Come Join Us for an Oceans Infinity Playtest Tomorrow!

IMPORTANT INFO Where: mixer/Smackus_Maximus When: Wednesday at 2pm PST Last month we had our first ever playtest of the Mixer crowdplay game I’ve been working on, and it was a blast! We’ve made more progress since then, and we want to show our game off to a new batch of playtesters. Even if you came to the last one, please come by if you want to see our game! Oceans Infinity is a bank-robbing game set in a cyberpunk world. The streamer controls Gaston, a classy gentleman thief who robs banks using his army of hacking nanobots. That’s you guys! Gaston’s current… [Continue Reading]

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Oceans Infinity: Come Join Us For Our First Playtest!

IMPORTANT INFO Where: mixer/Smackus_Maximus When: Wednesday at 4pm PST Hi everyone! aabicus here, and I’ve been working on an exciting new game in my final quarter of my Game Design Master’s Program! I’m on a team of six students who have been working with Mixer to develop Oceans Infinity, a crowdplay game designed to be streamed and played by many people at once. Oceans Infinity is a bank-robbing game set in a cyberpunk world. The streamer controls Gaston, a classy gentleman thief who robs banks using his army of hacking nanobots. That’s you guys! Gaston’s current target is Oceans Bank, which… [Continue Reading]

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Friday Forzebreak tournament, with prizes!

Hi everybody! Remember that Major League Magic tournament we had a few weeks back? Another student project wants in on the action, and tomorrow will be streaming a “teams of two” elimination tournament from aabicus’ Twitch stream! Forzebreak is “a Vehicle Battle Arena game where Rocket League meets Super Smash Brothers in a Mad Max style world.” Players will be choosing their different cars and attempting to knock each other off the arena while collecting powerups. There are 5 different cars and over a dozen different powerups, and I’ll once again be shoutcasting the tournament! Tournament begins Friday, May 18th at 3:00 PST. Hope to see you… [Continue Reading]

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Satellite Reign and Eador: Masters of a Broken World Free Today!

Looking for an open-world sci-fi strategy game? Satellite Reign is a co-op isometric shooter where you and up to three friends can sneak, shoot, steal and sabotage your way through a massive cyberpunk city. Satellite Reign is true open-world; there are no limitations and you can go anywhere and uncover new missions while you explore the city. It sounds like the perfect cross between Rainbow Six and Agents of Mayhem, and I can’t wait to give this game a try. Said game is available for free on Humble Bundle for today and tomorrow, so don’t miss out! Update: Turns out there’s a second… [Continue Reading]

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Tea Talk: The TF2 Community and charity

I frequent Reddit a lot. More specifically, I frequent /r/tf2 a lot. It’s like a more civilized SCUD with more fun things happening. Recently though, there was a thread that caught my attention. A teacher was asking for help. He or she has a student that falls on the autism spectrum, and the teacher found out that he likes TF2. Recently, the student has been getting into trouble and getting frustrated. One of the reason is that the student was getting bored of the entertainment available. Thus, the teacher turned to the community and requested for TF2-related images. The only… [Continue Reading]

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Custom Weapons in TF2

While transferring files onto my new computer, I stumbled across some very, very old pictures buried deep in my hard drive, and I found a TF2 weapon idea that I’d made back in 2012. In hindsight it was a terrible concept, but I’d made a model for it and even mailed it in a letter to Valve, so my noob self apparently got pretty invested. And  now I’m inspired to spend an article talking about the custom weapon community in Team Fortress 2, because I am far from alone in that department. TF2 has had a long and thriving modding community that used… [Continue Reading]

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A Shout-out to the Warframe Community

I bet regular readers of the Daily SPUF are sick and tired with the flurry of Warframe articles I’ve written lately, but after a game I played the other day, I feel a shoutout is required, to the Warframe Community, which, for a video game with both PVE and PVP experiences, is pretty unique. The game in question was a mission on Venus. In Warframe, you get regular alerts offering various rewards, from rare components to mod-upgrading Endo to large amounts of credits, on top of quests and missions you do normally. They’d all have standard names, like Survival or… [Continue Reading]

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Why Does CSGO Purge Perfectly Good Content?

Coming from TF2 and into CSGO, this question has been jarring me a lot. A couple months ago the Operation Wildfire pass went live, bringing some new maps into Valve’s most successful shooter and letting everyone enjoy the work of several community mapmakers. While only Cruise really left a lasting impact on me personally, I still appreciate new content, but it did cause me to wonder what was going to happen to the maps once the Operation ends in a week. So I checked it out and learned that Valve traditionally deletes all the maps from an Operation once it’s over.… [Continue Reading]

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On Community Updates

Community updates have always had some sort of sparkle to them. You get a ton of great content-creators gathering and making something as a team. Right now, we have two communities working together on two very different but rather complimentary updates – the Iron Gauntlet, which features Mann VS Machine maps and robotic cosmetics, and the Mayann Project, which is more of an Indiana Jones themed update. Both look very promising and some cool themes behind them. And of course, more Mann VS Machine stuff is always good for me. Thing is though, despite the fact that community updates bring… [Continue Reading]

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Consternation and Conversation

When reading through Medic’s summary of the community event ‘A Week of Love and Hate 2’ the last thing I expected to see was my own name being congratulated at the end of it, as well as the promise of a random game and an article about me of all things. I’d only ever entered for the hell of it, as I figured it might be fun tackling the topic of Sniper from both sides considering I love to play as him, but I’m not blind to his dodgy secondary designs nor the fact that he’s a strictly love/hate class… [Continue Reading]

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