, backwards, side-to-side; you“ll find yourself doing all sorts of crazy things in order to solve the platforming puzzles each level has to offer. It“s also a visually-striking game with a brilliant soundtrack to boot, so there“s absolutely no reason you shouldn“t try this game out. Fez -Polytron- Here“s a little puzzle/platformer that has given us something we all have been asking for: a game about a magical fez hat. The game has you playing as a little guy living happily in a 2D plane of existence until a strange artifact grants him his awesome fez, which allows him to see the world in the third-dimension. Players are given the ability to rotate the world as they solve puzzles and clear levels on their way to help the protagonist save the fez-granting artifact before his own world gets ripped apart. It“s fun, like all these other games, and like all these other ones, you should play it. Besides, fezzes are cool (Doctor Who reference right there). World of Goo -2D Boy- Have you ever wondered the possibilities goo could bring to the world of gaming? 2D Boy certainly has, which is why they decided to create a game all about it. World of Goo is a curious little puzzle game that gives players several different species of goo scattered across various different worlds, and you must use each goo“s specific abilities to solve the puzzles to pass each level. It“s a unique concept that is also insanely fun once you do the smart thing and play it. By the way, that was your cue. Play it! Bastion -Supergiant Games- Bastion is an interesting indie game that does things most other games do not. One of these things is the dynamic voiceover the game has as the narrator tells the story of "the Kid," who sets off to collect special shards of rock needed to power a place called the Bastion after the apocalypse struck. It's an action RPG that takes you through fantastic-looking worlds while the narrator tells the player every little thing the Kid does. Sure, it could get annoying at times, but it's a cool little feature that makes the game unique. All in all, Bastion is a great indie game that's more than worth a look. Skullgirls -Reverge Labs- This game“s a recent one, but it“s already proven itself to be awesome. In a fighting game, you“re normally given a roster that“s at least 80% male, but Skullgirls tries a new approach by making its roster 100% female (hence the “girls†part). Each kick-ass chick in this indie fighter has their own unique abilities that give you plenty of variety to decide which character is best for you. Just about anyone can pick up and play this game, but if you“d like to become a pro, there are several tutorials that cover concepts that“ll not only help you dominate Skullgirls, but just about any fighting game out there. So if you“re looking to become a great virtual fighter or just looking to participate in cartoony cat fights, get this game. Journey -thatgamecompany- Here“s another game that“s pretty recent, but its developer certainly isn“t new. Known for such games as flOw and Flower, thatgamecompany“s newest game, Journey, is quite possibly their finest. Featuring a character in robes, your objective is to “journey†through the vast desert to reach a mountain in the distance. You can journey through Journey alone or with online players, but the experience will always be deep and captivating in its own right. So if you“re into games that put you in a virtual nirvana like flOw and Flower, Journey is the game to play. Minecraft -Mojang- Minecraft… Oh, Minecraft… As far as indie games go, this one if probably one of the most popular. At first glance, this blocky builder seems simple and strange, but once you start playing it, you realize just how deep and addicting it can actually be. And any one of the bajillion Minecraft addicts out there can vouch for that. And the main reason it“s so addicting? Well, the game doesn“t actually end. It“s a sandbox game that allows you to create, destroy, and rebuild the world any way you please. That“s about the gist of it, but it“s all the reason gamers need to never stop playing. So maybe you should give it a go too, if you haven“t played it already. I warn you though; you may become infected by the addiction virus yourself…