As I've mentioned in previous posts, we've been using NEStalgia as our beta testing platform for some new BYOND features. We've worked with Silk Games to create the standalone installer and have done some tests with their team for web/Flash support. Our goal is to give BYOND games some more exposure by allowing them to be distributed outside of our dinky little website and on larger gaming portals.
As it so happens, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) gaming portal-- Steam --has just now decided to encourage this effort by "greenlighting" indie games. And NEStalgia (with its shiny new standalone installer) is one of just a handful of early candidates. If NEStalgia makes it onto Steam, it'll open the doors for other BYOND games and give some credibility to the system, as well as afford more opportunities for all you developers out there. This is pretty exciting stuff!
If you enjoy NEStalgia or just want to support a fellow BYOND developer, you can vote for it at its page on Steam. Silk has more details about the effort at PutNEStalgiaOnSteam.com and is running a promotional event on NEStalgia. He also did an interview with IndieGameMag.com talking about the game and the Greenlight process.
I believe that Silk will be merely the first of many users to embark on this adventure. In just the last few months, I've interacted with PrideRavanok (Rise of the Pirates), WritingANewOne (Eternia), and Kumorii (Feed) regarding their promising games and distribution outside of BYOND. Hopefully NEStalgia can pave the path for these and future efforts.
Check it out!
P.S. BYOND feature-creep news very soon.
Aug 30 2012, 10:52 am