I am the Senior Programmer at Tripwire Interactive and have been working on Break Blocks on the side in an attempt to strike out on my own and give some money to charity in the process; which is why Greater Good Games is structured as a Not-For-Profit company.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Sorry for the delayed response...I have sent you a key. Please let me know if you have any issues with it.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

We're glad you're enjoying the game and thanks for pointing people toward our Steam Greenlight!

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

It is definitely a shame that this game never caught on well enough to warrant adding multiplayer. The game seems to be something that most people enjoy, but perhaps it's just not addicting enough to keep them coming back very often.

Where did you purchase your key? If you bought it from our website, then it's not a Desura enabled key, but we can add it to Desura if you'd like. The giveaway keys are Desura enabled by default.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Sorry for the very delayed response, DVDVD. Unfortunately, multiplayer did not make the initial release of the game and then the game has never garnered enough support for us to continue improving it. We may still revisit the game someday, but we are currently focusing on new games.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

There are definitely some similarities to Lumines with a sprinkling of Guitar Hero(and other beat centric games). One reviewer actually put us on a list with Portal, Portal 2, and Lumines, saying that these are the only puzzle games that have entranced him.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Coming to iOS(and then some)

Yeah, perhaps we'll be able to get Steam to reconsider someday, but we're glad you picked up a copy on Desura. What do you think of the game?

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Coming to iOS(and then some)

haha, no, Killing Floor is Tripwire's IP. While Tripwire published Break Blocks, Greater Good Games and Tripwire are separate entities. Obviously we could work together on a project at some point in the future, but that's not the current plan =)

Unfortunately, Steam has rejected the game. We've had to stick with just selling on our website and Desura

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Yeah, we get that a lot. The name is actually because its about Break Dancing and Blocks, but people think usually think it's some version of Arkanoid. We'd love for you to try the demo!

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

As much as we'd love to, we're not convinced that it will have much, if any impact on the game's success. Generally our decisions are not driven by success, but we're more interested in starting development on a whole new engine/game at this point rather than porting this game to all the platforms it would work on: Linux, iOS, and Android.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Cool, I just checked out Vortex. It looks like a lot of fun, though the gameplay is pretty dissimilar to Break Blocks; it's more of an Arkanoid style, whereas Break Blocks is in some ways more similar to Tetris and Bejeweled at its core. We'd love for you to try the demo :)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Released on Desura

Did you give the demo a test play? =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Thanks, MarcusM. Linux is definitely on our short list of places we'd like Break Blocks to go. If the game is successful, I think you can expect that to happen. *crosses fingers*

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Glad you like the idea =)

Would you happen to have played any of our Early Adopters builds, yet?

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Xienen @ Break Blocks IGF Build

I'd love to hear any feedback you may have after playing it =)

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Xienen @ Do you own a smartphone?

Am I the only one surprised by these results? I mean, I don't have a smart phone, but most of the people around me do. I assumed that most people had one, whether they gamed on it or not...though, after reading the comments, I guess a number of people that don't have a smart phone wish that they did...

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Xienen @ Something Big Is Coming

And how! This is gonna blow you guys away =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Menus

Thank you, sir =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Of course, there's always something new, I'll be showcasing our new menus today or tomorrow in video form.

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Xienen @ New Company Logo, Website, and Menus

Heh, I'm glad you like the logo, but that is a strange association indeed. Whatever works though, right? ;)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

Awesome! I'm not sure if you've read the news anywhere, but we'll be starting up an Early Adopters Program between the beginning of April and the end of June. We've been looking at everything we'd like to have ready before we start the program, and we're pretty sure it won't start until sometime in May at the earliest. We'll try to get it started as soon as possible, though.

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Xienen @ The Indie Dream

Squelching this misunderstanding: Desiderium is not an Orion developer, but Praz is. Desiderium is a developer standing up for a fellow developer, but none of the Orion developers have responded in a harsh fashion to the criticism expressed above.

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Difficulty System

Hah! I don't think anyone would buy the game if we included a gyrating Gregs in there ;)

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Xienen @ Greater Good Games

Don't forget to check out our Dev Blog at Greatergoodgames.org

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Difficulty System

I look forward to everyone trying the game, especially you Gregs ;)

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Xienen @ Writing a Scene Graph for 2D Games

Thanks, I hope it helps someone out there =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks

This is anything but a Tetris clone =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Gameplay Teaser

It definitely isn't impossible, it's just quite challenging on higher difficulties.

In just a few months you'll be able to find out for yourself! =)

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Xienen @ Break Blocks Early Adopters Program

Hah! How did I know you'd be the first one to comment? ;-P

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Xienen @ Xienen

Oh, I will! =)

Did you read about the Early Adopters Program for Break Blocks? It's up on the thread in the Gaming section of Tripwire's forums. It will also be posted up here later today(and the DevBlog, Facebook, Twitter, etc)

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