Jan 8, 2013
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Ouya: Devs vs Fans

With everyone being excited about the Ouya a meet and greet has been organised for Thursday 24 January at the Skills Matter eXchange. It’s for people to talk about the Ouya and and touch some of the devkits that were recently sent out. Potential Ouya devs come along and find out more, devs who already have Ouyas can come and show off their games in progress, or just talk to other developers. The public (yes them) are also invited to prod at things and kick the tires on the whole scene.


There will be a Q&A session from Ouya team member Al Sutton. He will answer all your questions, plus some you didn’t even think of, and I heard he also has some great shellfish recipes he wants to share if there aren’t enough questions. All this and more!

I will be in attendance, possibly with a game-in-progress. I’m sure there will be plenty of other London Indie types turning up too. So go register now (you also need to register at the Sklls Matter website), and come along.

Nov 20, 2012
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Super Meat Boy Galaxy

Our favourite London Indie, Aubrey Hesselgren is trying to do a worthwhile thing and raise money for anti-suicide God-squad The Samaritans.

Donate some money to go to needy people and you can get your hands on the fantastic Super Meat Boy Galaxy. All the fun of a dodgy 3d camera combined with the endlessly easy going nature of a bitter, hate-the-player indie 2D platformer.

No but seriously, this is a good game, you’d love to play it.

You may also be interested to know that SMBG is currently installed on The Beast and if you go to the London Hackspace you may be able to play it there. I actually have not checked up on The Beast in a few months so I cannot guarantee this, but it certainly was true last time I was there.

Oct 2, 2012
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Code Club

You may have heard of Code Club, but if not you should hear about it now!

Code Club is an volunteer-run after school club, teaching kids how to program using games and the Scratch visual programming language. They already run over 250 programs around the country and want to get even more people involved so even more kids can have a Code Club at their school.

They are running two short courses for adults who want to volunteer; you can learn Scratch, and get some tips on how to get involved running or helping out at a Code Club at your local primary school. There will be a Q&A with co-founder Clare Sutcliffe and a Scratch workshop.

I think it’s a brilliant idea to get more children interested in programming and technology. If you know a little bit of programming and want to help out doing it for the kids then get yourself along.

More details are at their website.

Sep 25, 2012
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Wild Rumpus #3

It’s that time again! Wild Rumpus Time! Yeah!


Our favourite indie games club night returns to London after its visits to LA and Nottingham. This one is bigger and better than ever before, hosted at Cargo, just off Kingsland Road, and costing a mere £5 for a beautiful ticket. It’s this Thursday too, the 27th September.

The line up this time brings some old favourites together with some new delights:

  • Megagirp – Girp on steroids, 4 dance mats stuck together with magic glue courtesy of Douglas Wilson and Bennet Foddy.
  • Swordfight – Have you ever wanted to strap an Atari joystick to your crotch and (actually I don’t know what you do in this game). From Kurt Bleg and Ramsay Nesser (and Gareth Biggs for the Atari strapons).
  • Uprok – Five players, one foot pedal each. A kind of minimalist multiplayer Tiny Wings. Made by yours truly, Joe Bain.
  • Barabariball – A retro futuristic Super Smash Bros. meets volleyball from Noah Sasso.
  • Komendium – A collection of obtuse and delightful 2-player mini-games from Michael Brough.
  • Super Hexagon Tournament – Normal amazing insane addictive reaction rape Super Hexagon by Terry Cavanagh but with a winner takes all tournament stickered on.
  • Cumulo Nimblers – Bounce on clouds and collect coins. Apparently. Sounds ace. By Farbs and John Martz.
  • Recurse – A webcammy sound-reacty something-thing. It looks tres interesting. By Matt Parker, Colin Snyder and Ithai Benjamin.

So yeah, loads and loads. You should go, I’ll be there, that other guy, the cool one, he’ll be there, so will everyone else. Go get a ticket.

Sep 25, 2012
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AdventureX: Adventure Game Event

Do you sleep with Sam and Max dolls next to your bed? Do you have all the Discworld games, still in their original, oversized PC box packaging? Are you madly in love with Dan or Ben and their funny, angular walks (accurate to real life, I can confirm)?

If so then AdventureX 2012 is for you! AdventureX is a kind of festival / conference event for adventure game fans and makers, both professional and independent. There will be hands on adventure games previews, presentations on up and coming adventure games, a quiz (with prizes!), an audience driven choose-your-own-adventure, and an after-party.

Guest speakers already confirmed are Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games and creator of the Blackwell series and Stephen Marely, writer and designer on Playstation and PC survival horror Martian Gothic.

The event runs for two days, over Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December. It is being held near Liverpool Street Stn., on Middlesex Street under the kind awnings of the University of East Anglia, and entry will be free.

How does such a grand and unparalleled games super-event manage to charge nothing on the doors though? The organisers, Mark Lovegrove and Alasdair Beckett-King, have set up an Indie-Go-Go fundraiser to secure £1665 ($2200) to cover all the costs of the event. It’s a lovely, socialistic endeavour, which means anyone can just turn up on the day, and they don’t have to worry about selling enough tickets on the door. It does need your help to get it going though.

Sep 7, 2012
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We’re Back!

The London Indies website has been down for a couple of weeks. Many apologies! My server exploded, or so I’m told, and I had no backups.

So here we are, starting from dot. I managed to rescue some of the old posts from Google cache and I may get round to reposting them over the course of the rest of my life. Please do not hold your breath though. Unless you are a free diver. My uncle is an amateur free diver. He had to make a neck weight, filled with lead shot. You can’t buy them because apparently they are dangerous, so he made one.

To celebrate the return of the website: Ninjas. Courtesy of the wonderful Jerry (aka King Baggot)!

This actually happens quite a lot.