Dev Links: A Cast of Crabs


Among other things, today’s Developer Links include glances at the upcoming games BattleBlock Theater and Infested Planet and a look back on the development of the published game Anomaly Warzone Earth.

Proteus as a Writing Stimulus (prmrytchr)
“I wrote this excitable blog post the other week about an amazing virtual exploration game called Proteus. This afternoon, I was pleased to use it in the classroom for the first time.”

Postmortem: 11 Bit Studios’ Anomaly Warzone Earth (Gamasutra)
“The popular “inverted tower defense” game was the first created by 11 Bit Studios, a team of Polish veteran developers. Here, Paweł Miechowski, the studio’s senior writer, talks about the difficulties and successes of booting up and building a game at the same time.”

The Video Game Kickstarter Report – Week of January 25 (Zeboyd Games)
“Nothing huge this week but there are some interesting smaller projects going on.”

A Merch Store Appears! (Ska Studios)
“We have merch, folks! Well, we always had the merch on hand, but now we have a store front based out of our Bandcamp site. While we only have shirts for now, stay tuned for more good things in the future. We’ll be adding posters soon and even cooler stuff later this year! As always, you can grab sweet Ska tunes from the store and pay whatever you want for the music.”

J.U.L.I.A. Developer, Publisher Argue Over ‘Missing Payments’ (GamePolitics)
“Brighton, England-based publisher Lace Mamba Global has responded to recent accusations by developer CBE Software that it broke its publishing agreements for J.U.L.I.A. and J.U.L.I.A. Untold when it failed to deliver money the two companies “mutually agreed upon” or royalty payments. The developer claimed that it tried to resolve the issue with the publisher amicably but gave up on that after it received no response from the publisher. But Lace Mamba said that CBE Software’s statement was false and full of inaccuracies and that they had only recently become aware of CBE’s statement.”

Put On Your Game Face (Revisited) (AltDevBlogADay)
“About a year ago, I wrote a blog post here about a weekly blog series on our company blog called “Game Face”. A blog post revisiting a blog post about blog posts? It’s blog posts all the way down. As a refresher, “Game Face” is “our weekly round-up of our internal and external open source work at Agora Games. Internal open source refers to our public projects that you can find over at our Agora Games GitHub account. External open source work refers to projects that we contribute to in off-hours and may or may not have anything to do with video games because we’re swell folks like that.” How’d we do in our open source efforts over the last year? Read on…”

Rocket Report #3 (Rocket Bear Games Blog)
“What’s new in the world of Infested Planet these days?  This week was very productive for me.”

What’s Your Story, BattleBlock Prisoner? (The Behemoth Development Blog)
“This week, the BattleBlock Theater Close Beta Official Contest will be held on Co-Optimus. You have until the end of the work week (or school week) to enter in their contest for a chance to get a reserved spot just for you! The Behemoth will only accept 10,000 participants for the beta, which we will select based on a number of things, so these contests are a great opportunity to exercise your creativity and luck.”