TOPIC: Surviving and thriving as an indy studio
GUEST: Chandana “Eka” Ekanayake, Art Director and John Comes, Creative Director; Uber Entertainment
Thanks to my super power of nomadic homelessness, I was able to dust off our Snowball microphone and record an ON-SITE podcast in Kirkland, Washington with Mike and a couple of the minds behind Uber Entertainment and their game, Monday Night Combat, which is available on XBLA and coming soon to PC via Steam! Rick was geographically unable to attend but you’ll hear his sweet, soothing sounds soon enough, now that I’m back in Austin.
We don’t normally like to pimp specific companies but Uber is a company that anyone who dreams of starting their own game studio for AAA style, bigger budget games, should be paying attention to. They are small, independently owned and they own their own IP, yet they made a fully 3d modeled and animated, Unreal 3 engine game which is more AAA than XBLA. Eka and John were kind enough to share a bit about their success with Uber and MNC and as usual, we get plenty of developers talking games and games industry!
Mike, Ryan and Bacon Vodka
===MONDAY NIGHT COMBAT GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!!===
Thanks to Eka, John and all of Uber Entertainment for their generous donation, we have four codes for FREE copies of Monday Night Combat to give away! There are two ways to win:
CATEGORY 1) We want to see or hear YOUR pitch for a holiday themed game for any platform. It doesn’t have to be any of the December holidays so you guys who just can’t get enough of Arbor Day are in luck. Please keep your pitch to a maximum of ONE PAGE of written text or a ONE MINUTE recorded audio.
CATEGORY 2) We want to read or (much more preferably) hear a game or animation themed holiday song or poem. It can be a game song to the tune of a Holiday song but preference will be given to songs that integrate both like “How WaLuigi stole Christmas” or “Pikachu’s first Hanukkah”. Songs will be graded higher then poems but a good poem trumps a crappy song.
HOW TO ENTER:
Format your finished submissions as an ATTACHMENT in .doc or .txt format for text submissions or .wav or .mp3 format for audio. Please no .zips, .rars or anything exotic. Please don’t put your text in the body of the email.
Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org before JANUARY 5th, 2010 Please no more than three submissions per person. Winners and winning entries will be announced, read and/or played back on the air of our first episode we record in the New Year. Honorable mentions may also be announced or presented on the show.
The best overall submission will receive TWO copies of Monday Night Combat for Xbox Live, one for themselves and one to gift to a friend. To be clear, the winner could be from EITHER category but there will not be one from both. The best, single entry of ALL entries is the winner.
The 2nd place winner of each catagory will receive one free copy of Monday Night Combat for Xbox Live.
“Single player games are finished!”