Mr. Jaggers writes "Widely remembered as the pioneers in Full-Motion Video adventure gaming, the creators of the beloved Tex Murphy futuristic neo-noir series of adventure games has successfully funded their latest installment, code named Project Fedora, via crowd-funding. The team conducted a successful AMA last week and will feature much of the original cast of characters (including game designer Chris Jones, as Tex himself), and, if his interest can be peaked, the voice talents of James Earl Jones, among others. It ought to be a real treat for fans of gritty hard-boiled detective stories who like their sci-fi dark and dystopian, to see an FMV game done right, by one of the only developers to have pulled it off well. Pre-orders are being taken here and here." Link to Original Source top
Mr. Jaggers writes "Chris Pope (podcaster from Tech Jives Network and social media guy for the Guys From Andromeda game studio) is being joined by Ellen McLain, the voice actress of GLaDOS from Valve's series of Portal games in an informal live chat on Twich TV right now (12pm PST / 3pm EST, United States time zones). Ellen's other voice work includes the announcer from Team Fortress 2, as well as appearing in the other games in Valve's 2007 Orange Box release (Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two). The chat can be joined via IRC or from the Twitch TV website, and Ellen will be available to fans for questions, including her work with Valve, as well as future projects (including the spiritual-successor to the Space Quest series of adventure games). The podcast of it will be up later on for those that miss the chat, but for those that can join in, it ought to be real treat to be able to ask GLaDOS why she was so mean to us..." Link to Original Source top
Space Quest Spiritual Successor Project, SpaceVenture
Mr. Jaggers writes "Remember the old-school Sierra On-Line Space Quest series? With the original IP tied up in a giant Activision-Gordian-Knot, Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe ("The Two Guys from Andromeda"), the creators of SQ, have set up their own indie studio to invent a whole new hilarious universe, new characters, and puzzles; all the while respecting the style of art and comedy for which they are remembered. SpaceVenture is set to lambaste sci-fi franchises (as was done in SQ), and the team claims that none are safe, including Doctor Who, Stargate, Avatar, and others. They've lined up an all-star voice-acting cast, including Rob Paulsen (Animaniac Yakko, Pinky, TMNT's Raphael), Ellen McLain (GLaDOS), and radio legend Gary Owens. It's being promoted with a blog, podcasts, videos,live chats, and fan efforts including SQ marathons,comics, and fan videos. Best of all, as funding milestones are reached the team builds and releases prototypes; living, playable concept art demonstrating the character of the final game! The Kickstarter project targets PC/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android for release and includes awesome rewards that can land you in the game itself. It's definitely worth a look for fans of adventure games and sci-fi parody!" Link to Original Source top
Mr. Jaggers writes ""After the record-breaking Double Fine Adventure campaign on Kickstarter, led by famed game designer Tim Schafer (of Monkey Island fame), another project by a beloved adventure game author is about to be officially funded: Moebius by Jane Jenson, creator of the Gabriel Knight series for Sierra On-Line. While the Moebius project begins its countdown for final hours of Kickstarter (only a few more hours left to sign up for unique rewards as a Moebius backer!) there are also two MORE adventure game Kickstarters still in the early stages of funding but with thousands of backers already: Tex Murphy and the Two Guys from Andromeda's SpaceVenture. These projects are headed by well-respected adventure game designers, responsible for the Tex Murphy and Space Quest series of games, respectively. Most of these projects also have strong cross-platform support including Linux, now that Moebius has funded past $400,000. Will 2013 be the beginning of another golden age for graphical adventure games, fueled by community funding such as kickstarter? I, for one, am overjoyed to see Linux treated as a first-class citizen!"" Link to Original Source top
Humble Botanicula Debug Goes Live, Has New Land Conservation Charity
Mr. Jaggers writes "A new game has launched on the Humble Bundle website! This time it is "Botanicula" by Amanita Design, the creators of Machinarium and the Samorost games (included in the bundle). The games are DRM-free and work on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and some soundtracks are included. Along with a new set of games, this bundle also brings a new charity, the "World Land Trust", which fits into Botanicula's conservation-oriented theme. The eponymous game itself is gorgeous point-and-click puzzle adventure, much in the vein of other Amanita game projects. Production values on the soundtrack are up to the same standard as Machinarium, complete with similar eastern-european sounding musical quirks. This bundle is reminiscent of the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle and Humble Introversion Bundle, including previous work by a single game studio. Not sure if it will overcome the oft-observed "bundle fatigue" phenomenon, but we'll all be able to decide for ourselves when it closes in a bit over a week." Link to Original Source top
Mr. Jaggers writes "From Trolltech's site: "Trolltech, the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, announced the pricing and availability of Qtopia Greenphone, the first open Linux mobile device for application developers."
More info from LinuxDevices: "The Greenphone is available now, priced at $700. However, availability is limited to licensees of QPE 4 SDK (software development kit)." Also, they claim that it's "aimed at helping developers write applications for or modify components in its Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) software stack" and it "targets ISVs (independent software vendors), as well as mobile phone designers and operators interested in customizing QPE-based mobile phones."
Can't wait for the carriers to pick it up and sell it at a non-dev price!!!"