If it’s not twitching, it’s likely dead already

In a galaxy far far away, and one we’ve likely been ported from unknowingly, the Nike slogan is Don’t Do It and everyone wants to run into the light rather than stay away from it.

What am I on about? Positivity. Momentum. And more importantly positive momentum… Or Deja vu as the case maybe.

We at Oointah have been casting our rod (oy vey) in all directions trying to reel in some momentum, or at least get struck by some positive lighting. Death by Game Show might only be twitching right now but it hasn’t hit that icy Antartic wall and sunk.

Our weird as f*** PC/Mac and Linux game goes into its virginal bundle on April 26th thanks to Bundle Stars and we’ll be rocking multiple 90% off sales between now and June.

So if you have any interest in spanking the minions of an evil dictator, using strategy and arcade like reflexes in a comedic, hard as nails game check it out below. It’s good, we promise.

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Steam, huh, yeah, What is it good for…

Absolutely nothing. Say it again, y’all.

I know that is harsh, but it’s crystal clear the uniqueness of Steam is largely smoke and mirrors.

The illusion of millions of gamers having huge libraries of games might make you believe the consumer market is strong but outside of mega sales, bundle activations and key giveaways, Steam is a graveyard of hopes drowning in a flood of desperation and panic.

Ignore what Steam says and know that you are more likely to inspire its audience with games like Genital Jousting than Death by Game Show. Shock value + simplicity = success. Don’t try to add layers of complexity or progression, don’t try to add depth or hours upon hours of content. Don’t even come to market with a finished product.

This isn’t a slight on Genital Jousting, it’s a mini-postmortem on Death by Game Show and Steam. Death by Game Show was all about what Steam said it was in September 2014 and what gamers demanded back then.

In 16 months Steam changed dramatically. We’ve all seen the flood of content it released. An insane 60% of Steam’s content has been released since July 2014. With the growing library of content, the audience no longer needed games which had hours of game time as there were hundreds of thousands of new titles at low to no cost to cover any and all voids. Gamers were spoilt for choice and like mobile gaming, spending time in any game unless immediately gratifying was pointless. So each new wave of games became more and more gimmicky to stand out and quick to please.

The same methods and ideas delivered on mobile have become commonplace in Steam games. In September 2014, the Steam community would have been in an uproar with mobile games on Steam. Now, it’s normal.

By the time Death by Game Show came out the idea of having to learn controls rather than it adhering to familiarity was a bridge too far for most reviewers. The number of times we heard “no jump?” even though the lead character is a 300lbs tub of goo is bamboozling. Running, moving the cursor and clicking was too much work and let’s not get started on attention. Too many clicks to win = overwhelming gameplay.  Although majors get away with it as gamers are more willing to invest in the more popular or mainstream titles.

So at some point between starting development and launching Death by Game Show the market swung. Steam is now a hybrid of mobile ideals and PC visuals. Indie has been fragmented between the two extremes, probably forever lost to simplification and obviousness.  Unless itch.io can once again put indie in the light.

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We’re having a droidgasm

So last week we spoke about a new route for the Death by Game Show entourage. It’s all still very much in discussion, but here’s what we’re thinking.

Firstly, our WIP title is Droidpocolypse but it may become Droidgasm.

Secondly, it is inspired by Clicker Heroes. I can hear the moaning already but remember, we tried to be innovative with Death by Game Show and it backfired.

Thirdly, it’s survival based… But I cannot go into more detail that that as it’s our unique +1 feature. Isn’t that the trend? Copy and add something.

We do know there is a fair amount of Clicker Heroes clones and more release every day, like Ragnarok Clicker. Yet our game will be ad based only – so no nickel or diming you at every turn. Think of it more as a conduit from super casual clicker to intense mayhem Death by Game Show.

Expect more information regarding Death by Game Show’s sales, upcoming bundling and the mobile spin-off soon.

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The reckless abandon of sense and fair value!

Yeeeehah, there’ll be a patch released this week.  Yeeeenah, don’t get excited it’s just a bug fix.  A requested fix by a gamer who has impressively completed the game, see, we’re caring developers.  

So what’s with the radio silence last month?  Well, we were making the hard call to go bundling.  So expect to see Death by Game Show available for ridiculous prices over the coming months.  

We’ve also setup sales on Greenman Gaming to run through March.  Sales with an extraordinary price drop of 90% putting it at $0.99!  Which is a ridiculous bargain considering you can’t get a decent snack for that price.  

The best news is that Death by Game Show’s characters might be going mobile in a casual free-to-play spin-off.  More news on this soon but we’re excited about it and we hope you’ll be too once you find out more.  

