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Friday, September 01, 2006

Smallfry site tweaks, new games and more rAge

This post is a little overdue. Two developers left 5DT last week, and with Friday being their last day we went out for a lunch at Baobab in Menlyn, so I didn't get a chance to post anything new then.

Smallfry stuff
We made some changes to to put more emphasis on the games, as well as better organize the information for each game. This also conincides with the 'official' release of BubbleBee QuickType and Brik-Link.

I was hoping to have added ClickGamer try/buy links for both games as well as for abYss by the time I posted about the changes, but unfortunately they haven't got around to adding our content yet so that will have to wait. For now, check out the new streamlined game pages and especially the BBQT and Brik-Link hiscore tables on their respective pages. You can also download demos of both games from and see if you can beat the scores already up there.
We are (or should I say Chris is) already working on our next title, and if the early prototype is anything to go by it's going to be super addictive! We've also got something commercial in the works, but I'll keep that under wraps until it's all confirmed ;)

rAge is now a month away, and I can hardly wait. It's now official that the Xbox 360 will be unveiled there on September 29, and along with the impending release there has been a flurry activity on forums, retailers sites and even on, which now has a South African page (and a dedicated SA forum as well).
The Game.Dev stuff is also shaping up well, it looks like it's going to be far more prominant than last year's lectures hidden away in a dark little office, and it looks as if the prize money on offer has resulted in a huge number of entries for the Game.Dev management game compo.
The last of the Nag LAN tickets sold out yesterday, so there will definitely be 1200 smelly, groggy-eyed gamers wandering around the venue bitching about flat pin plugs, harassing booth babes and playing the odd game :)
More important than the main LAN (for me, anyway), is the informal PSP/DS WiFi LAN that we're organizing in the Dome foodcourt on Saturday. The closer we get to the event, the more players it seems we'll have. Conservatively, I expect we'll have a steady attendance over the five hours of at least 20 gamers-and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people that just happen to have their handhelds there as well sit down and join us for the hell of it. I really hope this does well so we can try and organize something official next year. It'll be tough keeping the DS and PSP players from slitting each other's throats, but that's half the fun ;)



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