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Official Minecraft LEGO

In which Minecraft comes full circle. My friends and I have long referred to Minecraft as “Grown-up LEGOs” and now it’s regular LEGOs, too.

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Spelunky For Xbox Live Progress Report

Just a reminder to you, the Extra Future reader, that one of my favorite games of last year is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and it looks great.

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Lost Garden on Video Game Heroes and Fandom

The article is games-specific, but I find that it applies to any creative media: Games, film, music, web development. Many points and questions worth digesting, especially the central question: Are the games you have fandom for WORTH your time and love?

Much of modern fandom is mired in what appears, to me, to be an abusive relationship.

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Plants vs. Zombies for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

One of my favorite games of 2009, released for one of my favorite devices for the slim price of $2.99. Worth every penny.

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TIGSource User Oryx’s 8-bit Fantasy Graphics Tiles

These are all absolutely gorgeous. They include tiny (8×8) first person dungeon crawl tiles!

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Epic Games Releases Unreal Development Kit

The hyper-expensive and sometimes-maligned Unreal Engine gets a free / indie version. The Unreal Development Kit is free for non-commercial use, and $2500 per-seat for commercial games.

With Unity making a similar offering last week, the independent games scene is only going to get better.

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2d Boy: Results of the “Pay-What-You-Want” World of Goo Sale

Great detail and some analysis from 2d boy. Points of interest:

  • A not-insignificant portion of purchases were for less than 30 cents, which PayPal took all of.
  • There are a lot of charts and stuff in the post, I love them for the amount of detail they’ve gone into and shared with the rest of us.
  • They say 57,000 copies at about 2.03 per copy. By my math, that’s $115,710, not counting PayPal fees OR the spike in their Steam (+40%) and WiiWare (+9%) sales over the same period. Not a bad chunk of change.
  • They’ve extended the sale to October 25th. If you haven’t bought it yet, the only way to redeem yourself is to do so now, and pay more than $2.03.

Overall, sounds like a win for everybody.

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World of Goo Birthday Sale

For World of Goo’s 1st birthday, 2d Boy are having a “pay whatever you want” sale, for the PC, Mac and Linux versions of the game. There is no excuse not to buy this.

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TIGSource on Indie Brawl’s First Public Release

The independent games answer to Super Smash Brothers. Featuring 16-bit art, beautiful chiptune music and your favorite indie games characters.

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The Experimental Gameplay Project Relaunches

The return of the video game prototype contest/community that spawned World of Goo and Crayon Physics.

via Andy Baio

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@Play: 2009 7DRL Winners, Part Three

John Harris concludes his look at the 2009 7-Day Roguelike competition.

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Invaders! Possibly from Space!

A video game based on the “Raiders of the Lost Arcade” segment of the Futurama episode “Anthology of Interest 2“.

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Braid Released for Mac OS X

Jonathan Blow’s 2008 independent games masterpiece is now available for the Mac. If you haven’t played it yet, you are missing out, and you no longer have an excuse.

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Amazon.com Now Selling Xbox Live Arcade Games

This is a pretty big deal. Amazon selling download codes for XBLA games is a good step for retailers getting in on the downloadable action, which will get more exposure to download-only games, which will get everybody paid more. I hope.