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BAWB here — your OUYA games guy.
When I’m not talking to devs about their cool projects, I enjoy soaking up some of the awesome content available on OUYA and making semi-awkward video diaries in the process. As a few of you may already know, I’ve been cataloguing these adventures in a semi-regular YouTube series, humbly entitled: “BAWB the Games Guy.”
You may have seen a couple of these behind-the-scene glimpses into the OUYA-verse already. In them, I feature a few games and talk to members of Team OUYA about what it is they actually do here. I aim to continue doing this, so I’d love any and all of your input. In particular, what questions you might have about OUYA’s inner sanctum. Please leave any questions about our inner workings below–from server functionality, to discoverability, to favorite games, to favorite team beverages; whatever you think engineers, developers, QA peeps and gamer nerds might know–and I’ll do my best to get to the bottom of things.
I’ll answer what I can in upcoming episodes, and–until then–I invite you to join us again as we read some fan comments, gab a bit with Stan and–as always–PLAY SOME VIDYA GAMES.
Check out the latest episode of BAWB the Games Guy (above) where we turn up the wubz to 11 with Dub Wars, travel to the darkest reaches of the murkiest depths in Deep Dungeons of Doom, gather up the family in a special Mother’s Day bonus sneak peak at Save the Puppies, and I’m pretty sure Stan threatens to beat me up.
Until next time, Internet.
OUYA Games Guy
OUYAns: Meet Soul Fjord! Yes, this is the game Kim Swift and team at Airtight Games have been working on *exclusively* for OUYA. And we’re stoked to be revealing some of the details for this upcoming game!
Please make sure to check out the trailer on our YouTube channel!
Soul Fjord is a randomly-generated dungeon crawler with rhythm-based combat set in a fantasy universe where the genres of 70’s Funk and Soul meld with Norse mythology – complete with lounge Dragons, Disco Wizards, and one badass Viking named Magnus Jones. In Soul Fjord, you play as Magnus Jones, a legendary warrior valiantly slain in battle. When the Valkyries arrive to bring him to Valhalla, the hottest club in Yggdrasil, they reveal that Magnus has been left off the guest list–and won’t be invited to Ragnarok, the party that’ll end the world. Magnus must fight his way up the World Tree to salvage his reputation as the baddest Viking in town, and gain access to Valhalla.
In addition to the trailer, check out these behind-the-scenes videos of Kim and team on their development experiences so far.
As a fan of Portal and Quantum Conundrum, personally, I was REALLY excited when I found out Kim Swift and Airtight Games were interested in building an exclusive OUYA game — a free-to-play experience for the living room (and the Soul music references also speak to my heart :) ). Fellow fans will recognize the personality and craft that’s become the Airtight Games experience. I’ve played some early builds so far, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
As always, your DBF,
Last week, we started shipping units to our early backers, but there is still much to do (we’re listening, promise) and we are on it.
I want to make sure you know what we are building, when, and to keep you updated on how we are constantly evolving and incorporating both your feedback and our learnings.
So here goes:
We received early feedback from developers when we sent out the developer consoles. Now we want feedback from you. The software, store, games will continue to evolve and grow, and as early backers who have exclusive access during this period before launch, we want you to be a part of that process.
We will continue to obsess over quality and performance. For example, we are considering adding additional magnets to the controllers so that the faceplates are more secure–no more falling off during shipments!
Got more suggestions? Because you will have exclusive access to the system while it’s in development we want to hear from you. We want you to love it!
Our software is constantly evolving. Right now, the team is focused on optimizing the performance of our software (this means responsiveness). In addition, we have a host of features we’re working on for the June launch. Here’s a glimpse at some of them:
External storage for games
Simpler game install process
More metrics for developers
Controller support for video players
More payment options
Our UI is simple. It will stay simple. We want it to be easy (and OBVIOUS!) for you to know what to do on OUYA. However, as more games come in, we will continue to work on discovery and curation of current games. More on this as it unfolds from Kellee :).
For some, these blogs aren’t enough. So write down all your questions and hit me up at my Reddit AMA the first week of May.
Games and Apps
Over 100 games and counting and they run the gamut — exclusives to OUYA, new developers, experienced developers, ports, you name it. We LOVE it. That’s the whole promise of OUYA: A world of great games among which you are sure to find new favorites!
We’ll be sharing some some of the most anticipated games hitting DISCOVER soon.
Keep cool and OUYA on!