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Posts tagged “Cliff-Harris”

Feature: Mostly positive

What developers think of Steam reviews

Since 2013, Steam has allowed its users to leave reviews on the Steam page of games they have purchased. Using the system, players can leave a written description of the game in question, and then award it a binary “Recommended” or “Not Recommended” rating. These reviews are then aggregated into “recent” and “overall” ratings for the game which are displayed on the game's Steam page.…

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Beta Available To Buy Now

Is pre-ordering still pre-ordering if you get instant access to the game? That's the case with Gratuitous Space Battles 2 [official site], Positech's follow-up to the spacewar/laserguns management game. If you buy the game now via the developer website, you get instant access to its beta. There's a new trailer below to prove it.

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Attack Of The Clones & Drones: New Democracy 3 DLC Out

Democracy 3 is a political simulator that works best when treated as a toy rather than a strategy game. Put aside your instinctive desire to win and instead just tinker with its societal web and play out different what-if scenarios. "What happens if the welfare state is dismantled," you ask. And in the game. The last expansion let you push those what-ifs into extremism, and…

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Trailer Comes In Peace

I've spent untold hours watching back replays of my own Supreme Commander games, taking the opportunity to slow-down or speed-up time, watch maneuvers by my opponents I missed the first time around, and to marvel at the bombastic laser wars that eventually decide each match. Gratuitious Space Battles is that whole process as an entire game: you build a fleet, design the ships, and then…

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Greatest Britain: Democracy 3 Hands-On

I returned to Democracy 3 in an attempt to put right the wrongs of my previous administration. On my first visit, I broke Britain, crushing its culture and creating a country reminiscent of Clockwork Orange, filled with gangs and ultraviolence. During my second stint in government, I expected to inhabit the middle ground, hoping to discover stability in mediocrity. As always, the plan didn't quite…

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Feature: Breaking Britain

A Web Of Lies: Democracy 3 Hands-On

Damn you, Democracy 3, and damn you Cliffski. I wouldn’t say I’m quite at the point where I sympathise with the many blood-sucking insects that make up the UK’s political scene, but I worry that I’m starting to think like one of them. When I began playing, I was determined to do the right thing. A couple of hours later, I realised I didn't know…

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Feature: Indie Games Are Growing Up

On The Power And The Diminishing Returns Of “Indie”

Something is happening. I've noticed it, you may have noticed it, and it's probably no surprise to anyone who's ever bought an "indie" record. The corporations with a finger in this delicious pie we call the games industry have been watching what's happened, too. They've been watching the achievements of the likes of Jonathan Blow, 2Dboy, Notch/Mojang and other countless successful indie developers. Now, they're…

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Cabinet Of Curiosities: Democracy 3

Peek behind the scenes of power and you'll find paper trails and perfidy, but behind the curtain at Positech the scene is entirely different. In the first development video for Democracy 3, Cliffski discusses the new additions to the third game in the political simulator. We'd already heard about the major changes to the private sector, which will allow for more variety in the workings…

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Occupy Positech: Democracy 3 Announced

When he isn't mounting gratuitous battles between war-vehicles of various sorts, Cliff Harris likes to model the political world. The next project from Positech will be Democracy 3, which will benefit not only from updated code, being 95% written from scratch, it'll also update its political world to incorporate the events of the last five years. Much has changed since Democracy 2's release and the…

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Over The Top: Gratuitous Tank Battles Beta Release

Much-anticipated RTS/sim/tower-defense game Gratuitous Tank Battles is now available, even though it's not entirely complete. The just-this-moment released beta can be yours if you preorder the finished version for $22.95. Currently only available direct from Positech, a purchase will last forever and ever, and there will also be a Steam key provided once the game is released there. Hurrah! In case you didn't know, Gratuitous…

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Development Shell: Gratuitous Tank Battles

If there's one thing better than tanks fighting it out, it's tanks fighting it out for no reason other than because they are tanks. Let Tanks Be Tanks should be the subtitle of Cliffski's RTS, Gratuitous Tank Battles. Followed by three exclamation, because nothing says gratuitous than '!!!'. Even the sound in this video is gratuitous: Cliffski has recorded 7 minutes of the game playing,…

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Treadnaughts: Gratuitous Tank Battles

Hello 2012! The observant among you may have noticed that I appeared to write something yesterday but I actually wrote that in 2011. Yesterday, I was still in a burrow eating the last needles of the Christmas tree in preparation for emergence. The first thing I saw as my eyes adjusted to the light was a developer diary for Gratuitous Tank Battles, so I brought…

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Tanks In Progress: Gratuitous Tank Battles

Cliff Harris has sent word that the first footage of his next game, Gratuitous Tank Battles, is now available. You can see it below. Cliff describes this as "a video showing early work-in-progress footage from battles in 'Gratuitous Tank Battles', the RTS/Tower Defense/ Sim strategy game." In it you can see elements of both the attacking and defending games, as well as some of the…

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Feature: World War Tank

Revealed: Gratuitous Tank Battles

Today we got to see Positech's sequel to Gratuitous Space Battles for the first time. Logically enough it was called Gratuitous Tank Battles, because it features a multitude of tanks, and even robots. However, it was very nearly called Gratuitous Trench Battles, and even "Over The Top", and you can find out why by reading on, below...

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WoL Footage: Harris, Steenberg, Betts

So we already posted the Subversion wobblecam footage from last year's big indie event, World Of Love, but now there's much more from a bunch of other speakers. Almost certainly the most interesting of these is the talk by Cliff Harris, who speaks in plain terms about the practicalities of making a living from producing indie games. If you don't have a cash-button formula like…

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Cliffski Shows Us The Games

Cliff "Positech" Harris, the man who is currently finishing off the campaign parts of Gratuitous Space Battles, has been busy with a side project: wrangling independent developers.They now have a new indie portal called Show Me The Games. It's supposed to be a collection of some of the best indie games on the PC, and includes some that you might recognise. Cliff explains: SMTG is…

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Develop 10: The Microstudios Panel

The Microstudios panel proved to be the most controversial and widely talked about at Develop 10, but the exchange of commentary followed by detente wasn't all that was worth taking away from the gathering, where Beatnik's Robin Lacey (Plain Sight), Positech's Cliff Harris (Kudos, Democracy, Gratuitous Space Battles), Introversion's Mark Morris (Darwinia, Defcon, Uplink) and Hello Games' Sean Murray (Joe “They'll all be in” Danger…

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Mark Rein Says Sorry To Cliffski

Mark Rein has said sorry to Cliff Harris over his comments at last week's Develop Conference. The Develop website reports that Rein was mortified when he learned of Cliffski's upset, and has written him an email to apologise. The text of the email is available in full over on Develop. Rein makes it very clear that he does support indies, and that his passion and…

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Developer Beef Watch: Positech Vs Epic

It really was the Develop for it. After Schafer's lobbing of the prick-stick at Kotick, Cliff Harris returns from there to write a furious blog post arguing that Epic's Mark Rein is "a jerk". Which is a lot milder than prick, but Cliff keeps-on-keeping-on climaxing with him telling that Triple-A bosses should "Fuck off". The cause for his concertation? Well, it's the microdeveloper panel at…

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Gratuitous Space Battles Add-On Ahoy!

News of a mini-expansion for GSB arrives over on the Positech blog. Cliffski says: "...current plans for the pack are to introduce a new race to the game. It will have the same variety of ships as the other races. The ships will also have a few race-specific modules, and some quite drastic ship bonuses. It was a relief to work out that ship bonuses…

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