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Stop reading this and go buy Braid. September 12, 2009

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"Whee! So much savings!"

Do you have five bucks? Do you like soothing cello music, time travel and “art?” Well then Steam has the weekend deal just for you!

The boys over at Valve are offering Braid, last summer’s indie gamer darling, at 66% off its normal price, so instead of schilling out $15, all you have to pay is $5.

This deal is perfect for anyone who hasn’t got the chance to play it yet, or for those people who just couldn’t scrape together enough to pay for the exorbitant $15 price tag.

I’ve already talked my roommate into buying it, which means you should too! Seriously, why are you still even reading this? Get out.


Braid creator announces new game, “The Witness” August 4, 2009

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John Blow's next game?

Johnathan Blow, creator of last year’s indie favorite, Braid, has announced a his next game on his blog.

Simply titled “The Witness,” Blow provided a link to the new game’s official web site, which greets visitors with this quote from¬† Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu:

Something amorphous and consummate existed before Heaven and Earth. Solitude! Vast! Standing alone, unaltering. Going everywhere, yet unthreatened. It can be considered the Mother of the World. I don’t know its name, so I designate it, ‘Tao’. Compelled to consider it, name it ‘the Great’.

And that’s just the splash page. With a quote like that,¬† it doesn’t look like The Witness will be any less deep or artsy than its predecessor.

The Witness, according to the site, is “an exploration-puzzle game on an uninhabited island,” and is set to be finished in late 2011.

Looks like fans of Braid (myself included) will have something to drool over for the next couple years. We’ll keep you posted as more details of the game are revealed.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! Real betas! July 17, 2009

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Dejobaan Games, the makers of the upcoming BASE jumping game with the frame-breaking title, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity (or Aaaaa! for short), are releasing Fileplanet exclusive betas this weekend and next.

The beta events, which are open only to Fileplanet subscribers and registered users, are running every weekend and allowing players to download four levels along with a tutorial to get new players accustomed to the game.

Aaaaa! throws players off miles-high structures and sends them careening through a complex maze of buildings and girders, all while picking up powerups and whizzing stupidly close to the skyscrapers around you for bonus points.

For those who don’t want to register for Fileplanet and don’t mind playing levels that aren’t “exclusive,” you can download the demo for free on Dejobaan’s website.

And, if you really like what you see, Dejobaan is offering a 30-level private pre-release for those who pre-order the game now for $15.

[UPDATE: The Fileplanet betas for this weekend have run out, but you can still pre-order the beta for next weekend.]