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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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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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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From old school hard to newschool friendly

Since Death by Game Show released a fair amount has been made of its difficulty, frustration and learning curve.

We listened to the vocal majority who demand challenge and gratification via skill. The problem being, the most vocal aren’t supporting the game.

With this in mind, it’s time to forget our own goals and look at what can become of this game if the challenge is re-shaped.

What this means is increased rewards, reduced early challenge, and refined freedom.

Expect more information soon as our next patch is defined and fully announced.

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Huge train on Steamgifts that is helping us get noticed

In what has been a turbulent eight months since release and a journey where we’ve met a lot of wonderful people, Tchii and LavaU have broken the mold.  

Not only are they streaming the game regularly but Tchii has started a fantastic Steamgifts train which is both immense in scale and generosity.  

You can find the train here.  

We just want to thank Tchii and the LavaU group for their support.  

We also want to thank everyone who has played the game, provided feedback and helped us grow.

Please support us by checking out the trailer and letting us know your thoughts.  

As a little thank you, if we can reach 10,000 wishlists the game will go on a week long 60% sale in October.  

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If you have Death by Game Show please leave a review on Steam

With Steam’s change in viewing reviews, we ask all who have Death by Game Show to leave a review on the store page.

It is only through your reviews that we can demonstrate that this game is worth looking at and perhaps worth owning.

We already have the support of some fantastic communities and individuals on Steam and would love to hear from any and all who have the game.

How can we improve it, how can we show it off better, what can we do to make you, the Steam community support us, an honest indie developer who has tried to make something different.

Thank you for your time, have a wonderful day.

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A Thank You to the Steam Community

To all we have spoken to on Steam, to those who have supported the game via YouTube, Twitch and websites, we thank you.  

We’ve learned a lot since the launch of Death by Game Show, including the importance of working with the Steam community.

We did this through Greenlight back when the game was called iLikeMoney, we did this at launch and we’ve done it since leaving our publisher.  

We appreciate the support and ask that if you have any ideas on how we can market and build awareness further please get in touch. We need your help.  

Thank you.  

Please follow us on Twitter, YouTube or add the game to your wishlist if it interests you. Also please check out our Steam Group for Death by Game Show.