Archive for 2009

Awards, Numbers, and Charity

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

1. World of Goo won in the Best Downloadable Game category at the Game Developer Choice Awards last night!  It was a marvelous end to an incredible year for us.  World of Goo was up against four fantastic indie games: Braid, Castle Crashers, N+, and Pixeljunk Eden.  My hat off to Jonathan, David, everyone at The Behemoth, Raigan, Mare, and the guys at Slick, and Dylan and Q Games.  You guys are amazing.

2. A bunch of people have asked for the slides I used in my IGS session, so here they are. Some of the slides don’t make a lot of sense without my commentary, so if you’re interested in this stuff I recommend you check out the video recording of this session when it becomes available (I was told it would be made freely available online soon).

3. World of Goo is part of the MacHeist 3 bundle, which is promotion running for another 12 days.  In total, 12 Mac apps for $39 and 25% of your purchase price goes to the charity of your choice (Action Against Hunger, AIDS Research Alliance, Alliance for Climate Protection, Direct Relief International, Humane Society International, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Children, Save Darfur, Prevent Cancer Foundation, World Wildlife Fund).

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009

the game developer’s conference is taking place here in san francisco this week.  it was around this time last year that a spotlight first shone on world of goo, and it got me thinking about this past year and what an amazing ride it’s been.  being a tiny little studio forces us to be in direct contact with the people who play the game, and though it can be stressful and demanding to handle all the tech support and random questions ourselves, standing so close to our audience also brought us the purest moments of joy — reminders that games can touch people, bring joy, and inspire.  it’s particularly moving when this kind of thing involves kids.

THANK YOU, jack and celeste for your level designs (one day we will hire you!)

THANK YOU to aiden for the sweetest letter we’ve ever gotten!

and THANK YOU to everyone who’s written us with words of encouragement, funny stories, and entertaining notes.  you helped two guys who worked their little butts off for two years feel really good about what they’ve done.