MOON8 — 8-bit cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
Colorbind for the iPhone — my new iPhone game obsession; amazingly, the whole game is playable with red-green colorblindness
Run, Jesus Run! — blasphemous 10-second game for the Experimental Game Project; I made a speedrun
Auto Smiley — computer vision watches you smile, then pastes a smiley into the topmost application (via)

Pixeljam and James Kochalka's Glorkian Warrior

In the latest Kickstarter Podcast, I interviewed indie comics legend James Kochalka and Pixeljam Games’ Rich Grillotti and Miles Tilmann about Glorkian Warrior, their retro-inspired videogame that mixes hand-drawn and 8-bit pixel animation.

James Kochalka is undeniably prolific, though he balks at the word. He’s kept a daily comic diary of his life on American Elf for the last 12 years, released 40+ books, recorded 10 albums, and just appeared in a scifi film. But he’s never made a videogame, something he’d been aching to do since he was a kid.

Thanks to a chance meeting at a chiptune concert, Kochalka’s collaborating with Pixeljam Games to make it happen. Pixeljam’s responsible for some of my all-time favorite Flash games, such as Dino Run, Gamma Bros., Ratmaze, and Mountain Maniac. It’s a match made in geek heaven.

Their Kickstarter project ends tonight, so get the Glorkian Warrior game, mini-comic, and other exclusive rewards while you can.

Bonus track, for hardcore Kochalka fans:

Kickstarter at SXSW 2010

Yancey rounded up our SXSW appearances over at the Kickstarter blog, but I thought I should mention it here…

On Saturday night, Kickstarter, Tumblr, and SoundCloud welcome you to F*CK YEAH! SXSW, a party with music/visuals by Eclectic Method sponsored by the nice folks at ThePlanet. It’s at Emo’s on Saturday night, from 6:30pm until late.

On Sunday 11am, I’m doing a solo talk about a mish-mash of my interests, focused around metagames — both games about games, and games built on games. Quite possibly the only talk at SXSW to mention Mechanical Turk, Desert Bus, Barack Obama, VVVVVV, and Metafilter.

Also in amazing panels, Kickstarter’s own Perry Chen (Monday w/Robin Sloan), Yancey Strickler (Wednesday w/Allison Weiss), and Fred Benenson. You should go to every one. More details here.

See you in Austin! — essential iPhone-optimized site for SXSWi session planning
Steamshovel Harry — not sure how I missed this one last year, metagaming with music by Brad Sucks