Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Submission + - Procedural Death Jam to benefit OpenGameArt.org (opengameart.org)

lars_doucet writes: There's a new name for "games with RogueLike Elements": Procedural Death Labyrinth. The new genre term encompasses everything from FTL to Spelunky, and is the center-piece of a new game jam that is benefiting OpenGameArt.org, a site for freely licensed art assets for use indie games.

Procedural Death Jam will run for 7 days starting March 8th, and will be a "sister jam" to the popular 7-day roguelike challenge. The events aren’t competing with one another, but cross-promoting instead.

DRM

Submission + - SimCity vs. Piracy & The Four Currencies (Video) (youtube.com)

lars_doucet writes: "The SimCity debacle is another example of AAA publishers resorting to DRM because "game developers can't compete with free."

But piracy is only "free" in terms of Money-dollars ($M). There's also Time-dollars ($T), Pain-in-the-butt-dollars ($P), and Integrity-dollars ($I). If we look at the total "4-currency" cost, we can see that piracy is not only not "free," but that there's plenty of opportunities for legitimate services to compete through convenience ($T), service ($P), and appealing to higher principles ($I).

This short video explains the whole theory, showing how SimCity's always-online DRM not only misses a golden opportunity, but shoots itself in the foot and actually *raises* its four-currency cost well above that of piracy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP7KUVfx9ec"

Games

Submission + - Steam Linux Sale - 3x as many Linux sales as Mac! (gamasutra.com)

lars_doucet writes: "I'm an independent game developer lucky enough to be on Steam. Recently, the Steam Linux client officially went public and was accompanied by a site-wide sale.

The Linux sale featured every single Linux-compatible game on the service, including our cross-platform game Defender's Quest. In preparation for this article, I asked the good people of Reddit's /r/linux_gaming subreddit what sort of data they'd like to see, and today I'd like to answer both their questions and yours.

Bottom line: during the sale we saw nearly 3 times as many Linux sales of the game as Mac (Windows still dominated overall)."

Slashdot Top Deals

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. -- Leonardo da Vinci

Working...