JUEGOS RANCHEROS’ FISTFUL OF INDIES: MAY 2014


5.15.2014

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Every month, as part of the regular monthly meetings of the Austin, TX independent game community JUEGOS RANCHEROS, we do a very casual & chatty rundown of the ten or so games from the previous month for the audience, to give people — especially those curious onlookers from outside the indie community itself — a look at what they may have missed. The featured games are both local and global, and both indie and, on occasion, a bit-bigger-budget — what binds them together is simply that they’re all amazing.

In keeping with the tongue-in-tobacco-packed-cheek tone, we call these run-downs A Fistful of Indies, which are presented here on Venus Patrol for your reference, each fully-annotated, -linked, and off-the-cuff blurbed, in addition to their home on the JUEGOS RANCHEROS site.

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VENUS PATROL & MOCATV RETURNING JUNE 12TH FOR THE HORIZON PRESS CONFERENCE


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5.7.2014

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Following what I think we all can pretty much agree was an amazing lineup last year, I’m super happy to announce that Venus Patrol will once again be partnering with LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art to present the next installment of HORIZON: an alternative press conference that showcases beautiful, original games from studios both small and large.

The conference will be held at 10AM PST on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 — the same week as this year’s E3 expo — and hopes to give you a second dose of games as exciting as the ones we brought you last year, like Below, Sportsfriends, Hohokum, Kachina and, well, you remember last year’s big surprise still, don’t you.

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If you’d like your game to be considered for the showcase, we’ve set up this survey for you to fill out over the next week. While we won’t be able to show everything submitted, we hope to once again highlight a selection that provides an alternative to the genre of games typically announced that week.

If you’re a member of the press, invites to the event will be headed your way shortly — so save the date now — email horizon@venuspatrol.com if you’re especially excited about attending and we’ll do what we can to make sure you’re there!

Thanks again to MOCAtv, Sarah Brin and our sponsors — who this year include Humble Bundle — for making this year’s conference possible, and see above to rewatch last year’s conference in its entirety if this is the first you’ve heard of this whole affair!

We hope to have much more to say about HORIZON in the coming weeks — and hope you’re as excited about the conference as we are!

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HEY AUSTIN: NEXT THURSDAY, COME JOIN THE LEAGUE OF SPORTSFRIENDS!


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4.24.2014

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[This post is re-blogged from Venus Patrol sister-organization JUEGOS RANCHEROS, our local Austin indie game collective.]

You may have caught little snippets throughout the history of JUEGOS RANCHEROS meetups, but the time has finally come to bring it all together! Join us at Austin’s North Door next Thursday, May 1st, at 7:00PM, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the first look at the final release of Sportsfriends, the new gold-standard indie multiplayer collection.

[ RSVP FOR THIS EVENT AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK BY CLICKING HERE! ]

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We introduced Austin to Sportsfriends mainstay Johann Sebastian Joust a full three years ago (!), and again many times since, but — with the collection having just passed Sony certification and been cleared for release on PS3 & PS4 — this will be the first time to catch the final version of all four Sportsfriends games under one roof!

As you can see previewed in the video above, included will be Foddy’s Pole Riders, Ramiro Corbetta’s Hokra, Noah Sasso’s BaraBariBall, and… what’s this? Hmmmmm… I can’t quite tell, but it feels like a version of J.S. Joust that will feel right at home in Austin…

With any luck, we’ll also have some wicked prizes for the local champions, so you’re definitely going to want to meet us Thursday, May 1st, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702! The show is free and open to all the public — come drink, play, and meet the people changing the way you think about videogames!


HASHTAG: LISTEN TO TRU LUV’S TWO-HOUR MIX FOR THAT PARTY


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4.14.2014

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Now that you’ve probably worn deep grooves into Wave Patrol — the Arcane Kids mix released a few weeks back from That Venus Patrol Wild Rumpus Party — here comes another set that’ll likely be in heavy rotation for the foreseeable future.

# (that’s ‘hashtag’) is a two-hour mix put together by Christopher ‘tru luv‘ Hedborg, a name you’ll recognize from his earlier game work like Eleven and as co-founder of art/game collective #weirdkids.

In addition to that group having just exhibited at Berlin’s Amaze Festival, Hedborg’s been devoting much more time to his musical output as tru luv, including #ghosts — a forthcoming collaboration with Moscow-based artist Pixelord.

Above, then is the # mix in its entirety (with cover art by Natalie ‘coffeemakescreative‘ Hanke), which you can also find & listen to via its mixcloud page, right over here.


TIGSOURCE DEVLOG: THE VISUAL SHOWCASE OF AWESOME NEW GAMES, ISSUE #21


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4.11.2014

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[Fridays on Venus Patrol are developer Andrea 'Bandreus' Portale's day to present TIGSource DevLog Magazine, a visual guide to the newest & most interesting in-development games making the rounds on the invaluable TIGSource forums. Looking for inspiration, or just the very first look at the amazing games we'll be talking about in the future? Click any image to learn more, and come back on Fridays for the latest picks!]

With PAX East having kicked off today, the latest issue of the TIGSource DevLog looks at a number of indie projects from the forums which are being showcased in Boston through Sunday.

The Indie Megabooth alone is home to a staggering number of games featured below, including: Chasm, Delver’s Drop, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition. At the accompanying Minibooth, you’ll be able to find Burrito Galaxy, Relativity and Rex Rocket.

Elsewhere, following news that both Rain World and Oblitus have struck a deal with Adult Swim Games, you’ll be able to find both at that publisher’s booth.

