The GANG Minute: Launch Party, Game Dev Tycoon Giveaway, And Steam Gift Exchange

*** GIVEAWAY ALERT:  Read the full article for a Game Dev Tycoon giveaway at the end.  Remember: some entries can be earned daily..  Such as tweeting out.  Be sure to copy the tweet URL to validate the entry.  Good luck!  GANG contributors are welcome to participate.  I am not allowed to win, of course, because I am the one giving the prize away.  LOL ***

 

Hey GANG!

I’ve been running around like a chicken without a head – in a GOOD way!  We’re working on launching new shows, do some giveaways and contests, and keep the momentum going.  Pardon the marketing talk but, really, momentum rocks..  We are making big moves!

What momentum am I talking about?  Peep the video version of The GANG Minute.

 

…And now for some highlights and latest haps!

Geeky Antics Network Launch Party

What is this business about a launch party?  Well, it’s more like a marketing campaign but that’s boring.  This is a big celebration.

  • We are celebrating hitting some big milestones during our soft launch/beta phase – 3K+ fans on Facebook – w00t!
  • We are celebrating our awesome shows, collaborators, contributors, and supporters.
  • We are celebrating the influx of donations in the form of love, monetary support, games, services, etc.
  • We are celebrating YOU!

There’s no end date for the campaign.  Basically, the better the results, the more we will keep it going.  We need your help.

Tell your friends about what we are doing here.  The Geeky Antics network is here to help geeks liberate their content and level the playing field.  The 1% dominates so many spaces, podcasting and streaming inclusive, and we want to empower others to get A-Lister results without losing their souls.  We hope this excites our community as much as our contributors.

I am passionate about our mission to bring quality, authentic geeky content to a more global audience.  Our vision is simple: we want to be a Geek & Sundry that will focus more on engagement and niche content with a simple approach, rather than featuring huge personalities or focusing on high production value.  We’re hoping by celebrating and creating the good kind of hype, we can rally more people behind these core values and ideals.

As part of this campaign, we will launch several events and new content series.  This includes, but is not limited to, giveaways, contests, podcasts, streams, marathons, and fundraisers.  Nothing is set in stone because we like to stay nimble so we will play off each other.  Please help us out by sharing our excitement with your friends and family.

 

New Features, Content, And Goodies

We have a CRAP-TON of awesome new features and goodies on the new Geeky Antics site.  Here’s a quick run-through:

  • Site registration
  • Custom profiles & avatars
  • LIVE TV
  • Achievements
  • Friending
  • Forums
  • YouTube sharing
  • Twitter sharing
  • Open commenting

That’s just for starters.  We’ll go more in-depth during HorsePLAY! LIVE so be sure to join us on the GeekyAntics Twitch channel Thursday at 9pm EDT.

One of the most exciting things we are adding are two new areas.  The first will allow us to do fundraising for individual contributors and the network as a whole.  The biggest one is our Storytelling section.  Here, we will feature community submissions in the form of short stories, fan fiction, haikus, or whatever other creative writing you guys share with us.  We will also share stuff from aspiring authors and other awesome geeks you might have heard of (Nika Harper, we’re looking at you).

Please keep checking back.  We’re doing constant updates to the site and they’re all kind of a big deal. *grin*

 

Game Dev Tycoon Logo & Gameplay Screen

 

Game Dev Tycoon Giveaway

UPDATE 6/25/2014: The giveaway has been added to this blog post and our Facebook fan page. No one has entered… Yet. The opportunity is ripe for the taking!

Ah, giveaways, people love them..  We know that so this is almost obligatory.  This may not be the best marketing strategy BUT it is a great way to give back to our community.

With that in mind, our first official giveaway as a network will be Game Dev Tycoon.  This is a wonderful game by Greenheart Games that puts you into a light simulation where you play as the founder of a game development studio.  You get to start from the garage and, if you make good decisions, you will grow into a megacorporation.  Game Dev Tycoon is a surprisingly deep experience but it is also quite easy to pick up and figure out.  If you want high replay value and something that is very much “pick up and play”, you’ll LOVE Game Dev Tycoon!

