Insanely Twisted Haiku
July 30th, 2011 is having a little contest. Here's your chance to win a copy of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet! From their website:

Here's the deal: You have to write a haiku using any ONE of the following words: Insanely, Twisted, Shadow, or Planet. How you use those words is up to you. The words surrounding those words is up to you as well. Really, we're not about to inhibit your creativity. We want to see what you can come up with!

Check it out!

Getting in the Comic-Con Mind Set
July 15th, 2011

In the spirit of preparing for the San Diego Comic-Con, I decided to watch Comic Book: The Movie with Mark Hamill. A big portion of the film takes place at San Diego Comic-Con and it features appearances by several pop culture celebrities (Hugh Heffner, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Ray Harryhausen, Matt Groening). It's a pretty fun film actually.

At any rate, I was totally surprised to see ZED: Volume One make an appearance within the first minute and a half of the film! Check out the clip!

You can click here to see my Comic-Con schedule.

Nova RIP (1997-2011)
July 14th, 2011

Can't stop crying...

San Diego Comic-Con Schedule
July 11th, 2011

Looks like I have a pretty busy schedule this year at San Diego Comic-Con.

I will be signing, The Saga of Rex, at these times and locations:

Friday, July 22 –
Image Comics (Booth #2729) 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friday, July 22 –
Flight (Booth #2235) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 24 –
Image Comics (Booth #2729) 11:00 am – Noon

ITSP's four-player coopetitive mode will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con and, Joe Olson and I, will be on hand to assist. Here are the events:

Thursday, July 21 - Xbox Media Showcase 8:00 pm – Midnight

Saturday, July 23 –
Xbox Lounge in Hard Rock Hotel 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 24 –
Xbox Lounge in Hard Rock Hotel  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please come and say hi!

ITSP: Release Date and Price
June 29th, 2011

Yes, it is official! ITSP will be released on August 3rd with a $15 price tag. It will be available on Xbox Live. Check it out!

Some Concept Art For ITSP
June 22nd, 2011

On your journey through the Shadow Planet, you will uncover icons that will grant you access to 37 pieces of concept art that I painted for the game. After we decided which 37 pieces would be hidden in the game, we were still left with a large amount of nice material. As a result, we decided to put some of this material on-line for your viewing pleasure. Click here to check it out!

Follow ITSP on Twitter
June 20th, 2011

There's a lot of press coming out about ITSP so we're going to link to the various reviews and articles through Twitter. Check it out.

Unused Concept Art For Darkspore
June 18th, 2011

In the Fall of 2009, I was contacted by game developer Maxis to create a series of environment and character concepts for a videogame with the working title "Spore Labs". At the time I had already been working on ITSP for a couple of years and I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks off the project and come up with original designs in a different style. The game was eventually retitled Darkspore and was released last April. Unfortunately, it looks like none of my designs made it into the final game.

Check out the full gallery.

Best of E3 - Continued
June 17th, 2011

Awesome news! XBLA Fans named ITSP, E3's Best of Show! Check out the full list of winners here.

More ITSP Coverage
June 16th, 2011

MSNBC Technoblog - "...breathtaking to behold. Like some kind of divine combination of art and gaming..."

LVL Up Podcast - E3 2010 Awards "Best Indie/New Original Game"

MTV - "one of those rare moments in this industry"

Movies for the Masses - This one is in Greek!

Games Radar - "Don’t sleep on this indie gem – it’s going to be fantastic" released their top games from E3 and ITSP is in there!

Une Petite Interview
June 15th, 2011

Here's a French interview that was recently posted. Click here to read.

Einstein Award
June 14th, 2011

GamePro just released their list of "Best of E3" awards and I was delighted to see that ITSP made the cut!

ITSP Wraps Up and E3 Feedback
June 13th, 2011

It has been a long and difficult journey, but we have persevered and conquered! ITSP is finally done! I want to thank from the bottom of my heart, my partner Joe Olson and his amazing team at Fuelcell Games (Jonathan Peters, John Scrapper, Garret Smith, Travis Phelps, Dmitri Salcedo, Troy Lawlor, Corwin Light-Williams, Chris Eng, Thomas O'Connor, Ryan Meyer, Kimberly Walker, Daniel Rosas, Bryanna Lindsay, David Heutmaker) for going above and beyond the call of duty. Five years ago, I went into this not knowing anything about how games were made. If it wasn't for their talent, guidance and expertise, this game would not exist.

I also want to give props to my wife, Nancy, who not only supported me through this demanding endeavor, but she also was an instrumental part in managing Shadow Planet Productions and Gagne International throughout the whole process. Big thanks also to my friend and noise maker, Andrew Scott, who like me, went into this project with no game experience and managed to create one of the most beautiful soundscape I've ever heard.

Last week, we presented the game at E3 and the response was fabulous. We received four "Best of E3" nominations:

Best Original Game from
Best Downloadable Game from 1Up
Best Downloadable Game from G4
Most Original Game from G4

Several reviewers were able to try the game for themselves. We're delighted to see their positive  reviews. Check them out:

The Escapist
Game Spot

The Next Level
XBLA Ratings

We also made some very cool lists:

Top 20 games of E3 2011 from Men's Health (CNET)

Best Of Console Digital News: The E3 Roundup from Game Sutra

Top 10 Sleepers of E3 2011 from 1Up

Best Of E3 2011 - Top 10 Games From The Show from MTV

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Final Trailer
June 11th, 2011


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