As usual, check back next Friday for a new issue!


JUEGOS RANCHEROS’ FISTFUL OF INDIES: APRIL 2014


4.9.2014

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Every month, as part of the regular monthly meetings of the Austin, TX independent game community JUEGOS RANCHEROS, we do a very casual & chatty rundown of the ten or so games from the previous month for the audience, to give people — especially those curious onlookers from outside the indie community itself — a look at what they may have missed. The featured games are both local and global, and both indie and, on occasion, a bit-bigger-budget — what binds them together is simply that they’re all amazing.

In keeping with the tongue-in-tobacco-packed-cheek tone, we call these run-downs A Fistful of Indies, which are presented here on Venus Patrol for your reference, each fully-annotated, -linked, and off-the-cuff blurbed, in addition to their home on the JUEGOS RANCHEROS site.

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TIGSOURCE DEVLOG: THE VISUAL SHOWCASE OF AWESOME NEW GAMES, ISSUE #20


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4.4.2014

Andrea Portale

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[Fridays on Venus Patrol are developer Andrea 'Bandreus' Portale's day to present TIGSource DevLog Magazine, a visual guide to the newest & most interesting in-development games making the rounds on the invaluable TIGSource forums. Looking for inspiration, or just the very first look at the amazing games we'll be talking about in the future? Click any image to learn more, and come back on Fridays for the latest picks!]

With the amount of projects being discussed weekly on TIGSource and only limited space at my disposal, it often happens that a number of genuinely interesting devlogs don’t get a spot in this magazine, including games which have been previously been featured well over a year ago but are still in active development! To help at least partially remedy that, this week we’re bringing back a few of those: Somewhere, Elliot Quest, Master Spy and Son of Nor.

But also especially noteworthy is NAVE. The folks at Video Gamo have been touring every corner of Argentina with their awesome custom-built cabinet for the past year, and are now looking into crossing the border with the cabinet. The plan is to possibly bring it to next year’s GDC, though they can’t make it without other people’s help. Here’s wishing them the best!

Be sure to check back next Friday for more: with PAX East just around the corner, we’ll be using the opportunity to showcase some of the games that’ll be showing up in Boston next weekend!


KEITA TAKAHASHI’S LEGEND OF ROMANTICS T-SHIRTS NOW SHIPPING WORLDWIDE


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4.3.2014

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Here’s some hopefully happy news for folks who couldn’t manage to make it out to That Party — the Venus Patrol Shop has just been refreshed & our new Legend of Romantics T-shirt is now shipping worldwide!

The shirt’s the latest in Keita Takahashi & Venus Patrol’s ‘Videogame Romantics’ line & comes in two colorways: MIDNIGHT (above), which features glow in the dark ink that lets the stars & ‘legendary objects’ shine through the evening…

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…and ATHLETICS, printed navy on heather-grey — perfect for jogging or whichever calisthenic endeavor you personally prefer.

If you pick up one of the new shirts or already have, don’t forget to add yourself to the Wall of Romantics by submitting a selfie here!

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TIGSOURCE DEVLOG: THE VISUAL SHOWCASE OF AWESOME NEW GAMES, ISSUE #19


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3.28.2014

Andrea Portale

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[Fridays on Venus Patrol are developer Andrea 'Bandreus' Portale's day to present TIGSource DevLog Magazine, a visual guide to the newest & most interesting in-development games making the rounds on the invaluable TIGSource forums. Looking for inspiration, or just the very first look at the amazing games we'll be talking about in the future? Click any image to learn more, and come back on Fridays for the latest picks!]

With GDC and the IGF Awards at our backs, you’d think the indies could take it easy for at least a few days, but you’d be wrong!

This week’s issue of the Devlog is a round up of some very interesting projects — a few of which have been in development for quite some time already.

And given that EGX Rezzed is in full swing in Birmingham right now, and will be through Sunday the 30th, this issue features some of the indie games being displayed there, including TinyKeep, Kaiju Panic and Light — all of which are playable there, along with Narcissus (which was previously featured in Issue #16).


HEY AUSTIN: NEXT THURSDAY, COME PLAY NATASHA ALLEGRI & MAJOR BUENO’S MUSCLECAT SHOWDOWN


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3.27.2014

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[This post is re-blogged from Venus Patrol sister-organization JUEGOS RANCHEROS, our local Austin indie game collective.]

Bummed out that you missed the debut of the ultimate game of competitive feline poise & grace? Then join us next Thursday, April 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents Musclecat Showdown, a new game from Major Bueno & Bee and Puppycat creator Natasha Allegri!

[ RSVP FOR THIS EVENT AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK BY CLICKING HERE! ]

Musclecat Showdown was originally conceived & devised for That Venus Patrol Wild Rumpus Party at this year’s Game Developers Conference — which went down barely a week or so ago — and ended up being so amazing that we’re ready for it to begin its world-tour, starting right here in Austin!

In it — as captured above by David ‘CandyHam‘ Vileta — both players act as playground-conflict mediators between two rival schoolchildren, who settle their score by having an afterschool house-pet pose-off.

In phase one, you’ll get pumped in your respective full-length mirrors, and then meet on the field for the showdown itself! Follow your owner’s directions or get squirted with spray-bottles! Do them proud and find out who is the real ultimate musclecat!

Doors will be open Thursday, April 3rd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702! The show is free and open to all the public — come drink, play, and meet the people changing the way you think about videogames!