Stay Healthy, Eat Some Snow!

It’s currently 2 degrees out in Boston and looking around, all I can see are piles of snow that stretch up above my head.  I reach into the nearest mound of snow, grab a handful, and start gobbling down the sweet melty goodness.  Hey, look at that, my health bar went up!

Besides the flying construction workers, the single most realistic part of our game is that eating snow gives you health.  It’s an awesome, pseudo-easter egg that we discovered the other day during testing (you didn’t think we’d inject our game with realism on purpose, did you?!), and I’ll be damned if we aren’t leaving it in.  It just sounds right: “Eat the snow to gain health.” Of course you do!

Rock you like a… Avalanche

Snow only shows up in a few levels of SBS, but when it does, it instantly changes the game.  The core mechanic for environmental snow was taken from a weapon that we had in earlier builds – it was one of the block types that we showed off at PAX Prime 2010, …

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5 Reasons Local Co-Op Rules

You hear a lot about online games and social games in our ever-increasingly connected world.  In fact, I think most of the games I’ve played recently have been online in some way.  So much so, in fact, that I’m sick of it.  I miss the good old days of playing in a room with a bunch of my friends, shouting at the TV.  Thus, for your pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of five reasons that local co-op rules.

1. Actually Seeing Other Humans

Did you know that by playing games together, there’s a psychological bond of trust created between people?  It’s true.  I heard it on the internet or something… maybe it was like a TED talk.  In all seriousness, though, actually getting face-time with your gaming buddies can be a challenge nowadays.  Very few games support local co-op, and many of those that do are, well, not good at it.  I like seeing my friends and playing games with them.  Plus, how else would I show off all my random cool video game themed t-shirts?

2. No Waiting for …

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Help Name Our Characters!

Now that our new site is up, we wanted to find an awesome way to get fans involved.  With two unnamed characters left in SBS, we thought, “Should we let gamers name them? YES!”  And with that, the poll below was created.

The two nameless characters in question are a wielding mask wearing, jet pack riding, engineer-looking hero, and an angel that becomes unlockable later in the game.  Check out the video introductions for each character below and vote on which names you like the most.  At the end of the week, we’ll count up the votes and go with the names that you’ve picked!

EDIT: The poll is now closed. Thanks for voting and stay tuned for us to announce the winning names!

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