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VarnishedOtter

Critical Mass on Steam

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Hey everyone,

Critical Mass, the game I've been working on for over a year is finally finished and is now available on Steam!

Its a 3d puzzle game and was made by a team of two, myself as programmer and my mate as the artist.

We did everything ourselves, wrote the engine in C++ with OpenGL.

I would appreciate if you all would take a look and give me some feedback as we are starting to plan our next game.

It's available on Steam here: http://bit.ly/jJGRHd

And if you don't like Steam its available on ImpulseDriven too, as well as our website: http://bit.ly/l5G7iN

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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[quote name='Matias Goldberg' timestamp='1308887495' post='4827106']
Wow, congrats! Looks very addicting! Best of lucks

Dark Sylinc
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Thanks D.S!

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Impressive. I saw that game yesterday on Steam, but didn't know it's actually yours! Great job getting big out there :D Best of luck on future projects!
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[quote name='Zethariel' timestamp='1308904992' post='4827176']
Impressive. I saw that game yesterday on Steam, but didn't know it's actually yours! Great job getting big out there :D Best of luck on future projects!
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Thanks for the kind words Zethariel.
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I am curious to know what the process of getting it published on Steam was like. Care to explain?

Looked like a very addicting game by the way. Sceptical to trying it[img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif[/img]
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[quote name='Rodimus' timestamp='1309312263' post='4828908']
I am curious to know what the process of getting it published on Steam was like. Care to explain?

Looked like a very addicting game by the way. Sceptical to trying it[img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif[/img]
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Hi Rodimus,

I can't say a great deal due to NDA, but there should be enough information here to get you in the right direction:
[url="http://www.steampowered.com/steamworks/"]http://www.steampowered.com/steamworks/[/url]

Make sure you have a gameplay video when you submit your game. This is important.
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I see. Thank you for the link. Appreciate it[img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif[/img]
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[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1309312846' post='4828914']
Make sure you have a gameplay video when you submit your game. This is important.
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Thanks for the info. Such video... uploaded to youtube, vimeo, own server, via email (I doubt that one), direct download sites (i.e. Megaupload), <insert other options here>?


Thanks again.

Cheers

Dark Sylinc

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[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1309312846' post='4828914']
Make sure you have a gameplay video when you submit your game. This is important.
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I agree, I personally skip a game if there is no video. I can't see what is going on just from the picture.

Btw, great work. I see you got very good reviews.
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[quote name='Matias Goldberg' timestamp='1309359900' post='4829094']
Thanks for the info. Such video... uploaded to youtube, vimeo, own server, via email (I doubt that one), direct download sites (i.e. Megaupload), <insert other options here>?


Thanks again.

Cheers

Dark Sylinc
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Hi Matias,

We used vimeo, but I don't think it really matters. As long as it's accessible and decent quality.
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Critical Mass is on sale 50% off. $4.99 from July 1st - 10th http://bit.ly/l5G7iN

Also available on Steam and ImpulseDriven for $9.99
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[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hi everyone,

We released a patch last night that contains some new features.

Colorblind mode which places icons on the cubes to help colorblind people to be able to see the different cubes more easily. This can be enabled form the options menu.

Context sensitive mouse cursor which glows with the color of the current cube that will be placed. This will help you to see the color even when your cursor is not hovering over other blocks.

News feed allows you to see what changes we are making in game and see any new features we have added.

Leaderboards now load asynchronously instead of stalling out in the menu transition.

Bug fix allows you to play the game in Offline mode on Steam. (must play in online mode at least once before offline is enabled, this behavior is the same as if there is no internet connection available)

Users are now warned if their graphics drivers appear to be too old to run the game.

We are still looking into the issue of losing skillpoints discouraging people from playing and are trying to design a better metric to measure player skill, that doesn't have this issue.

Please continue to give us feedback and report any problems that you experience. You can contact us here in the Steam forums, on our website CriticalMassGame.com or on twitter @ManicGames.

We hope you enjoy the changes!
-Matt[/font]
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Hi everyone,

The PC Demo for Critical Mass has officially been released and is available on Steam (http://bit.ly/jJGRHd) and http://CriticalMassGame.com.
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[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310538740' post='4834642']
Hi everyone,

The PC Demo for Critical Mass has officially been released and is available on Steam ([url="http://bit.ly/jJGRHd"]http://bit.ly/jJGRHd[/url]) and [url="http://CriticalMassGame.com."]http://CriticalMassGame.com.[/url]
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Good Work!
Looks and Feals like a [b]well [/b]Polished Game.

can you add an option to change the screen refresh rate ?
because i dont like 60Hz refresh rate, i dont have a LCD, only a CRT.

can i sak you a question about Steam and your country's taxe's ?
does steam pay those taxes for you, or do you have to do that yourself ?

one more question, what did you use to make Critacle Mass ?
DirectX, OpenGL, Ogre 3D, Unity, SDL, Etc
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Hi Ryan,


There is an option to turn off vsync, which will give you frame rates as fast as your video card will allow.

Australia and the US have a tax treaty which means that the amount of tax withheld is significantly lower and that any taxes withheld in the US are deducted from our taxes in Australia.

We used C++ and OpenGL to write a custom engine for Critical Mass.

Hope this answers your questions, anything else, feel free to ask.
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[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310564443' post='4834819']
There is an option to turn off vsync, which will give you frame rates as fast as your video card will allow.
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ok, did'nt think of that.

[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310564443' post='4834819']
Australia and the US have a tax treaty which means that the amount of tax withheld is significantly lower and that any taxes withheld in the US are deducted from our taxes in Australia.
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so as i understand it, what ever is owed to the "state" gets billed to you ?

[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310564443' post='4834819']
We used C++ and OpenGL to write a custom engine for Critical Mass.
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whats your engine called ?

did you create your own archive format ? ( demo.ass )
but why the ass extension ?
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I'm pretty sure it works this way.

Valve pays the US some taxes out of our profits, using our EIN. Then the IRS tell the Australian ATO how much money they have received and it is deducted from our taxes in AUS. The Australian tax treaty means that Valve only have to pay 5% to the US instead of 30%, then we pay the rest here.

The engine has had a few different codenames, but the closest to an official one is just ManicEngine. Some other things it's been called over the various iterations have been TeaRacer, Gumball, CubeWars and Moodcubes, usually to do with whatever prototype forced an engine rewrite.

We wrote our own asset archive format to work better with our streaming tech. The filename "demo.ass" refers to "demo assets".

And about the coffee, yes it was very important to the completion of this game.
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[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310609390' post='4835094']
I'm pretty sure it works this way.

Valve pays the US some taxes out of our profits, using our EIN. Then the IRS tell the Australian ATO how much money they have received and it is deducted from our taxes in AUS. The Australian tax treaty means that Valve only have to pay 5% to the US instead of 30%, then we pay the rest here.
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Thanks, clears that up.

[quote name='VarnishedOtter' timestamp='1310609390' post='4835094']
The engine has had a few different codenames, but the closest to an official one is just ManicEngine. Some other things it's been called over the various iterations have been TeaRacer, Gumball, CubeWars and Moodcubes, usually to do with whatever prototype forced an engine rewrite.
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so you have released other games ?
can you give a link to them ?
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Examiner Interview With James Barrie (Manic Game Studios):
Jamie shares his thoughts on Indie development, DLC, DRM and more. http://exm.nr/nUmpp3
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