Details for this giveaway and others will be featured here on the blog.  We may make a dedicated giveaways/promos area.  I am still debating on that.  I LOVE giveaways but I also know we should not fall into the trap of gimmicky marketing.  Our hope is that people will come for the free stuff but find value in human connections and great content.

 

Hammerwatch - Four Player Dungeon Crawling Retro-Style Coop Fun

Steam And GOG Summer Sales

GOLLY!

There are so many great games on sale right now.  Between Steam and GOG, I don’t know where to start.  We won’t even get into Humble Bundle (though you should check them out since their proceeds go to charity and supporting growing developers).  My first recommendation is Hammerwatch.

Hammerwatch reminds me of old-school Gauntlet with deeper gameplay.  It’s still minimalist in some areas without compromising replay value.  The biggest thing to note in Hammerwatch is that it rewards teamwork and exploration.  Also, the boss battles are all epic..  And quite challenging.

Risk Of Rain - Rogue-Like INSANITY!

Another pick I’d like to share is Risk Of Rain.  Like Hammerwatch, Risk Of Rain has online multiplayer support for up to four players.  The choices in character classes/roles are more extensive.  On that note, Hammerwatch does need more character types and customization but it’s still a great game.

I’ve been really into the rogue-likes lately.  Something about insanely hard, permadeath type games keeps me coming back for more.

Maybe I’m a massochist?

Other games to keep an eye out are…

  • BroForce
  • Skulls of the Shogun
  • Natural Selection II
  • Magic 2014
  • Magic 2013 (better than 2014, IMHO)
  • The Ship
  • CSGO
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Guns of Icarus Online
  • Monaco

…And that’s just to name a few.  I am focusing on multiplayer games because it’d be AWESOME to do some community gaming and streaming.

 

Steam Gift Exchange & Free Games

Before we wrap this issue of The GANG Minute, I want to remind everyone that both Steam and GOG have free games you can score just by signing up and claiming them.  Steam does require installation of their client first but that’s besides the point.  We encourage our fellow geeks to participate in our Steam gift exchange to keep the good cheer and new friendships going strong.  Many of the purchases on Steam come with giftable copies or 2/4-pack bundles.  What a great opportunity to brighten someone’s day!

Shout-out to Spathizilla, Zang, Dblueguy, and everyone else who has donated games for personal use and giveaway purposes.  You guys are AMAZING!

Thank you for tuning in..  Now to get the Game Dev Tycoon giveaway online!  w00t w00t!!

Do you have any games on your Steam or GOG radar?  Share them in the comments.  Maybe someone will gift you a copy!

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Comments

  1. Rock on!

  2. Lots of great things going on! I hope the Geeky Antics community continues to grow!

    There truly is valuable content here on the site. Hopefully, more people will swing by and explore all the goodness!

    • Thank you Jay – encouragement is core to our experience. We need more of it in the geek community. Little by little, we’re bringing positive change.

      There have been tons of people on the site but, as one may expect, most are lurkers. This is why we’ll be campaigning to “Tell A Friend”. It’s easier to bolster influence when there is familiarity and trust via proxy, no?

      SUPER excited about all the things we have going on! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway, folks. For this one, there is no rule against contributors participating but I would say leave it for the rest of the community; otherwise, people might call shenanigans on us. =oP

  3. Hmmm, still no entries for the giveaway. I guess because it’s not a super-popular game.. But, come on, it’s free. You can always gift it onward to a Steam friend. Trust me: Game Dev Tycoon is GREAT!

    This is our first blog and Facebook-based giveaway so there may be some kinks to work out. Please stand by. =o)

  4. Oh shizzle.. Do I spy a ZombieVoer? Why, yes, yes I do!

    Guys, give ZombieVoer a warm welcome. He is one of the most supportive people I know in the Twitch community. Always eager to help out whatever way he can, whether it’s with donations, words of encouragement, raids, or anything else. He is AWESOME!

    CommentLuv seems broken at the moment so I’d like to pimp out one of WordPress’ most-featured blogs, You’ve Been Hooked – http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com – Robert has hit a bit of a rough patch and needs some empowerment. We’re looking to have him, JM Bell, Nika Harper, Rachel Drummond, and other authors featured right here on Geeky Antics in the “Storytelling” section (under construction).

