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SteamBirds is a turn-based air combat Time Waster

When I think of air combat games, the first thing that comes to mind is certainly not turn-based games. However, SteamBirds is a turn-based game that manages to make the game both suspenseful and action-packed. In SteamBirds, you command one or more "steambirds," which are fusion aircraft that were invented in 1835. Oops, did I forget to mention that SteamBirds is based on an alternative...

Kodu, Microsoft's game creation lab for kids, comes to the PC

For about a year now, kids with Xbox 360s have been able to create their own games with Microsoft's Kodu. Over 200,000 downloads later, Kodu has arrived on the PC. Kodu lets kids create characters and maps, and program their own events. It might not be complex and hard to learn, but it's fun and it gets kids hooked on programming early. You can download a preview version now and try it out for...

How To: Create your own game company, Part Two

In part one I talked about a lot of the production tools: 3d apps, game engines, and so on. This time I want to tie that in to the business end. How do you run the company, and how do you make money? First of all, I discovered PopCap Games offers their engine to developers for free. The license agreement spells out the details, but primarily all you need to do is acknowledge using the PopCap Games...

Secret Maryo - Today's Time Waster

Need to scratch that Mario itch? Well here's Maryo anyway: Secret Maryo! It's obviously an homage to a certain plumbing Italian guy we all know and love. Yes, the action of Mario's universe is recaptured in this 2D run and jump clone, which uses Simple Directmedia Layer under the hood to run. It's cool enough to play the maps provided, but Secret Maryo allows you to build your own wacky unlicensed...