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What does it mean to be an “indie dev”? Candygun Games Interview

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Over the past 7 years, the prominence of the independent developer or “indie dev” in the home console space has grown exponentially. From small beginnings with the likes of James Silva and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and Johnathan Blow with his critical hit Braid, the common denominator of all indie games that seems to shine through is the creator’s iron will to express an idea. These developers, whether they be individuals crafting away for 5 years on a single title or a small team of college friends combining their skills and taking to Kickstarter, all want the same thing – to send the  industry a message of what they’re about, a message of what they want to accomplish.

Toiling away in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, the tiny team at Candygun Games has been bringing to life a title they feel epitomizes their very mission and culture. Something that represents their message , which is “producing entertaining gameplay focused titles with fantastic visuals”.

Roger Joswig, Managing Director of the independent developer, puts it succinctly: “When we prototype our games we start without any visual design and modify the game until it’s fun to play. The visual design is then added on top to support the game design.” It’s this focus on ‘entertainment first, beauty second’ that looks to set their next title Dollar Dash apart from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview: Enigma SP’s CEO Daniel Parente talks Alien Spidy with us

Daniel Parente: We usually say that the game was Mario meets Sonic meets Limbo meets Patapon. But we have also taken influences from Super Meat Boy, Donkey Kong, and other classical games.

With such a unique premise, when PSN Fans found ourselves faced with the opportunity to interview CEO of Enigma Studios, Daniel Parente, we just couldn’t say no. Alien Spidy is an action platformer that follows the classic premise of saving the damsel in distress. The twist is that you are exactly what you sound like, an alien spider, not only do you have to save your lady friend, but you must collect the parts of your broken spaceship on the way. The laden planet that they are on is earth, represented in a vibrant art form that seems to encompass curiosity, excitement and doom, all in one go.

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Download Speeds and Pre-Orders: What Sony Can Learn From Valve

It’s no secret that Sony has had problems in the past with download speeds. As a PlayStation fan with broadband internet, I can’t help but get annoyed at the hours it sometimes takes for the smallest of downloads to finish. At this stage in the console’s life, it’s probably too late to expect any major fixes, but there is a work-around that other platforms have already started to use. If Sony can take a hint from companies like Valve and allow digital pre-orders, and more importantly allow users to pre-load said games, it could make the consumer side of the interaction much more simple.

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Four PSN characters we want to see in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Sony’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has PS3 owners super excited. And why not? It’s taking the much-beloved Smash Bros. formula and giving it a Sony spin. Sly Cooper, PaRappa, Sweet Tooth and others will be beating each other to a pulp in the upcoming brawler. Even Fat Princess is getting in on the action, which has us at PSNFans real excited. So we’ve put together a list of the potential character additions to PSASBR that we’d be INSANELY excited to hear revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Double Design: An ibb and obb Interview

These past few years, 2D indie titles have seen a resurgence and a boost in popularity among the endless sea of AAA titles. The PSN has been partly responsible for this, seeing as they seem to favor unique indie titles that most other publishers would turn a blind eye to. Today we bring you Richard Boeser, co-founder of Sparpweed, here to tell us a little bit more about the team’s upcoming release, ibb and obb. Read the rest of this entry »

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PSNFans’ PlayStation Vita Wish List

The PlayStation Vita launched just a few weeks ago, and we’re still enjoying the plethora of launch games available. But what about the months ahead? We know May has Resistance: Burning Skies and June has Gravity Rush, but Sony and developers have been secretive about the months after June. So PSNFans has compiled a list with games that we want to play on the Vita. Maybe, just maybe, Sony and its development partners will listen.

Disclaimer: The games below are games that have yet to be announced, so games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, etc. will not be included on this list.

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Starhawk Beta Impressions

Let’s face it; there’s a distinct lack of space westerns out there. Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, Borderlands… and now Starhawk. The spiritual successor to the cult hit Warhawk, Starhawk is a welcome iteration to the online-only multiplayer dog-fighting shooter that excellently captured frantic aerial combat in its time. So how do you improve on a game that already offers third-person shooting, driving and aerial dogfights?

Starhawk features a bevy of new tricks, such as the new “Build & Battle” mechanic that allows you to build turrets, bases, garages and launch pads on the fly (no pun intended) much like an RTS game. In addition to this is the popular level-up system found in most online competitive games these days to add value to your efforts. Oh, and now your hawks can transform into mechs. Mechs, people.  Read the rest of this entry »

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PSN’s 2011 At a Glance

With 2011 well out of the way, there’s no better opportunity to look back how the PlayStation Network fared in the previous year. Spoiler alert! It got hacked. Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking Ahead to 2012 in PS3 Downloadable Releases

With the new year in full swing and a torrent of games to look forward to over the next twelve months, it’s time to don some scuba gear and dive into a brief look at ten of our most anticipated games for 2012. Hold on to your digital butts. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Starter’s Guide To Your New PS3

Lucky enough to nab a shiny new PS3 for the holidays? Flipping out over what you can do to make the most out of it? Put down that paper bag you’re hyperventilating into and check out this PSN Fans guide to your new console!  Read the rest of this entry »

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