Editor’s note: ThaSauce founder Doug Arley is a part of the IndieBox
IndieBox is a new subscription service that allows gamers to discover a new game each month — all while supporting independent game creators.
Every month, IndieBox will deliver a new game, right to your mailbox. Your IndieBox will feature retro-style custom packaging and will be filled with goodies — including a unique cartridge and case with your game, a full color manual, and other fun extras such as posters, stickers, and soundtrack CDs.
And, the best part is, IndieBox games are all developed by independent creators. Your IndieBox subscription is not only a fun way to discover great new games, but it is also a great way to support talented game creators. Working with independent creators also allows IndieBox to closely monitor the quality of the games released, so you can enjoy the best indie games around. All IndieBox games are also completely DRM free, and fully compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux systems.
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Established by the creators of the leading independent video game editorial siteÂ IndieGames.com
Â and online download serviceÂ Desura
, indie game bundle websiteÂ Indie Royale
Â releases game bundles every two weeks to help get the word out over games that are worth playing and support developers that are typically passed over in mainstream media.
With cap and tassel tosses fast approaching, the folks behind Indie Royale have recently released the Graduation Bundle for the sake of all you graduates out there (congrats, by the way), with awesome indie releases like The Void, Dead Pixels, The Ship, 1000 Amps, LaserCat, and AirMech.Â In addition to all these awesome games that you get for various platforms, youâ€™ll receive even more bonuses for just a $7 minimum donation â€”Â Â Cheap Dinosaurs’ acclaimedÂ self-titled chiptune-rockÂ album is yours for the taking.
The Cheap Dinosaurs S/T soundsÂ Â promising, as the project is explained byÂ low-bit composer Dino Lionetti when he states, “Composed on a Nintendo gameboy rigged with a sequencing cartridge, the album expertly moves from jazzy bit-scapes to algorithmic grooves that are equally suited for adventure, research- and romance. The suite of nine songs are at once challenging and rewarding, propelling Cheap Dinosaurs own brand of chip-music to the forefront of experimental pop.”
With less than five days left, make sure toÂ subscribe to Indie Royaleâ€™s newsletterÂ for future deals andÂ buy the bundleÂ today!
Drew Wheeler, also known as halc
, has started preorders for his first full-length album, Pixel Perfect Complete,
to be released on June 15th:
Pixel Perfect Complete is the final entry in the Pixel Perfect saga. It features remastered versions of the 13 original Pixel tracks, two all new tracks (and a remix) composed by myself, and a handful of remixes by various members of the VGM and indie music communities. It is my first full length, production ready album with over 20 tracks, ~70 minutes of music, and full color artwork designed by yours truly.
Only fifty physical copies of the album are available for pre-order for ten dollars, with digital copies available as wellÂ as a free (or pay-what-you-want) digital download upon release. While you preview Pixel Perfect CompleteÂ on halc’s Bandcamp (sounds amazing thus far!), we would urge you to definitely purchase a CD before they’re all gone!
At the end of the week, ThaSauce Wrap-Up feature posts bite-sized news recaps just in case you missed any juicy articles. Have any interesting video game music-related stories that you want us to look into? Are you an artist, composer, or remixer that wants keep in touch? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] If youâ€™re looking for more ways to get your VGM fix, be sure toÂ follow usÂ on Tumblr orÂ like usÂ on Facebook as well.
- Arecibo Radio Presents Shnabubula’s Starbound Release Party:Â Our friends over at Arecibo Radio have once again outdone themselves by holding yet another epic listening party in the name of one of our most admired artists, the piano prodigy known as Shnabubula on Tuesday, May 29th.The event will start at 10 PM Eastern (thatâ€™s 7 PM PST for you West Coasters).
- Nubuwo & King Soukutu to Release Rokko Chan Soundtracks:Â If there was a female version of Mega Man, what would her name be trademarked as? Mega WoMan? Mega Girl? How about Rokko Chan? Nubuwo, one of the best video game music news sites on the â€˜Net (besides us, of course), has just teamed up with independent developer King Soukutu to formally release the incredibleÂ Rokko Chan Soundtracks.
