Nardio Roundup

 

Gamejolt Releases Desktop Client

They’ve hinted at it for some time and Gamejolt has finally made good on their promise and delivered their desktop client. This means you can now browse, install and play games without ever loading up their site. It also comes with some other nifty features like: one click play, auto-updater, messaging system and HTML support. You can download their client here.

 

Skybound Entertainment Turning Oxenfree Into

Movie

The indie game wasn’t even released yet before Skybound Entertainment, Robert Kirkman’s studio, snapped it up and got movie rights. They won’t stop there though. They expect to make a web series on the making of, Twitch stream of the game and other merchandise. The game itself is a side-scrolling game that focuses on supernatural narrative. In their blog post, Skybound states,

When we got our look at an early build, we knew immediately that Oxenfree and Night School Studio were a great match for Skybound. They’re small team of artistically-minded people putting story first and maintaining control of their property from concept to execution. So the question was how could we help?

 

Funimation Announces New Streaming Service

In partnership with Sony, Funimation will offer an ad-free, HD streaming service starting in February 2016 dubbed FunimationNow. Along with this new addition, they are revamping their iOS, Kindle and Android apps and offer brand new apps for the Apple TV and Fire TV. You can read more details in their press release.

 

Punch Club makes its debut

Punch Club from Lazy Bear Games & Tiny Build Games had an amazing release this week. Forget reviewers (aww) and traditional media, Tiny Build Games brought Punch Club straight to the people. Debuting on Twitch as a challenge to its community and to a select few Youtubers, Punch Club redefined the traditional release model. All signs so far point to this being an astonishing success. Viral interest in Punch Club has soared and people are buying it. You can get Punch Club on Steam here. You can get Punch Club on iOS here.

I’ve been spending time with the game on my iPad and my impressions are a bit mixed. I honestly hated it when I first started playing it, but over time it’s grown on me.  I’d say I’m midway through the game and am now enjoying the experience a bit. I’ll have a full review of Punch Club as soon as I finish it.

 

Heros Paradox adds new content & fixes

I love this game. I love this game so much it’s almost weird. The unofficial Battleheart 2 game is back! With two new playable characters, bug fixes and new playable content, Heroes Paradox is a must own game.  Winterblu Games has fixed most of the problems I had with the game and added free content. THANK YOU! That’s how you game dev folks!

 

Marvel Shutters Fantastic Four For Now

After 50 years, Marvel is finally putting the Fantastic Four franchise to rest. It might have been the poor reception of the movies or just dwindling sales, but in an interview Tom Brevoort states,

Fantastic Four has been one of those books that, for a number of years, has been effectively taken for granted. It’s been considered stodgy, or old school, or some people see it as a thing that’s there and people are comfortable because it’s there, but they’re not particularly passionate about it. So we’re not going to have that book for a while. Tom Brevoort – Hollywood Reporter.

Even without the comic, The Thing and Human Torch will appear in other comics with the other cast members popping up elsewhere.

 

Twitter Launches Official Gaming Account

With the rise of Let’s Players and indie game developers, it looks like Twitter has decided it wants a piece of the piece. They quietly launched a new channel called – you guessed it – @Twittergaming. While it’s certainly not the most creative name, it certainly is easy to remember and find. This isn’t the first time Twitter has created a dedicated channel as they have one for things like government and sports. While it’s not clear how it’ll be run, it’s safe to say it’ll be similar to these other accounts in that they’ll likely retweet game accounts of developers and publishers or create conversations around particular topics.

 

National Library Association Announces Picks for

Top Children’s Literature

For authors and illustrators, winning the Caldecott or Newbary medal is akin to winning an Oscar. The NLA announced the winners of these prestigious awards. The Newbary medal is for literature while the Caldecott is for illustration. The 2016 Newbary medal was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. The 2016 Caldecott was awarded to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. So, if you’re looking for amazing, new stories for young readers, these definitely fit the bill. You can also check out the list for honorable mentions in both categories as well as additional award recipients.

 

Zapling Studio To Be at MagFest

Our friends over at Zapling Studio are going to be showing off their game Justice Royal at MagFest in National Harbor, MD. There will be 55 other independent developers showing off their game and a whole slew of awesome musicians. The event is February 18-21st. Be sure to get your tickets early!

 

 

Jasmine Greene

Jasmine Greene has been a freelance writer for over four years with experience in video game, book and movie reviews. She lives in Manhattan. Nardio is her second of hopefully many (successful) web ventures. When she is not working as an executive assistant or at Nardio, Jasmine volunteers at Kitty Kind so that she can get her crazy cat lady on.

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