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  1. We have extended our contest to December 1st!   You can read about the extension on our blog: http://blog.gamepressapp.com/post/65388776103/greatest-game-challenge-extension   There is still lots of time to take part!
  2. We  recently partnered with loftinnovation.org, they are offering a fellowship through the entertainment Software Association. This fellowship is open to minorities between the ages of 16-24 and the goal is to create a game to address social issues. Fellows will receive a $1000 grant, all expenses paid trip to washington DC and more. To apply you can go to http://www.LoftInnovation.org/Programs Also the contest deadline is coming up soon!  There is still lots of time to make a great game! Some cool games so far include an 8bit survival horror side scroller, and a heavy metal endless runner style game.
  3. Hi everyone I would like to tell you about our free iPad app GamePress, it is not exactly a game, but it is a too and community that you guys may really enjoy using to create fun games, or quickly prototype your ideas while on the go.   It's an app called GamePress. GamePress let's you unleash your creativity and create the games of your imagination with no programming.  We make it fun to create, share, and even play mobile games right on your iPad.    YouTube video http://youtube.com/watch?v=OZUNhviJLr8 Some features include:   Easy to use level editor so you can easily build your worlds and place objects Behaviour editor which replaces programming. Works like a flowchart of actions and events Complete physics engine (powered by Box2D) Particle Editor so you can quickly whip up some awesome particles Sound Effects creator so you can make some custom sound effects Thousands of included art assets to get you started on making your games Ability to import your own graphics, music, or sound effects Tweening Effects. The GamePress Arcade. You can play,rate, or edit games form users around the world!       GamePress is avaialble for free! Download it now       https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/GamePress/id637370800?mt=8     We also just announced a competition for GamePress. The user who creates the best game can win a Sony PS4, as well as some other great prizes.   Click the image below for more information on how to enter! (http://blog.gamepressapp.com/post/61562633087/gamepress-greatest-game-challenge)   Check out www.gamepressapp.com to download GamePress for free and start making (and playing) some great games!     Stay updated by following us on twitter and facebook