855716_largerThe week following GDC, we're still down exactly one Mike Meade, but that doesn't stop Jared and I from recording a rockin' podcast. We talk about Gunnar gaming glasses, Pam's birthday, iOS games, and the ridiculous onslaught of bummer news this week... Including, but not limited to the Threes / 2048 drama and what there is to do about the crazy state of clone madness on the App Store.

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  • P1XL Games

    Thanks for the Bad Student Driver mention! re: bassists wearing their instrument high, that's actually good for their wrists, kind of the opposite of using your laptop on your chest while lying on your back. But equally dorky. 🙂

  • Kiltedsheep

    As a liberal Brit, I read the headline 'A Gauntlet of Bummers' and thought it was rather offensive... then I read the rest of the article and realised what you meant

    • Cookies

      I thought the same thing 😛 Didn't take long to realize that's not what he meant though...

  • JC85

    After listening to this podcast, ive decide to buy threes. To support those guys

  • craighinrichs

    Regarding Threes and the problem of clones: no mention is made the great games that never get found. The threes developers have links with apple (I can't verify that but I am sure that is the case but do know that success in the store opens doors) all of us other developers don't get any love.

  • oooooomonkey

    Pfft, pah, and other awesome words that contribute nothing to the conversation 😉

  • Christian Valentin

    Was going to ignore SW: Assault Team, but I think I might give it a try now

  • Shawn Blais

    Great show Eli, the current situation in the App Store really does suck. We did ok with Bardbarian, but not enough to be profitable, and within a few days, pretty much gone from the charts. Even when you're not cloned, it's hard to do much of anythign with a paid app these days.

    We definitely echo the sentiments heard at GDC, that we're turning our attention to Steam/PSN/Vita and away from mobile, unfortunately. Not to say we won't do any more mobile stuff, but it's just not that appealing right now.

    We are trying a new F2P model though, where we're going to make the entire game free with required video-ads, and then purchasing any IAP will remove them. Hopefully that's a F2P business model that actually works, as it seems pretty healthy.

    Anyways, keep fightin the good fight, it's kinda dark times, but I'm sure shit will swing back around 🙂

    • Kiltedsheep

      Can't believe you weren't profitable with Bardbarian, which was a great game that seemed to be getting quite a bit of coverage. That's pretty depressing. If F2P is the way you have to go, though, the model you've described sounds like the best one possible. Best of luck

  • Stormourner

    I purchased Threes! to support the developers and protest against the clones

  • HandsomeLuke

    WTF is Funky Bus ?

    • nini

      Disco Zoo's little mini Flappy Bird thing.

  • HandsomeLuke

    oh damn it's the patriots at 52:50 :O