- Indie Game: The Movie to be Released Worldwide on June 12:Â While weâ€™ve praisedÂ Indie Game: The MovieÂ when it was first available for preorder, we are more than happy to announce that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection will be available worldwide in just a few weeks.
- Internet Promo Machine: Sponsor Adam WarRock’s Upcoming Fall Tour:Â Adam WarRock, one of our favorite hip hop emcees who brings back the â€˜coolâ€™ in all things nerd and pop culture, needs your help! We would like to extend his invitation to those who would be interested in sponsoring WarRockâ€™s tour this coming Fall, scheduled to visit major cities on the East Coast including New York, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and more.
- ThaSauce Giveaway Extravaganza!: Minibosses Bay Area Tour 2012:Â Are you a fan of the Minibosses? Do you happen to live in the San Francisco area (or have the means to travel there)? If youâ€™ve answered a hearty â€˜yesâ€™ to both questions, weâ€™d like to proudly announce the first official ThaSauce giveaway for the Minibosses 2012 Bay Area Tour.
- Because We May Sale Offers Games (& Soundtracks!) Directly from Developers:Â â€˜Tis the year for great deals on independent games that gamers may or may not have heard of and what better to celebrate May with even more discounts? Listen to amazing soundtracks while receiving great deals on several award-winning multi-platform games with the Because We May sale, on now through June 1st.
- Noise Channel’s Rokko Chan Chiptune Album Listening Party:Â To promote Nubuwo & King Soukutuâ€™s collaborative efforts to bring aboutÂ Rokko Chan SoundtracksÂ on July 4th, the Nubuwo staff have also teamed up with Noise Channel to host a listening party for the music of Rokko Chan on May 31st that promises to deliver different interpretations by â€œa stellar list of your favorite chiptune artistsâ€. Be sure to tune in to this Thursday.
- Quick Look: “Final Fantasy – Medley” by Super Guitar Bros.:Â Garnering over 3,000 subscribers and 359,800 video views in under a year with only six videos, the Super Guitar Bros. have been making headway with their amazing video game covers. ThisÂ Quick LookÂ video is definitely a great example of how the pair work to complement each other in an almost ethereal manner, carefully inducing an air of nostalgia that is surely not to be missed.
To promote Nubuwo
& King Soukutu’s collaborative efforts to bring about Rokko Chan Soundtracks
on July 4th, the Nubuwo staff have also teamed up with Noise ChannelÂ Radio
to host a listening party for the music of Rokko Chan
onÂ May 31stÂ
that promises to deliver different arrangements by “a stellar list of your favorite chiptune artists”.
Be sure to tune in for the live show, as this episode of Noise Channel will NOT be archived for later streams or downloads. Because the album will not be released until July, this event presents a unique opportunity to experience a special preview of whatÂ Rokko Chan SoundtracksÂ promises to deliver. Tune in by going to Arecibo RadioÂ and connecting to the live stream this Thursday.
While we’ve praised Indie Game: The Movie
when it was first available for preorder
, we are more than happy to announce that theÂ 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection will be available worldwide in just a few weeks:
Thatâ€™s the date!Â Â Indie Game: The MovieÂ will be available, worldwide Tuesday, June 12th onÂ iTunes,Â directly from us on IndieGameTheMovie.comÂ andÂ Steam!
When planning the release of the film, it was very important to us to provide the film worldwide, in a variety of ways.Â Making it as easy and as accessible for people to download & watch the film in whatever way theyâ€™d like to.
Featuring compelling stories from a myriad of top indie game designers like Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy), Phil Fish (FEZ), and Jonathan Blow (Braid), the documentary itself captures the painstaking experiences of what being a independent artist truly means in a dying trade that sacrifices creativity for wealth within the twenty-first century.Â The film itself has been receiving rave reviews from various media outlets, with awards fromÂ New York TimesÂ and the 2012 SXSW Film Festival to show for all the hard work of everyone involved in the production and distribution process. GetÂ Indie Game: The Movie for only $9.99 in multiple formats onÂ iTunes,Â the official website, or onÂ SteamÂ today.
