The Sony Switchtendo

Imagine a world without wars. Forum boards and YouTube videos will calm and all gamers will live in harmony.

I did mean console wars…

Over the last few years, the boundaries have softened. The big M (not McDonald’s) seem to have lowered the guard with crossplay, sharing their Minecraft brand and ultimately opening the doors for modding and all manner of shared experiences.

Both Sony and Nintendo embraced indies but it was the big N who shocked all with their IP’s going to mobile, both Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run thrived. Not to mention their IP crossover with Zelda + Dynasty Warriors and Mario + Rabbids have proven to be popular. Nintendo seemed to be following Microsoft’s lead by opening up their platforms.

That just left Sony to make a move and sure enough, they did. Sony is to publish games on PC and the Nintendo Switch.

Now before you PS4 fanboys kickoff, let’s look at the facts. It’s not like The Last of Us will be getting a Switch release. It’s more a separate publishing group that pushes indie games…

Who knows where it will end but it does seem like all majors are looking to a future where platforms are less important than IP’s.

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The future of technology, not just gaming

Virtual Reality (VR) was the killer product in the not so distant past.  The idea behind Oculus excited more than just gamers. Educators, scientists, and creators flocked behind the idea and like any movement, investor hitched upon its back turning possibility into reality.

So… now we can see where VR stands, let’s be honest, it’s not exactly at the forefront of any development agenda – worst still, it’s not on many consumers wishlists. It’s bulky, it’s restrictive, it’s often nauseating, and worst still, it’s not all that exciting once the head tilt and warp-to-position mechanics are grown tired of.

VR could come to fruition once prices drop and technology matches expectations. Yet, long before that happens another technology, far more useful and interesting has leaped up into the periphery of educators, scientists, creators, and investors…

Augmented Reality (AR).

Why will this catch on, where VR failed to ignite?

Firstly, AR is accessible. It’s via your phone.

Secondly, AR is familiar. It’s like using your phone as a camera.

Thirdly, AR is all about the software. Granted, older devices can’t use ARkit but consumers change phones like they change socks, so ARkit ready devices will become common.

Finally, AR is useful. From scanning barcodes in a supermarket to check if a product is cheaper elsewhere through to interior design, placing digital furniture in your home to see how it looks before you buy it… The skies are literally the limits with AR.

AR is 100% the future. Whether you want more digital in your life or not, it’s going to happen – mostly because Apple has decided such.

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Unfamiliarity killed the cat

What is it with this player versus boss genre?

I get it, gaming is in a rat race of simplification and everything pre-gratification is expendable. Imagine Metroid Prime without all the exploration and only the boss battles… Yeah, it’s not as good is it BUT that reduction is where we’re headed.

Just look at Absolver, a game where the bulk of the world is empty beyond players a) wanting to gank you or b) wanting to team up to easy-mode a boss. And more often than not, b) is followed by a) anyway.

It’s empty. Yet players flocked to it because who doesn’t want to learn kung fu.

The problem for Absolver is not that it’s difficult, but the player behavior and fighting system have a learning curve.

Therefore the initial flock thinned, and ultimately the game is spiraling downwards in terms of popularity. The same was true for the Ubisoft game For Honor.

When players can’t be the winner via familiar actions they get turned off.

This is why players don’t get turned off by the challenge in Hotline Miami, Cup Head and Dark Souls.  Familiarity.

What we know is that Death by Game Show, which was challenging, failed to get traction despite having short levels, instant replay value, and countless rewards. It had the ingredients but was unfamiliar to players and despite the market demanding “unique” or “innovative” products, consumers no longer connect when something is unfamiliar.

This is, without doubt, the fall off from mobile gaming culture.  Everything must be obvious and gratifying.

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How do you improve on a match-3?

At Oointah Games everything is on the table and this week we’ve been shoveling through ideas for “what next?”

While the world is focused on AR, VR, nuclear war, and equality for all we’ve been looking for the holy grail of concepts.

What is better than a Match-3?

A Match-2.  Boom!

You may wonder where our ideas come from, well, do you remember the crazy hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary?

The scene goes like this…

Hitchhiker: You heard of this thing, the 8-Minute Abs?
Ted: Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the exercise video.
Hitchhiker: Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 7… Minute… Abs.
Ted: Right. Yes. OK, all right. I see where you’re going.
Hitchhiker: Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin’ there, there’s 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?
Ted: I would go for the 7.
Hitchhiker: Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk.
Ted: You guarantee it? That’s – how do you do that?
Hitchhiker: If you’re not happy with the first 7 minutes, we’re gonna send you the extra minute free. You see? That’s it. That’s our motto. That’s where we’re comin’ from. That’s from “A” to “B”.

That is some wisdom right there.

And like with the 8-Minute Abs, if you don’t like our Match-2 the game will automatically allow for Match-3’s, 4’s, 5’s and more. No quibbles, quarrels or confusion.

It’s the future of casual gaming and pinnacle of simplification as most levels will literally solve themselves.

Gaming world. You’re welcome.

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Hyper Super Turbo Face Fister Redux Edition

In the laboratory at Oointah Games, we’ve been busy.

We have two mobile games and an RPG Maker 8-bit Death by Game Show origin story in the works.

That’s not too shabby considering we’re also knuckling down on Death by Game Show to make it more casual friendly.

We’re still “in-development” on all projects but we’re looking at a game 100% away from Death by Game Show.

So welcome to Hyper Super Turbo Face Fister Redux Edition. A quirky game that takes the classic Punch Out and puts it on rails.

Swapping the boxing ring and replacing it with an endless office environment where you race through punching bosses and executives.

It’s a mad-dash race to escape work each day and collect as many teeth as possible to upgrade your fist weaponry from bare knuckle to iron gauntlet and beyond.

Expect more quirky ideas soon as we explore new projects and identify “life beyond Death by Game Show”.

 

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New app in development

Hurrah I hear you say.

Well, hold those horses as it’s not a game…

“If it’s not a game, what is it?” I hear you ask.

It’s a social tool where you try to become your sporting heroes (or villains) #1 fan (or hater).

Utilizing the SNiP100 database you’ll find and rank up your fan level for a sports personality by tapping. The greater your rank for a personality, the better your chance of becoming their #1 fan.

While competing on the weekly charts you’ll also build up your own Top 100 Fan and Hater lists which can be shared. Plus there will be daily rewards and numerous ways to accumulate more coins to vote.

It’s a simple app with the long term goal of encouraging daily voting. As all votes go back to the SNiP100 website to determine the popularity of sports stars.

This new app went into development for mobile platforms this week and we hope to have it launch within 3 months.

Finally, it will be 100% F2P and may come to the web (or even Steam for additional exposure).

To see what the SNiP100 is all about, head to their Instagram site now.

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It’s time to stretch out our rod

Last week we spoke about casting our rod in all directions trying to get momentum. So what other directions, beyond bundles and sales have we been casting? Well…

We have previously disclosed one avenue which included a mobile spin-off. As of now, we have two spin-offs muahahaha that use our loveable droids and tub of goo lead character U.H.Wutt.

Our second spin-off is an F2P mobile game which is a throwback to the classic era ye-olde button mashing Olympic games. The principle is simple, the quicker you mashed, the quicker you ran.

We’re obviously changing this up for mobile. With a focus on how to bring the retro mash-tastic gameplay to competitive mobile multiplayer.

The concept combines the above with futuristic crazy Olympic events and a progression system that advances your robotic athletes even when you’re offline.

If you have an opinion, thought or idea let us know? Otherwise check back in the future for more updates on this new Death by Game Show spin-off.

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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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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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