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Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Indie DB Steam Curator

29 comments by TKAzA on Sep 26th, 2014

To much choice? Worry no more gamers, we have you covered via our shiny new Steam Indie DB Curator page. Our aim is to highlight the best games and mods Steam has to offer, by picking our favorites, by picking your favorites, by picking past indie of the year winners and everything else we love. So please hop on over and give us a follow!


For indie game developers on the site, here are some ways you can get our attention:

We are super interested in recommending any indie that deserves it, so again please follow us and promote your game on Indie DB! Oh and for upcoming games, follow our Green-light collection we've got you covered there too!

Report abuse Modding SDK for Saints Row IV

7 comments by TKAzA on Sep 4th, 2014

SRIV SDK Release A version 2

The great folks over at Volition, have recently released part 1 of their Saints Row IV modding SDK.
This SDK (Release A) includes tutorials, template files, and tools for creating your own new weapon models for use ingame.

Included in this release is a demo mod showcasing a new weapon from their new title Saints Row: Gat out of Hell: Damned Impaler Mod

Saints Row IV SDK Release A: Version 2

SRIV SDK Release A version 2

A separate update will allow new weapons to be added without having to remove the old files.



SR3 / SRIV Weapon ArchiveSaints Row 3 & IV Weapon Archive

SR3 / SRIV Weapon Archive

Included in this weapons archive, are all the weapons from 3 & VI they are not game ready, but are great for mixing and mashing together!


The last feature this release includes is an in-depth modeling tutorial.
There's a fair bit of work to get setup, however once done Saints Rows becomes a sandbox of your creations, it's well worth the effort!

So what are you waiting for?, if you have a mod in development, are now going to kick one off or have an awesome weapon model to show off, add your content here and get promoting.

We will keep you updated on future SDK release's, you can track the updates here!

We are looking forward to seeing what the community can create!

Report abuse An Unreal Decision

6 comments by TKAzA on Aug 18th, 2014

One of the hardest choices a developer has to make is what engine is best for their game.
Will they select to create their own engine or use one of the many middle ware solutions, like Unity or Unreal.

The Team behind the upcoming, Republic Sniper thought they made the right choice with Unity, However this soon became a problem and opting to ensure a better end product, made the hard choice to swap engines mid development.

Changing engines once development has started is hard enough, but to throw away months of work is a costly venture that many rather not undertake, along with having to learn new systems it can make or break development teams rather than resolve the issues they were looking at fixing.

If your not happy with the way your tool-set is supporting you, this article from Jeff LaMarche may just help you take that one small step to a possible bigger and brighter future.

Read on...

In-engine WIP shot from Unity

"We could have pushed through our frustrations and delivered a respectable game.
Only… nobody on the team would’ve been happy making a respectable game."


In-Engine WIP Shot from UE4

"Our team just wasn’t finding it easy to collaborate. We weren’t gelling as a cohesive team and we often felt like the tools were working against us."


Level used to test new movement mechanics.

"Epic’s decision to go after Unity’s market also means increased competition. That competition will push both companies to make better tools. That’s a good thing for game developers and ultimately for people who play games."


Have you been forced to switch engines or done so for other reasons? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Report abuse The future of ModDB & IndieDB

39 comments by TKAzA on Aug 8th, 2014

Reaching over 250,000 unique readers a day ModDB, IndieDB give game/mod developers a place to share their work and grow their fanbase whilst making it easier for gamers to find great games/mods no matter their stage of development.

Without being dependent on press/editors gatekeeping the important gaming news sites.

Since the sites conception a lot has changed around us, We've got Twitch streaming games, bazillions of mobile games, F2P, amazing engines accessible to all to only mention a few things.


You are invited to Join our public brainstorm as we review whats working and whats not and give you a voice on what you want to see in our facelift, As both gamers and developers join forces to create the ultimate gaming destination!

Current feedback includes.

  • Platform tabs are pointless, header needs a redesign
  • Community badges
  • @mentions great idea
  • Chat service
  • Tag system / tag cloud for games
  • Different layout options / more versatility in profiles
  • WORKING COMMENT SYSTEM
  • Feedback exchange, submit a game for playtest but playtest something first
  • Greenlight tighter integration
  • Press system to reach press for indie devs
  • Overhaul karma on comments / forums
  • ModDB / IndieDB Forum split might be a way to get more focused discussion
  • Overhauled groups to highlight members positions
  • Comment notification
  • Better search system

You can keep updated with the latest on the forums.
We all have waited a long time for this, lets get to work!

Report abuse Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Key Contest

636 comments by Henley on Feb 23rd, 2012

Hello Modders and Modies. As you know yesterday I hinted at being able to win yourself access to the newest CS:GO beta and today is the day you find out how. This is going to be a fairly simple contest to give 15 keys to our community, the other 5 keys will be given out to the some of the more active people within ModDB (as judged by staff).

