Alan Wake’s American Nightmare to Scare Again on PC

The original Alan Wake really connected with me. I had been following the long development cycle, and ended up ordering the incredible Collectors Edition that the game offered (Including a 144 page hardcover book, DVD behind the scenes, Soundtrack, in game commentary, and some incredible packaging). I ended up consuming virtually all of the offered content (even all 100 thermoses for some reason), and it still stands as one of the only games I’ve ever hit full 1000 Gamerscore in. Alan Wake hit PC via Steam last month, and has been doing very well for developer Remedy, whom self-published this time around. Naturally when the XBLA exclusive Alan Wake’s American Nightmare was released around the same time, folks were left wondering when it would inevitably end up on PC as well.

Based on recent additions to the Steam registry (famous for revealing upcoming releases before they’ve been announced) indicate that American Nightmare will see release on PC at some point in the future. It’s officially listed as “alan wakes american nightmare thirdparty” or the far catchier “App ID 202754”, and while this is definitely exciting news for fans like me, it doesn’t necessarily point to how soon we’ll see it. The original Alan Wake showed up on the Steam registry in December 2011, but didn’t launch until March of 2012. The news is promising though. I hadn’t gotten around to playing American Nightmare on XBLA yet, but will definitely check it out when it hits Steam at in the future. Stay tuned.

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Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP hits Steam!

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP feels like a game designed specifically for me. It’s the perfect blend of artsy indie games, and classic point and click adventuring. I’ve poked fun at the idea of a perfect game for me being Walking Around: The Video Game, and this accomplishes that to a point by providing a beautiful pixel world to explore.

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The game jumped platform from “touchtronic” (iOS) devices, to “electric computers” via Steam. Included with the game is the lovely soundtrack by Jim Guthrie adds so much to the world of Sworcery. You simply must check this game out.

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP can be purchased through Steam or on iTunes

Kickstart an Adventure Game’s development with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Kickstarter is a fairly new way of crowd-sourcing funding for projects, and it’s been pretty successful at doing so. Users can choose how much they want to financially “back” a project, and the person seeking funding will reward people at certain levels. For example: A musician seeking funding for a new album could set a reward level at 10 dollars, where the user would get an early copy of the album. The levels often escalate into very personalized territory, and the overall system seems to benefit everyone involved.

And before you ask, I’m not about to ask you for donations.

Phoenix Online Studios (known for their Kings Quest fan series The Silver Lining) has teamed up with Khaeon Gamestudio and Adventure Game Legend Jane Jenson to bring an “episodic story in the spirit of Dexter and Heavy Rain” to Adventure gamers everywhere.

They need your help to bring this from idea to reality. They’ll need about 25,000 dollars, but they’ve laid out a good selection of rewards for those who pledge.

  • For pledges of $1 the supporter will have their name in the credits of the game under ‘Special Thanks’
  • For $5 you’ll get a hi-res image, a digital copy of the soundtracks, in addition to your name in the credits.
  • 20 dollars will get you all the previous prizes, plus each episode of the game, and exclusive newsletter blasts with new content.
  • 40 dollars prize contains all previous rewards along with a physical copy of the game and soundtrack.
You can go all the way up to 5000 dollars which includes a character named and modeled after you, signed copy of the game, soundtrack, comic, beta testing, cookies, inside look into game development, and loads of other goodies.
Those big numbers are kind of intimidating, but 20 dollars can get you quite a bit of content. It’s services like Kickstarter that make the preorder system actually make sense. Instead of preordering something at a store like Gamestop where the money sits as profit for the company, you’re giving money to the creators themselves in order to make the game even better for you (in addition to the slew of other cool content).
The project will only be funded if they meet their goal by December 11th so give them a hand (and a couple of bucks) at their Kickstarter page! Should they meet their goal, their estimated release date of Cognition is June 2012.

Telltale Games invites you to ‘Poker Night at the Inventory’!

Last week a mysterious Telltale related teaser video appeared on GameTrailers TV, teasing a mystery title with some special guest characters hinted at. You can watch the teaser below:

The date mentioned has arrived and the mystery game was revealed to be ‘Poker Night at the Inventory’, featuring Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2, Tycho from Penny Arcade, Strong Bad from HomestarRunner.com (and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People), and Max of Sam & Max fame. Beyond knowing that it’s a poker game, it’s said to include “more dialog in this game than in a Sam & Max episode, both for poker playing and for the ambient conversations that spring up and roll around the table as the game goes on.” which sounds pretty exciting to me.

You can pre-purchase at Telltale Games store, or Steam and receive a discount, which for 5 dollar game makes the deal even sweeter. PAX attendees can preview the game at Telltale’s booth this weekend, and score a sweet poster with your pre-order  (5 dollars people.)

The release window is this Fall.

Who is the Commander? [Update 3]

He is ‘only a man’ or so he said with a booming voice emanating from a bright screen. But I’ll let you see that for yourself:

Sent as an anonymous tip to sites like IGN, this video features one frame of an upcoming Wii title. What kind of game is it? Who’s developing? No one knows!

While we all comb through the video for clues, the website Commander Video seems to be the hub to watch. Aside from the eerie video, you have pixels that keep popping up that link to new pieces to the puzzle. So far we have two images and an awesome mp3.

What does it all mean?! Perhaps the Commander shall tell us soon enough?

Update 3: I got a hold of Gaijin Game’s CEO Alex Neuse who revealed the following to us about the game. It’s a WiiWare title aiming for a February release. It’s not a remake of Nether Earth (as was previously rumored), but instead a game that can be reduced to the acronym BTB (Beat is one of the words I believe). It’s a game that draws its inspiration from the aesthetics of classic games from the 80s. The story will be about Commander Video’s origin. A lot will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Also I’ve posted the new media available on CommanderVideo.com after the break.

UPDATE 2: Commander Video himself has made contact with us here at Buttonbasher.net He wanted the following message to get out:

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While this is the first time we here at Buttonbasher have been contacted from an intergalactic entity, I think the Commander wants whatever information that is found to be distributed through our website, and sent out to the other blogs that are covering his activity. Also he seems to be inviting us to ask questions, so if you earthly readers have any questions you want to ask Commander Video, feel free to drop them in the comment section!

UPDATE: The Commander has popped up on Twitter and seems to deny recent rumors of what the game will be.

As February draws nearer, this post will continue to be updated with all of the new discoveries. To see an archive of the media updates thus far, check after the jump!

And if the Commander happens to be reading this right now, I assure you that we earthlings come in peace.

KLind (who is also only a man!)

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This will be a Triumph! Portal: Prelude!

Portal told the story of what was left of Aperture Science. Valve has assured that there is more Portal coming, but in the mean time the fans continue to create awesome content. Portal: Prelude is a fan made map pack that aims to tell the story of what happened before GLaDOS arrived. If you had a chance to checkout the Flash Map Pack, you have a rough idea on what to expect. New Test Chambers, which means more crazy challenges to conquer. This one stands out from the rest though, as it’s telling an original story. The game is looking great based on the trailer. It will be available to download in the coming months. Stay tuned to Buttonbasher as I definitely post about it when it releases.

For more info on Portal: Prelude check out the official site

KLind