Microsoft’s HoloLens The Future Is Here!

At the windows 10 Event the other day Microsoft announced possibly the coolest thing i have ever heard of. Something i have been waiting for since a child.. Augmented Reality. This is not just another Oculus Rift clone, in fact the idea and use is completely different but just as amazing.

Microsoft HoloLens Trailer:

Augmented Reality unlike Virtual Reality is where you blend and real and digital world together. Sort of like printing a digital canvas over what we see and hear in the real world that will enhance it and make things a lot more fun and informative. Just imagine walking down the street and with just a single glance being able to tell a store’s opening times and if an item is in stock. Or making games and movies much more immersive and realistic.With a hologram being projected right in front of your eyes through a crystal clear display you will be able to see and hear in three dimensions as you see bullets and smoke fly past you enhancing the experience to a whole new level.

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The technology or concept is not something particular new. The idea has been around for a while now but as of yet there has not been a simple compatible consumer device backed by a large corporation to bring it to mass market. Something the technology really needs if it is ever going to go mainstream. Microsoft has done just that and it sort of feels as though the designs concept in Windows 8 and the new Xbox One are starting to make a little more sense.

Full Pretension From Microsoft:

Indie Games Are dead?

Indie Games Are dead? Of course not that is a stupid question. But a questions that a few crazy people seem to be being up the past few days. Clearly indie games are not dead, there is still a huge audience activly looking, funding and buying indie games. You just have to look at the stats and sales on IndieDB, Desura, and Steam to see this is crazy talk.

  1. http://www.desura.com/
  2. http://www.indiedb.com/
  3. http://steamcommunity.com/greenlight
  4. http://www.kickstarter.com/

Hell Steam, one of the biggest digital distributors in the industry just Launched its Greenlight service to help Indie Devs get their games out there, why? Because they see it as a viable business opportunity to invest it.

Any Indie Dev that goes in just for the money is going to fail. I could easily make 10x as much money in half the time using my programming skills to write boring business applications. But I don’t, because I am in it for the games, to make something unique and interesting.

Indie Dev is hard work if you are not in it for the games, you will not make it to the end. Ask any serious IndieDev they will tell you two things. One, i wish i could sleep more, and two how they take their daily caffine hits (Coca Cola, Tea, Coffee, UndeadFred Zombie Cookie Cutters, Mana Energy Potion) that wasnt a joke they are real:

A small collection of Indie Games do become successfull and most do fail. Becuases teams go in with huge ambitions of making lots of money in a couple of months and making a AAA game. When in fact that is completely the wrong approuch. Trying to compete with a AAA studio is crazy, they have more time, money, marketing budgets, and people. The area Indie Games really shine in is trying unique and interesting core game play mechanics. The kind of mechanics that a AAA studio would not risk the cost of a full team of developers on, because they are not “Market Proven”.

Like any buissness venture you need to know your market. Indies Gamers are not looking for AAA games or another Call of Duty clone. They are looking for something different, something unique, something fun, something that is not just another AAA clone with new models and textures.

I am hoping someone will back me up here, I am starting to second guess my own decisions (I need sleep), these kinds of people make me want to give up.
Am i wrong here guys and gals?

GamerKnight
Days of Valor: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dov
Blog: https://gamerknight.wordpress.com/
Twiter: https://twitter.com/gamerknightx

The Free Indie Bundle

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http://www.thefreebundle.com/

I am still surprised by the number of people that haven’t heard of The Free Indie Bundle. Its on of my favourite bundles and they often have amazing indie games that are normally commercial titles. If you have some extra time to spare or just looking for something a little different to play this is defiantly the bundle for you.

Being an indie games developer myself I think its about time more free indie games got some good press. There are so many great indie games out there that are unsuccessful for the sole reason no one knows about them.

From what I have seen so far most of the games will work on Windows, Mac and Linux.

GamerKnight
Days of Valor: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dov
Blog: https://gamerknight.wordpress.com/
Twiter: https://twitter.com/gamerknightx

Age of Empires II HD on steam

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Some amazing news today guys and gals, Ensemble Studios the makers of the Age of Empires series is re-releasing Age of Empires II on steam, with full support for Steam Workshop. I can wait to see all the mods the community is going to start releasing.

One of the biggest selling points for me is multi-monitor support and high resolution game play. This is arguably one of the best RTS games ever made. I have great memories of playing black forest, chopping deep into the woods and building 100+ walls to keep out the enemy was hours of fun.

It is on sale until the 9th of April 2013, and if you pre-order before the 9th you will get special early access from the 5th April 2013.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/

This is well worth picking up for steam support and bug fixes, playing AoE II after vista was tedious at times. There is a reason steam is so popular, it makes it so easy to download and play games. A side note you can still play the original Age of Empires II online using GamerRanger: http://www.gameranger.com/

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GamerKnight
Days of Valor: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dov
Blog: https://gamerknight.wordpress.com/
Twiter: https://twitter.com/gamerknightx

Hardware: Shipbreakers

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Hardware: Shipbreaker
Dev’s Behind the Homeworld franchise release a teaser trailer for their new game Hardware: Ship Breakers.

The developers over at BlackBird Interactive have released a teaser trailer for their new game. The game is called Hardware: Shipbreakers. There is very little info at the moment, but the trailer is Epic.

You can sign up to be a part of the first wave of beta testers at:
http://longmarchindustries.com/.

Unreal Engine 4 “Infiltrator” Real-Time Demo

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At GDC 2013, Epic Games released the Unreal Engine 4 “Infiltrator” demo, running 100% in-engine in real time, showing off UE4’s high-end rendering features as well as the latest too.

GamerKnight
Days of Valor: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dov
Blog: https://gamerknight.wordpress.com/
Twiter: https://twitter.com/gamerknightx

Steam Early Access

earlyaccessbanner What is Steam Early Access?

“Get immediate access to games that are being developed with the community’s involvement. These are games that evolve as you play them, as you give feedback, and as the developers update and add content.

We like to think of games and game development as services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community. There have been a number of prominent titles that have embraced this model of development recently and found a lot of value in the process. We like to support and encourage developers who want to ship early, involve customers, and build lasting relationships that help everyone make better games.” - Steam

This is great news for Indie Developers and something i hope to be using in the not to distant future. I think it is very important for games to development around their community. People want great games, games designer want to make great games, and steam is trying to bridge the gap.

GamerKnight
Days of Valor: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dov
Twiter: https://twitter.com/gamerknightx