    This Game Dev Tycoon is just one of many ways we’re trying to give back to the community and keep the hype machine going strong. Join us in the party by sharing, commenting, following, and doing all that social stuff.

    Last but certainly not least, subscribe to our mailing list by using the handy-dandy form on the upper right-hand corner of the primary sidebar. This will be a great way to stay in touch and give you early access to our promotions, events, breaking news, and other geeky goodness!

  5. Greetings Zombievoer!

  6. stinky wizzleteeth says:

    this game is really good

    why aren’t more people entering?? are you daft?!!

  7. I’d be more inclined to enter if potato chips were on the line. Not literally, of course.. Eating potato chips from the ground is uncivilized; unless, of course, they are Pringles. Those are engineered to avoid picking up any sort of nasty contaminants.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Potato D Chip

  8. This game is the next game we are cloning.

    We will call it “Game Development Simulator”. GDS for short. Studies show that gamers love acronyms. It’s very HIP!

    It will be a bit more unique in that you can play as a goat and shoot fireballs out of your nostrils. Your tongue is upgradeable so that you can take advantage of our unique break-everything engine. We already have 10 DLCs lined up.

    We are excited about the potential with this project. The game will be released for only $40 and, upon launch, the virtual store will be available. There, you can purchase skins, unlock the renaming feature, and download a hack that actually makes the game easier.

    I will let you all in on a wonderful little secret. If you want to win at this game or our upcoming game, just make a FPS (First Person Shooter) and throw in some cleavage. The kids LOVE that and it will sell like hot cakes!

    DISCLAIMER: We are not licensed to produce or sell hot cakes, nor are we affiliated with Greenheart Games or McDonald’s. If you have concerns about this message, contact us at blackhole@ripoffvideogames.com and we will be sure to respond sometime between now and never. Thank you.

  9. I wish I had picked up this game during the summer Steam sale. It looks awesome but all those pesky pirates will just steal my game and I’ll lose.

    Sadface.

    • So worth tho.. Also, the hackers that try to cut you “deals” are far worse. Haha

      • We have a winner for the Game Dev Tycoon game on Steam: RacingJon! He got his copy during HorsePLAY! LIVE and went straight to playing it. Awesome! Thanks to MaidenShyWhiteWolf for gifting the game onward. This giveaway may be over but there will be more.. And the Steam gift exchange will continue to be a thing too!

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  11. WOW! What are the odds that MaidenShyWhiteWolf (Jolene S) wins another giveaway here on GANG? CRAZY! What’s even more cool is that she gifted both her prizes to people that wanted the games more.

    FearTheJeff won Left4Dead 2 and RacingJon got Game Dev Tycoon. Gratz, guys – you really deserve it! Be sure to support Maiden on her Twitch channel and with her artwork. Spread the word and the love, fellow geeks!

    http://twitch.tv/MaidenShyWhiteWolf

    Maiden streams a little bit of everything but lately I’ve seen League Of Legends and some horror/zombie games. Always a fun watch and she is super friendly!

    We love you guys! There will be more giveaways. Trust me, I have a nice stockpile of Steam video games to give away and I know there are others throwing into the pool of prizes, too! =oD

  12. Maidenshywhitewolf says:

    This is an amazing thing to do. its nice and i did win but someone really wanted the game, so i wanted to give it to them as a present. but im excited for what will come of this and hopefully it will grow 😀

  13. Profile photo of Maidenshywhitewolf says:

    This is an amazing thing to do. its nice and i did win but someone really wanted the game, so i wanted to give it to them as a present. but im excited for what will come of this and hopefully it will grow 😀

    and thank you for the shoutout of my stream i stream a lot actually

    • We will certainly do more but, if anything, everyone is welcome to gift games on Steam. It seems everyone is sitting on at least one giftable game.. Or maybe trading cards. It all counts. One little gift can make a BIG impact on someone’s day!

      NP on the stream shout-out.. That’s part of what we do, after all! Stay on the grind! I know Twitch is rough to us non-one-percenters but we can do it.. Your channel has been poppin’ lately, too – w00t!!

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