VGM netlabel GameChopsÂ has recently presented its very first remix contest for Dj CUTMAN‘s track “Powerglove (It’s So Bad)” featuring Benjamin Briggs, which takes a classicÂ NES sample and throws in “a heaping dose of french electro and gritty automation to create something so good, it can only be called ‘so bad'”.Â The winning remixes will be featured on an upcoming GameChops release.
Remixes must be hosted on GCÂ SoundcloudÂ dropboxÂ and submitted through the GameChops website on or before the deadline ofÂ June 25th, 2012.Â All genres and interpretations are welcome, but winners will be decided on strength of concept, mixing quality, and goodness of the song itself.
While you can listen to “Powerglove (It’s So Bad)” above, download the remix stems here (or here). Happy remixing!
Chun-Li’s killer thighs. Finally performing your first super combo. Quarter-circle forward, punch. Whether you’re a fan of Street Fighter or not, there’s no denying how influential this series has been in all of our lives. Â To kick off the commemoration of one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Capcom is opening up submissions to showcase fan music all year long:
One of the most timeless elements of the Street Fighter series has always been the music. Whether it was the first time you heard Akumaâ€™s theme in a Super Street Fighter II Turbo arcade, or when you realized that Guileâ€™s theme went with everything, the music has inspired people around the world. Now, you have an opportunity to be a part of that musical history! We want to hear music that youâ€™ve come up with. Whether youâ€™re a first time mixer, or have a full orchestra at your disposal, your music is welcome! Throughout the year, weâ€™ll be highlighting our favorite pieces, and some of them may even be utilized in our 25th Anniversary celebration activities. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to have your work become a part of history!
There are no limitations to the genre or style of music, as original songs inspired by the Street Fighter seriesÂ and remixes sampled from existing themes are currently being accepted. However, keep in mind that anything that you submit must be your own work and no hateful or obscene lyrics will be accepted. Also, be sureÂ upload your music to a location where it can easily be streamed, such as YouTube.Â The deadline to submit is Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST.
If you are interested in this unique opportunity to showcase your work with a broad audience, you can fill out submission details and submit your work to Capcom here. Any artists present? Check out the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Art TributeÂ as well.
In commemoration of the Game Developer’s Conference occurring in San Francisco this week,Â 8bitSF
Â decided to hold a chiptune show. Gathering artists such as minusbaby, Freaky DNA, A_Rival, Disasterpeace, and virt, the show featured a variety of chiptune styles.
Louis GorenfieldÂ kicked the night off immediately, playing some of his own original creations. Next up wasÂ The Glowing Stars, whose traditional rock style mixed with chip really kicked off the show. Their setlist included some tracks from their collaborative Horchata album, except with just them instead of Awkward Terrible as well as it was on the album. They were followed byÂ Zen Albatross, whose tracks flowed into each other into one cohesive groove.
After him,Â virtÂ came on stage, playing a couple tracks off his recent FX4 album and another from the Mighty Switch Force soundtrack. The crowd went wild just as he did on stage, and it was a rather crazy experience. Â Following virt wascrashfaster; their fusion of chip and synthesized vocals proved to be a unique and enjoyable set. Â After a short break,minusbabyÂ took the stage. Just as with Zen’s set earlier in the night, it was one cohesive experience.
DisasterpeaceÂ took the stage next, and proceeded to rock out like there was no tomorrow. He also played a mix of recent stuff and a fan favorite. We were treated toÂ Freaky DNAÂ next, and he played a mix of tracks. Dancing like mad on stage, he controlled the playlist via a usb controller and really got everyone moving.Â A_RivalÂ ended the night, and a fitting finale it was. He played several tracks, including his remix of the classic Ninja Turtles theme song, and ended it with a song from his album 8-Bit Pimp. He also handed out free copies of said CD after the show.
It was a rather successful night; people had predicted upwards of 100 people to show up, and judging by how packed it was that mark was probably exceeded. Great times were had by all, some of the times drunken, but all in all a great show.