Archive | March, 2010

Goodbye Shoppe

I knew when Amazon.com bought Reflexive that my game shoppee’s days where numbered. It is a big reason why I left Vermont and found a “real” job.  Today, my instincts where proven correct, by this email:

 

Dear Valued Affiliate,

I wanted to write to you today to thank you for your participation in the Game Center Solution Affiliate Program and to inform you that as of June 30, 2010, Reflexive Entertainment, Inc. will be terminating the Game Center Solution Affiliate program to focus entirely on game development.

Between now and June 30, 2010, the Game Center Solution Affiliate Program will continue its business as usual. We will continue to provide web service and support and pay referral fees on every qualified sale through June 30, 2010. We will stop processing sales after that date and our agreement with you governing the Game Center Solution Affiliate Program will terminate on June 30, 2010.

You will continue to have access to the Control Center until July 31, 2010 at which time we will distribute your final royalty report to the email address we have on file and our agreement with you governing the Game Center Solution Affiliate Program will terminate. Please be sure your contact information is current in our system.

We wish you all the best and hope that we will have more opportunities to work together in the future.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxxx.

Sincerely,

Lars Brubaker
CEO – Reflexive Entertainment, Inc.

 

Moral of the story: Don’t build a business based on something someone else can pull the plug on.

 

SteamBirds

 

Screenshot of SteamBirds

SteamBirds, planes and dog fights!

Imagine if someone updated that old Atari combat game.  You know, the one with the planes flying in circle and hiding behind the pixel cloud.  Mix in a story about cold fusion, make it turn based and you’d have: Steam Birds The interface is well done, and a joy to interact with.   The story is interesting, fusion is discovered in the 1800s!?!

PAX BRITANNICA

The Pax Britannica mothership

The Pax Britannica mothership prepares to launch fighters.

Found this wonderful space strategy game called Pax Britannica.  It’s more of a demo, but good for a few minutes of fun.  I like the interesting trade off between time, the need for superior numbers and the fighter’s need to be launched in large groups to be effective.  The game is a the results GAMMA IV which, I belive is a game development contest.  It appears theme was “one button.”

Play by downloading Pax Britannica here.