Make Games Not War

By: Derek Yu

On: December 8th, 2008


I think we can all agree: one of the many nice things about having good independent gaming communities around is that you can always find friendly people to talk with, to laugh with, to drink with, and yes, to make sweet, sweet, passionate games with. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and then you have… the facts of life. The facts of life. Let’s make games together!

Jonatan “cactus” Söderström teamed up with our very own Terry Cavanagh last month to create Xoldiers, a war-themed action game where you control a squad of deadly troops. There are a couple of neat things going on here: 1. the challenges and trade-offs of controlling a group of characters moving as a cohesive unit, and 2. the built-in level editor that lets you upload levels online. Good stuff!

And here’s a collaboration to keep your eye on: Tom “CoolMoose” Sennet has paired up with Matt “YMM” Thorson for RunMan: Race Around the World, a sequel to the seminal RunMan’s Monster Fracas. The game has been in development for three years and is finally nearing release. That video gives my brain a happy-boner.

You know, the forums are always bustling with new collaborations. So what are you waiting for? Find a nerd who loves games as much as you do, and make the beast with two keyboards. Go on! <3

  • haowan

    Fact: I have a t-shirt that says “MAKE GAMES, NOT WAR” on it.

  • Sergio

    I would love to collaborate with someone on a game! The game would be like Left 4 Dead, but better. I would provide concept art and ideas while my collaborator would do the programming, design and actual art.

  • Casey

    I can’t figure out if Sergio is trolling or not…

  • haowan

    Another good reason to read the forum!

  • John Evans

    Well, I *am* already working on a hentai RPG…

  • december

    OMG, I’m working on a hentai game too. Mine was going to be for the Commonplace Book Compo, but I am too great of a slacker! Here’s wishing all the best on your prevert adventures!

  • Septagon

    This morning I was thinking about a collaborative project where you have to collect fluffy cute animals and put them in a zoo (and eventually a rocket) to save them from mass extinction.

  • Kneecaps

    Don’t forget the script, Sergio! You need to at least write the script too!

  • Tantan

    sergio be sure to read alot of totoreals

  • harvestoflove

    It will be liek Left 4 Dead hentai game, but better.

  • johnroth

    Is that the real music for that game? Because if so that will rock so fucking hard.

  • Phasma Felis

    Xoldiers would be way more awesomer if there was some kind of rating system for the online user levels. I gave up after the first 8 levels I tried were either completely unplayable or could be beaten in 5 seconds without moving.

  • hurp

    oh hey look it’s that game I played last month

  • Trotim

    I think Left 4 Dead is a pretty cool guy. eh reloads and doesnt afraid of anything

  • Craig Stern

    Runman looks like tons of fun! I’m looking forward to playing it once it’s released. :)

  • Scott

    I don’t agree

  • Akachaki

    I like how explosions add extra challenge when you can’t see in front of you.

  • Craig Stern

    Why not? It looks like a cute, cartoony innovation on the old 2D Sonic games. Nothin’ wrong with that.