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To enter all you need to do is impress the staff by writing a simple limerick, poem or short story about why you should be in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta and if that is too difficult counter-strike in general will also suffice. Post your entries in the comment section below. You can enter as many times as you like, and the most creative and original entries (extra points for funny entries) will win. You have two days to enter, and winners will be notified by personal message on ModDB. If you do not claim the reward within a day we will just give it too another entrant. Take note, if you submit your entries in any other way we will ignore it so don't bother.

Best of luck!


UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!

We have our winners! Check your inbox soon for your beta key.

GuyOnAManatee:
Here is a gamer named Manatee
Who had only one last plee
He can't aim for shit
and constantly rage quits
But all he wants is one key

ModDB: This kinda sums up my experiences with counter-strike over the years.
---

mjnowak:
The keys are few,
The crew is wise,
A contest of English,
The noobs demise.
To play Global Offense,
With a free beta key,
Would be so intense,
Where else, but ModDB.

ModDB: Love it, especially how you rhymed ModDB with something.
---

dontragemebro:
people who play CS try for headshots
some people may claim they use aimbots
nothing is sadderwhen people cry "hacker!"
when people just like to play a lot

ModDB: I am sure it was all just skill! Like your mad rhymes.
---

Epidemic12:
Awpers, Awpers, everywhere
Will they see me?
I don't care
In B tunnels?
At long A?
Well placed frag grenade,
And they ragdoll away

ModDB: AWPers more like no-skillers... HA. I'm funny.
---

Wombo194:
Open the door
Get on the floor
Please give me a key because I'm poor

ModDB: Lets hope this funds your archaeology event.
---

twinnuke:
Bullets ablazing
Newbies a hating
Aim bot Aim bot they cry
but I'm just amazing

The sniper they fear
A scoping i steer
as the bullet leaves the chamber
Not a head is left near

ModDB: I dunno about you guys but twinnuke's new album is hella-tight!
---

medve:
roses are red
violets are blue
i hope this will have a proper promod

ModDB: You and me both sister!
---

ZaliaS:
For the first time on ModDB,
The Devs tried to make a fool of me,
Wasting my time,
To come up with rhymes,
Just for a damn beta key.

ModDB: I'm sorry alright... I just wanted to be with the cool kids.
---

jimmynavio:
A key to this game, I desire
And proof of this fact, you require?
With one single move
My fervor I'll prove
By lighting my crotch hair on fire!

ModDB: I am afraid to ask for pictures to confirm this, but I love your commitment!
---

campbullard:
24/7 born and raised
on dust 2 is where i spent
most of my days
poppin' off headshots
no scopin' these fools
gettin' called haxxor
like it's preschool
when a couple of t's
who are up to no good
started causing trouble
down in packaged goods
got in one little knife fight
and the admin got scared
says you going to csgo beta
you belong in there

ModDB: Shit just got real....
---

MilfandCookies:
In 2000 it first began,
To four different games it would span,
With great mods and fun,It became number one,
The Counter Strike franchise change man.
One of these glad men was I,
Who, for Counter Strike: GO, would die,
But without a beta key,
No GO for me :(,
I'll make sure that key is all mine.

ModDB: You sir are a poet for the ages!!!
---

freepwnyridez:
My girlfriend cried "You must come to bed!"
"Quit CS and I'll give you great head!"
I cried "Dear I can't yet!"
"I really must plant this!"
Guess I'll have to whack it instead!

ModDB: I was tempted to not pick this one, I cannot deny it is clever though!
---

tioslash:

"Invalid CD Key", Steam?
I swear! I´ve got it from ModDb!
Was it a dream?
Where is my CS:GO beta key!!?

Well, I still need my fix!
So what will it be?
It´s back to 1.6...Or wait for Half-life Three?

Damn it.

ModDB: Wait! The first key I sent you didn't work? I'm sorry here is another...
---

hevlovesbike:

Registered today
Now im itching to play
Saw this contest
That sparked my interest
Oh to kill again
On my steam engine
Missing the thrills
Of a Counter strike kill
To fill this void
you have been employed
Now all I seeis this beta key...

ModDB: Welcome to the family of mad rhymes and modders! Have a key...
---

Cas943:

Twas the night before the beta,
And all through the map,
Not a CT was stirring,
Except John J. Fap,

When the terrorists rushed in,
Weapons held high,
John J. pulled a pin,
And watched them fly,

With one terrorist left,
And no where to run,
John J. said,"Now ain't this fun?"

His weapon a blazing,
The terrorist's balls they were grazing,

In the end he saved the day,
Old John J.,
So wake up CTs,
Don't be AFK.

ModDB: Don't you be AFK accepting this key!
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Congrats to the winners and thanks to all those who entered. So many entries!

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