We received this email from ETC alum Tom Smith from ETC spinoff SilverTree Media. Play a game today, and call itresearch!
Dear Friends of the ETC,
On March 28th, we launched our third SilverTree game Cordy Sky, which is Featured on the Apple App Store and Free to Play! The game is a casual "jump platformer" starring Cordy and it has been picking up some great reviews. In just a few days, It has skyrocketed to the top 100 of All Apps on the App Store and we are all really excited. We hope you get the chance to pick it up and play! If you like the game and would like to support us, please consider buying a gear pack or just rating the app 5 stars and leaving a review. You can't imagine how helpful this is, as we are taking the grass-routes approach to marketing.
Our other SilverTree Media games are also available: Cordy (Google Play, Apple) and Sleepy Jack (Google Play, Apple iPhone, iPad). Cordy is listed a Top Ten Best Android Game of 2011 by the New York Times, and featured by both Apple and Android on a number of top ten lists including "Best Platformer". Sleepy Jack is also featured on Apple and Android, and is picking up some great reviews including "Top 10 Best Mobile Game of 2011" by Pocket Gamer and "Game of the Week" by Kotaku.
Thanks to you all for helping to get word out there for our studio, we couldn't have done it without the help of the ETC! We would really appreciate your continuing to share the news with your friends. All SilverTree Games can be found here. Feel free to follow SilverTree on Facebook as well: facebook.com/themeedj
Congratulations to our friends at Silvertree on a job well done!
Road to the IGF: Coco & Co's Way
March 2, 2012
Developed in a single semester by a group at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, Coco & Co's Way is an unusual cooperative puzzle-platformer that pairs players with an anonymous person they need to work with to progress.
The challenge comes from the Windows/Mac game not allowing players to speak or type messages to each other -- instead, they need to communicate what they need their partner to accomplish through gestures with their virtual characters.
This year's Independent Games Festival has selected Way as not just a Student Showcase finalist, but also a nominee for the Nuovo award, which recognizes games with innovative experiences.
Chris Bell, who helped design Way's alpha build and is now looking to fund a more fleshed out version of the game, talked with Gamasutra about how getting lost in Japan inspired the concept, and how failures in games can make them feel more personal.
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The student project mindful xp (Michael Lee, Daniel Lin, and Felix Park) along with ETC student Adam Lederer, music composer, created R-evolution, a Unity game made in 8 days, for the Experimental Gameplay Project's 5 Buttons Competition. The game was a up as finalists and entrants to the Stattmedia Game Competition. In the end, the game won 3rd place.
As part of the competition, last Friday the 17th their game was displayed among the other finalists in the Stattbad Art Gallery in Berlin, Germany. There, the general public as well as judges could play and vote on their favorite games.
mindful xp's stated goal is to create meaningful games, and getting displayed in an art gallery with their first game is an excellent start!
Let's all give them a warm congratulations for winning!
Team VT is the newest addition to the long-running High Point Pittsburgh project. VIRTUALLY THERE is a web-based real-time interactive simulation of a proposed venue to be built on top of the U.S. Steel building, Pittsburgh’s tallest building that boasts the largest surface area of any skyscraper rooftop in the United States.
Make sure to check out the team's progress on their web site!