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Redshirt Announced

Positech games announces they will be publishing Redshirt a comedic sci-fi simulation that places the player in the role of an ambitious low-ranking peon aboard a space station. The game is in the works for Windows and OS X at The Tiniest Shark for release sometime this year. The Redshirt Website is online, and here's a bit on the game:

Navigate the professional and interpersonal politics of the ubiquitous "Spacebook" to curry favor among friends and colleagues. As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it's up to you to accrue those all-important "likes" on your status updates! Whether you're looking for love, opportunities for promotion, or even a chance to play Zero-G golf with the captain, you can schmooze your way through social circles and claw your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you too can finally achieve the dream of an off-station transfer, or even the Redshirt's opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!

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12. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 6, 2012, 03:53  cliffski 
 
I'd be extremely happy with a million people buying the game for a dollar. The number of indie games that sell a million copies is infinitessimly small.

If you make a niche game, to a high standard, you need a higher price to make the break-even amount. It's just simple maths.

That is why there are still companies to this day selling hex based graphically poior turn based war games to grognards for $50. That is the only way a game in that niche can work, financially. You simply cannot compare the economcis of a niche game to something mainstream.
 
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11. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 12:39 Dev
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 1, 2012, 08:39:
I LOVED Startopia if only for its pleasant oddity. It was a very fun game that is, now, sadly unplayable even on modern boxes running XP.
I'm pretty sure I played it on XP without much problem.

Edit:
This youtube video says you can play under vista and 7 too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j1ByMSRka8

You just set game compatibility and do one other step. The other step is replace the game's video card id file so it can recognize your video card. BTW, this is a hazard of programming a game to not start unless it recognizes a specific graphics card in a list, you have to keep that list updated, and not having a default fallback setting. Fortunately the file is a text file and can be edited if needed. The company is long since gone, but people have edited the file for newer cards. That might have been what stopped you from playing it before, not having an updated file.

That video has instructions and a link to the needed file in the description.

This comment was edited on Mar 1, 2012, 14:33.
 
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10. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 09:47 Ray Ban
 
I LOVED Startopia if only for its pleasant oddity. It was a very fun game that is, now, sadly unplayable even on modern boxes running XP.


Space oddity, I assume?
 
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9. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 08:39 Burrito of Peace
 
Dev wrote on Mar 1, 2012, 00:32:
Sepharo wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 23:18:
For some reason this game popped into my head as I thought about this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Colony_(video_game)
https://www.google.com/search?q=space%20colony%20game&&tbm=isch

Man was it a pain to look up since I couldn't remember the title and generic keywords like "space station game" were not helping.
Heh. I played that game, it was a fun little thing. Reminded me of another space station type game called Startopia (from mucky foot, which was from former bullfrog, and was published by eidos).

I LOVED Startopia if only for its pleasant oddity. It was a very fun game that is, now, sadly unplayable even on modern boxes running XP.
 
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8. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 04:40 Dev
 
BTW, I noticed when I went back and RTFA for the 2nd time that this is a game that's being published by positech, its not directly being developed by cliffski (I'm guessing he's busy with the tower defense game).
Wesp5 wrote on Mar 1, 2012, 04:00:
This reminds me of the even older games from Infocom, Planetfall and Stationfall!
I've played one or both of those. I've also played other infocom games such as hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.
 
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7. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 04:06 J
 
Okay, who opened up the wormhole? You're creating rifts in the space-time continuum!  
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6. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 04:00 Wesp5
 
This reminds me of the even older games from Infocom, Planetfall and Stationfall!  
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5. Re: Redshirt Announced Mar 1, 2012, 00:32 Dev
 
Sepharo wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 23:18:
For some reason this game popped into my head as I thought about this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Colony_(video_game)
https://www.google.com/search?q=space%20colony%20game&&tbm=isch

Man was it a pain to look up since I couldn't remember the title and generic keywords like "space station game" were not helping.
Heh. I played that game, it was a fun little thing. Reminded me of another space station type game called Startopia (from mucky foot, which was from former bullfrog, and was published by eidos).
 
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4. Re: Redshirt Announced Feb 29, 2012, 23:18 Sepharo
 
For some reason this game popped into my head as I thought about this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Colony_(video_game)
https://www.google.com/search?q=space%20colony%20game&&tbm=isch

Man was it a pain to look up since I couldn't remember the title and generic keywords like "space station game" were not helping.
 
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3. Re: Redshirt Announced Feb 29, 2012, 23:00 Cutter
 
Cliff is just greedy is all. Let's say a million people by his game at $1 a piece. Even after taxes he'd still be coming out hugely ahead. Anyway, the only reason I'mm chiming in is this reminds me of Paranoia which I wish Ken Rolston would do for a CRPG!
 
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2. Guh. Feb 29, 2012, 22:32 Snapdad
 
Surprised they already give away the end-game:

"the Redshirt's opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!"

 
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1. Re: Redshirt Announced Feb 29, 2012, 21:20 Dev
 
Looks like an entertaining game. If its reasonably priced, I'll probably pick it up from steam, just like I plan to pick up his upcoming tower defense game. I've picked up other positech games before, in part because of how positech took a stand against DRM.

But cliffski, when you talked about a market for a $26 game, and how your next game wasn't "sustainable" at a $10 price point, and you can't "make money" at that $10 amount, doing games like this and that tower defense one, probably isn't the way to break it.
 
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