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We take another look at the stimulating life of an Indie Game Man, as well as another in-depth video of the Frozen Synapse beta...

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After last week's update struggles it's good to be back with another weighty pile of content to dump on your metaphorical lawn. First up, here's another quality Synapse video by Mr K - this one really goes into some detail...

Kieron Gillen mentioned us on the ever-wonderful Rock Paper Shotgun this week in their The Sunday Papers section - pleasing!

The beta continues apace. Once we have some further art in, we will be giving out some invites to our current beta-ites so they can get their friends in. More invites will be issued stage-by-stage so we can keep a tiny bit of control over what's happening.

Talking of art...


Here's a refraction effect which we'll be using as part of our explosions - I'm excited to see some progress on the explosions as they are, obviously, a very important part of the art. Our tech artist has now switched to trying to get coverage of all the character animations we'll need, so hopefully we'll have those in soon.

Visiting the Village Episode 26 is out - please listen if you haven't before...

Hit us up on teh iTunez also if you like this kind of thing...


We really enjoy doing this show, and we'd like all of our Synapse followers to get involved and submit questions via Twitter.

And now, the section you have come to love / hate: an insight into my LIFE...

Mr Potato Man has been with me for just under a year now - he was my antidote to finally having to buy boring adult stuff for a house / appartment. Mr Potato Man is completely useless in every way, both aesthetically and as a vegetable peeler. He embodies failure. Here he is pictured in ominous shadow, plotting his revenge.

Owing to its miniscule size, our kitchen always looks like it has exploded if I do ANYTHING in there whatsoever. It requires constant cleaning and attention, like an annoying soiled child.

This appalling image shows an old-style phone box in my village, which now has 1.) no phone 2.) this chart representing the progress of the village croquet tournament. Croquet is a fairly hardcore game of vicious tactics - there should definitely be an XBLA croquet game. No, we're not going to make one.



That's it for now - more soon.

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Silverfisk - - 1,080 comments

Vid was cool, the explosion looks cool I think, I can't really tell unless it's in the shape of a video. ;)

Congrats on the RPSness!

Horses are a bit scary BTW, so I can understand they warn you. :O

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Mode7Games Author
Mode7Games - - 446 comments

Heh, there will be *so many* explosion videos if we get it looking the way I want - don't worry!

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SIGILL - - 1,157 comments

Lol, explosions are awesome video material ^^
I love the vids btw, it looks like a fairly complex game and I love complex games/things :D
Because when you've learned how everything works, you have unlimited possibilities! (well, kind of)

Mr. Potato Man is scary (but awesome), I wonder what his revenge will be like...

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Mode7Games Author
Mode7Games - - 446 comments

It will be carbohydratey.

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dill1233 - - 94 comments

That's such an awesome idea! A XBLA croquet game! The only problem is who would be so bored enough to make one. Either way, I love Mr. Potato Head and he should definitely be your Studio's mascot (besides the fact that he'll start killing people like Chucky or something someday)! By the way, the explosion seems to be really cool, but it also seems kind of edgy and not so smooth. Yet, I'm sure you guys already got that undercontrol. Peace, Dill...

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Mode7Games Author
Mode7Games - - 446 comments

Thanks, as ever, Dill. Our artist is working flat out at the moment - we're just trying to get basic coverage over all the aspects we'll need, and then we're going to go back and refine stuff. This is only the start!

He's currently working on some really awesome dynamic lighting stuff which will create more depth and make everything look a bit more moody - updates soon.

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Ashix - - 235 comments

If horses get a caution sign;
do Goats get a warning sign or a danger sign?

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