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Ron Burgundy
Good evening. I’m Ron Burgundy and here’s what happening in your world tonight.

You might not have noticed, but this site is empty. Really empty. So what have we been up to here at the Bit Battalion HQ?

First and foremost, I’m hard at work getting Mr Runner open to the public. I’m happy to say that after three long months, the development is done! The level design has been finessed, and the engine is bug free. Right now its up on Flash Game License clocking up views – it’s been getting an awesome reception so far, some developers are playing way longer then I anticipated. More than a few people have clocked up an hour and more, and then come back!

What’s holding it up right now is that I’m putting together a media pack to send out to sponsors when I open it up to bidding, which means that there will be a whole bunch of Mr. Runner screens and videos heading this way soon. Only a couple more days. Start counting sleeps.

Next up, we have desperately been trying to find a logo for this site. After checking out a blog post over at Gambrinous, we decided to put a bit of money into crowdSPRING and croudsource our logo. For those of you who don’t know what croudsourcing is, it’s where you offer a monetary prize for a design, and you have a whole bunch of people compete for it. This means that you get huge amounts of entries (usually over 100) to choose from. Check out the Gambrinous article for details, they do a good job summing it up. We’re two days and about twenty-five entries in, which will mean you can expect a fancy new logo within a week.

Also, and possibly most exciting, we are getting ready for the Global Game Jam in Sydney this year! It starts tomorrow, and it’ll be our first ever game jam. EVER. You have no idea how excited we are. Also our Game Design lecturer at UNSW is kinda-pseudo-running the whole thing, so in return for carting a bunch of computers to the Powerhouse museum we got free entry, and we’ve been asked to feature in the media coverage of the event. I’m not going to lie, it’s kinda intimidating, especially since its our first one. We’ll be documenting the experience from the inside, so you’ll get to see how insanely nerdy we actually are. Stay tuned if you like that kind of thing. Really, you’ll be jealous.

The last bit of news is just how well Sam’s game Gnop has done. Don’t lie, that’s how you found out about us. It was so well received that it almost flooded our servers! We went through more than 50% of our bandwidth in a day, and had to upgrade pronto. Sam will be talking a bit more about it later on.

Anyway that’s it for now. I’ll be hard at work on the media pack, so expect some more Mr Runner screens soon!


Colm says:
January 28, 2010 at 4:17 am
Couple of tips from when we got our logo via crowdspring
– give feedback to everyone submitting a logo as early as possible; particularly ones you like that could be improved
– contact some designers on crowdspring who’s logos you’ve been impressed by (you can browse past winners); this is how we found our eventual winner
Good luck!

Captain Canuck says:
January 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm
sed ‘s/croudsoucing/crowdsourcing/g *’

silly aussies.

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