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Pre-emptive Good Intentions

In a previous blog I spoke about a looming update that would reduce the difficulty, and then went onto explaining how. That explanation, albeit with good intentions was pre-emptive.

Don’t grab those pitchforks yet as there is still a patch coming. It will include 15+ changes, mostly minor but they should accumulate to a big improvement in making Death by Game Show more accessible for a broader audience.

So, when will it come? We wanted December 2016, failed. We are hoping for the end of January 2017 at this point but the reality is, it will probably be the end of February where we can launch it with another sale and marketing push.

We’ll keep you posted on developments but hope there will be no further delays.

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Another Year, Another Consideration

We’ve had some more feedback during the Steam Winter Sale and it’s pretty darn clear Death by Game Show is too hard, too unintuitive and worst still, doesn’t fit our envisioned target audience.  

The reason it’s too hard is simple, it’s meant to be old school arcade and we’re still being blamed for players not reducing the difficulty.  

The reason it’s unintuitive is simple, it’s not an obvious hybrid and requires trial and error.  You need to know the inputs and react, or plan to win – like in Dark Souls.  All of which making it less familiar and more complicated than traditional casual strategy games.  

The big realization is that we’ve been focused on pitching Death by Game Show as an action strategy game for twenty something core gamers but our art style, humor, and genre hybrid isn’t resonating with that target audience.  

With all three in mind, our next patch which has been in the works for a while (thanks to Unity changes) will focus on reducing difficulty via AI speed and HP.  It will condense as many inputs as possible, automating or removing where possible so that it is more obvious for casual gamers – and finally – all marketing going forwards from the patch will target casual audiences.

Fingers crossed 2017 will become year of the Game Show!

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Death by Game Show Giveaway and Super Sale

From December 22nd to January 2nd Death by Game Show is fighting the Indieapocolypse and needs your help!  

Each day we’ll give away a number of game keys on varying YouTube, Twitter, Websites and Steam Groups.  The amount we giveaway is completely influenced by YOU!!!!

The more you share, like and retweet the source you found that key the more we’ll give away the next day.  It’s that simple.  So support this network, be loud, be vocal and most of all, earn free keys for all!  

And don’t stop the fun there, if by the 2nd of January we can get a further 5000 Death by Game Show keys activated we’ll give away Steam Cards to those on the leaderboard.  

So double dip this Winter and help Death by Game Show out the Indieapocolypse by spreading the word about our mad, end of the world, giveaway antics.  

You can find out about keys at Lava U, the link is below:

https://twitter.com/Lava_U_Gaming

You can also check out our new trailer on YouTube:

Good luck, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Kickstart Death by Game Show Part Ugh

It’s been sobering and alarming how the Steam marketplace has changed since we plotted the creation and release of Death by Game Show.

The statistic revealing 70% of Steam’s current content has released since 2015 is something any and all PC developers should be noting down at this very moment.

For all developers who have released in 2015 and 2016 to find Steam a barren land, this glut of releases is possibly part of the reasoning. Especially if you didn’t reserve 50-80% of your games budget for bribes, marketing, and sexual favors.

With this brand new knowledge we’re thinking of running a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to wine and dine the gaming media, to bribe them into laughter while streaming and to subconsciously influence via blatant product placement.

It’s that or use Kickstarter to try and move Death by Game Show to console…

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Please support creativity and difference this Black Friday

As a gamer first, and a developer second, I am tired and frustrated by the overwhelming support cookie cutter games continue to get.

On a weekly basis creative games fade into oblivion because they get no coverage. The risk takers are dying off, creative roles are being lost to data scientists because of familiarity and obviousness guide design, more than ideas.

With this in mind, when looking at the amazing deals on Steam this Black Friday please consider games that are different. Death by Game Show being just one of many that were made specifically to be different to the norm.

Consider the importance of what your purchases signify to publishers and developers. Vote with your wallets and don’t just follow the status quo or influencers. Your actions do change the industry, consider the influx of simulators, survival horrors etc.

It is time gaming once again became about creativity and innovation. Thank you for reading.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Quick question. At what point did the holiday season become all about Black Friday?

Regardless, in honor of this years sale-extravaganza, we’d like to announce that over the coming season sales Death by Game Show will be scattered across the internet at an ultra-low discounted price.

Forget 50%, 60% and even 75% off! Death by Game Show will be going on sale for 80% off. That is $9.99 to $1.99!

That means for less than a Big Mac you can own Death by Game Show, a game without microtransactions, with a huge freedom to modify and enough content and challenge you’ll never make it all the way through.

Good luck and have a very wonderful Black Friday!

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