Well, not really. It’s actually pretty tame and generally overflowing with sweaty men and sometimes-amazing facial hair. Here we are one week after GDC, and I’m still recovering from this damn sinus plague (never should have shaken hands with that Somali pirate). But, body malfunctions aside, GDC was, as expected, terrific. Tiring, but terrific. For us, GDC started with the IGN Indie Press Mixer. First, let me just say that Happy Fisting is a real game. I’m not proud of that. That’s simply a fact. But, moving on, the mixer was packed with press, developers and, most importantly, games. Highlights? For me it would have to be Aztez, a visually stunning brawler, and Soundodger, a high octane music-meets-bullet-storm game. Be on the lookout for both of these neat little titles (shout out to Team Bean!).
AZTEZ AT THE INDIE PRESS MIXER:
SOUNDODGER AT THE INDIE PRESS MIXER:
HANGING WITH THE GREAT INDIESTATIK AT THE INDIE PRESS MIXER:
The Press Mixer was just the calm before the storm. We spent the next 3 days exhibiting Fist Puncher as part of GDC Play. Yeah, it was draining, we both lost our voices, and all the standing probably inched us a little closer towards needing to use canes to get around, BUT overall the Play exhibition was a huge success. We had tons of traffic, talked to boatloads of media, met all sorts of great developers and artists, got amazing feedback on the game, and even got a GDC Play “Best in Play” honorable mention. Hurrah! There were also some amazing games besides Fist Puncher in the GDC Play exhibit. Too many to name, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Chasm and Dungeon Dashers. Both of these titles are going to make many a gamer very happy.
FIST PUNCHER AT GDC PLAY:
But, what about the parties, you ask? I’ll be honest, we skipped Pow Pow… and we skipped the Minecraft party… and we skipped the Venus Patrol party… I guess we’re just too cool for school? No, we were just exhausted (but we’re glad we found people to gift our tickets to). However, we did roll to the Adult Swim party where low brow goofs like us were able to mingle with high brow creative types all while watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force. For me, this was possibly the best night of the conference. So many great people attended this one, and the vibe was low-key and relaxed.
ADULT SWIM PARTY:
Although we did cross paths with Misfits Attic, our arch enemies. We went to blows later that night (sorry about the fat lip, Tim!).
MISFITS ATTIC AND TEAM2BIT PREPARE FOR BATTLE:
We also made it out to the Ouya unveiling party. This was also a blast (who can complain about free pizza, vegetarian tacos, and It’s It ice cream?), and getting a chance to actually sit and play some bad ass Ouya titles like Canabalt and Saturday Morning RPG made us believers in the potential of this cool little console.
SATURDAY MORNING RPG AT THE OUYA PARTY:
PLAYING CANABALT AT THE OUYA PARTY:
Some might also know that I used to be an avid classic game collector (Good Luck Charlie Brown! – we owned that!). At the Ouya party we ran into Greg Pabich. Greg owns the rights to Cheetahmen, one of the rarest NES titles ever. This definitely put a smile on my face.
GREG PABICH MEETS TEAM2BIT AT THE OUYA PARTY:
What about loot? Well, I did my best to gather as many stickers, buttons, and t-shirts as possible. No idea what I’ll do with all this junk, but it’s all sort of irrelevant since we scored the crown jewel of GDC swag: a Runner 2 action figure!
RUNNER 2 ACTION FIGURE:
In summary, GDC left us with a little bit of sickness, lots of freebies, and a sweet amount of exposure for Fist Puncher. We’ll be back next year and hopefully Jake will approve the Fist Puncher capes that I want to wear so badly. Onward!
We’re happy to announce that we will be exhibiting Fist Puncher at this month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in sunny San Francisco. The exhibition hall will be open March 27-29 and Fist Puncher will be on display as part of the GDC Play exhibition in Kiosk 24. We’re also happy to announce that we were given an honorable mention in the GDC Best in Play competition. We’ll be giving out stickers and trading cards so stop by to grab some swag and knock in some pixelated teeth. With the Fist Puncher release on the horizon, this is THE best chance to play the most up-to-date version of our retro-styled, side-scrolling beat ‘em up. We’ll see you there!
Here’s a couple more webisodes from our trip to GDC. We got some final thoughts on the show and put together some highlights of the hours and hours of Fist Puncher gameplay. Thanks to everyone that stopped by the booth to play, GameSpy for hooking us up with the exhibition space, the other members of the Indie Open House for being supportive and welcoming, Notch for having an inspirational beard, Phil Fish for not swearing at us, and Greg Miller for making the whole show possible by saving the world just moments prior to the doors opening.
One of the more exciting parts of GDC was the rumor that epic videogame super-celebrity Notch, creator of Minecraft, was roaming around the exhibition floor. We tried desperately to hunt down The Bearded One, show him our game Fist Puncher, and hopefully be granted a coveted spot in his CubeCon convention. Take a look at these webisodes that track our exploits as Team Fist Puncher goes In Search of Notch.
At this year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference), the boys from Team2Bit (AKA Team Fist Puncher) were lucky enough to have the opportunity to show off our upcoming game Fist Puncher in the IGN GameSpy booth. Besides endless hours of demoing, we took a little time to film some of the excitement and action that took place at GDC. Take a look at the webisodes below to fully immerse yourself in the GDC experience.
We made it back from GDC… somehow. We’re still decompressing, but the whole thing was a blast. We set up and demoed Fist Puncher in the GameSpy booth Wednesday through Friday (huge thanks to everyone from IGN and GameSpy that helped us get things working). We had almost non-stop gameplay going on, and we were able to get quite a bit of great feeback and a number of terrific suggestions on improving the game. But maybe the best was just jumping into a game of Fist Puncher with a crew of strangers and punching and kicking the heck out of anarchists, luchadores, and dudes with flamethrowers. Big thanks to everyone that stopped by to play. Sadly, since we spent almost all of our time demoing, we didn’t have much time to see the rest of the show. We didn’t meet Notch, weren’t able to get into a flame war with Phil Fish, and only had a few opportunities to play other games. Still, it was absolutely worth it. Getting Fist Puncher into the hands of actual, real-life gamers was incredible. For those who played, who was your favorite character? Dr. Karate, the Beekeeper, O’Grady? We’ll be posting some webisodes from GDC in the upcoming days so stay tuned. In the meantime, keep punching!
It’s Tuesday, and as announced we are releasing video content all week in honor of the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Join Officer O’Grady in another exciting episode of O’Grady Patrol Diary. Since today also happens to be the finale of the IGN/YouTube series The Next Game Boss, this episode also features everyone’s favorite wig-wearing terrier mix and star of Washington’s Wig, Dogsworth McFreedom: