#indiegames and #gamedev Now at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

1 08 2017

This year I was lucky enough to be able to attend to this years Comic-Con in San Diego, California. I was able to see the latest in games, movies, TV, and other entertainment.  The expo hall at the convention center in downtown San Diego was well organized, all of the gaming companies where in  one section of the hall (the end). Here you can see the latest games from Xbox, Capcom, Nintendo, Blizzard, and Namco Bandai (see pics below).  Nintendo was showing off their latest game, Super Mario Odyssey. Capcom was showing off Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. Xbox was showing the latest from Shadow of Mordor series. Also Bandai was showing Tekken 7,

 

Also, as a convention first, they introduced a Indie Game Meetup called Game Creator Connection, here you can meet with industry experts to get feedback on your game and get sage advice on anything in the field. The only drawback I had we only had time to only meet one expert. Hopefully next year, they can extend it to more. Also during the meetup, you can meet other industry types, such as freelance artists (such as Erik Arreaga  (pic below)), 3D artists, and other developers.

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Also at the con you get to meet various independent artists in other fields such as movies and comics. This year I was able to meet Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the epicly awesome Toxic Avenger and his new pic Return to Return to Class of Nuke’Em High Vol 2.

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Lloyd Kaufman and Toxie

Comic con is also a great place to be inspired to work on future projects an see what other technologies the entertainment field is coming up with.





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – More Destruction #ScreenshotSaturday

4 06 2017

This week I have been adding more destructible environments to Beyond the Infinite Abyss. Not exactly Micheal Bay style explosions. Also, I have been doing weekly dev video blogs for the game, check out my weekly #gamedev tests at http://facebook.com/bitcorestudios. To find out when the stream is up, be sure to follow/like our page on facebook.

 





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Carry On #ScreenShotSaturday

26 03 2017

Adding new environments to the entrance to the catacombs. Too bad the loader does not have the power to move the boxes in this harsh landscape. Carry on. [d]

 





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Evil Wizards and Rock Sentinels #ScreenShotSaturday

5 02 2017

New baddies added: Try to dodge the magic missiles from the evil Fish Wizard and Rock Sentinels! See below for a sample. [d]vugyi53pljvvy





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Spider Sharks Alpha #ScreenshotSaturday

11 12 2016

A new monster to battle against in Beyond the Infinite Abyss is something scarier than a tornado of sharks, but a spider shark! Below is a sample video of some action here. [d]





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Environment Test #ScreenshotSaturday

2 10 2016

Here is some progress on the environment. Added more destructible items for baddies to pop out of for Anna to battle. Here is a preview below. [d]





A Day at PAX 2016

5 09 2016

Over the past weekend I was able to go to the Washington State Convention Center for the annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) where thousands of gamers get to see the latest games coming out for the next year.

This year, most of the top companies are pushing VR for their latest projects. Sony has a slew of VR games to be ready when the VR headset becomes available. Also PAX had a floor a the Westin hotel dedicated to VR gaming including a section for Indie VR devs to how off their work.  Also adult swim showed off some new VR games, such as the new Rick and Morty VR game.

The new south park game was shown at the show, it satirized the Oculus Rft by creating a smell-o-vision headset called the Nosulus Rift. Whenever a character farts in the game, the players would “experience” the smell in real-time.

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There were also plenty of new games to check out, such as the new Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Heavy Metal Machines,  Dishonored 2, Dawn of War III, and others.

For ad spaces, there were Final Fantasy themed Uber cars, there was a Tank down the street of the convention center to promote World of Tanks.

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Another thing I found cool was a new Nintendo game for the classic NES system (with original NES cart!). They told me that they coded in assembly just like the classics. Pretty fun game, they already have a sequel that got funding on kickstarter

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Getting gaming swag was kind of meh, there were few retailers, such as Jinx, Loot Crate, and Pink Gorilla. On the plus side there were some good hardware sellers, I got a nice SSD for ~$80 on the showroom floor. Free swag that you’d normally get in previous shows were kind of absent. This year, I did get a couple of free shirts. Others you had to wait in line for several hours to play a game or fill out surveys/give personal info to get a free item.

One thing I noticed was quite odd is placing the gaming arenas in the same spaces as the retail spots in the past. I was only able to go to the convention for one day. It would have been better to go multiple days to get to check out more games and the sights due to the geographic location of all of the activities (in a couple mile radius). Hopefully next year when the convention expands in size we can get better placement of things to check out.

Have any cool pics or stories, feel free to share in the comments.