Indie Links Round-Up: This Old House


Today’s Indie Links has a Notch interview, an in-depth piece on LA Game Space, and several announcements from big name developers.

An interview with Minecraft’s maker (Video) (Polygon)
“An interview with Mojang’s Markus “Notch” Persson.”

LA Game Space begins transformation this month (Polygon)
“The LA Game Space — an initiative that was successfully funded on Kickstarter to provide a nurturing environment for game makers, game players and those with any interest in games — begins its warehouse transformation this month, according to an update on its Kickstarter campaign.”

Expect more humorous open-world games from Brian Provinciano (Joystiq)
“”I’m definitely going to be doing more open-world comedy stuff in the future, but it might not be my next game,” Retro City Rampage creator Brian Provinciano told Joystiq following a GDC panel where he broke down sales of his game across the various platforms.”

Battleblock Theater review: Bring some friends and beat ’em up (Joystiq)
“Every week, a group of friends and I get together to watch the television show, The Walking Dead. By “watch” I mean we make fun of the terrible acting and bemoan the missing parts that made the comic so good. It’s a joyful, heartfelt tradition that we look forward to each week, and not much distracts us from this routine. Except, of course, a really good excuse to beat each other up.”

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space Review (Indie Game Reviewer)
“It will take me longer to write this review than it took me to play Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. By design, the game is almost shockingly brief, and, as promised by the developers, can be played from beginning to end in under 30 minutes. It’s like the flash fiction of gaming; it doesn’t weigh you down with too much backstory, complexity, or depth, it just gives you a spaceship, a map, and a fixed amount of time. For some, that’s going to be a major turnoff, for others it may be just the quick hit they are looking for.”

Analogue sequel Hate Plus formally announced (Shacknews)
“It’s high time we started preparing for the awakening of our digital betters. Thankfully, Christine Love is coming back with a third AI tale in the visual novel series she kicked off with Digital: A Love Story. While Analogue: A Hate Story skipped centuries ahead of Digital, Hate Plus will follow directly on, and even continue from your save file.”

Quiet Christmas (Indie Gamer Chick)
“It’s been about a year since I reviewed Quiet, Please!, a pleasant little mix of puzzles and point-and-click adventures.  I enjoyed it, even though it wasn’t exactly the deepest game.  It was also a shorty at around thirty minutes.  To this day, I still get people complaining that I didn’t give a thumbs up to City Tuesday, yet a game like Quiet, Please! got my recommendation, even though they were similar in length and style.  The difference between the two is Quiet felt finished and fully realized, while City Tuesday felt like it was just starting at the moment it ended, making the overall impact of the game unsatisfactory.”

The first Dragon Fantasy, a wonderful old-school JRPG-style game, is coming to PS3 and Vita. (Video) (Kotaku)
“No release date quite yet.”