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Trivia for the game Stugan

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:25:20 +0000

Legacy



This influential Swedish game has also lent its name to a game talent accelerator intended to developer Sweden's game industry:
STUGAN means "the cabin" in Swedish, but STUGAN was also the first commercial game ever created in the country. In 1977, brothers Kimmo and Viggo Eriksson created a text adventure on the mainframe Oden, but it wasn't until 1986 the game was released, and sold for 95 SEK on mail order. In the 30 years that has passed since, the games industry growth has been phenomenal, in Sweden, and around the world. To incentivise even more young talent to get into this industry and reach a world audience with their creations, we've initiated a yearly summer camp called STUGAN, located between Falun and Borlänge, in the municipality of Dalarna. This will be your place to work, play and live during two months. The cabin is actually quite large, and holds room for a large work space, as well as bedrooms for 23 people. Of course there's also a dining area, and for teams who like a late night swim, there's also access to a lake.
-- Pseudo_Intellectual (47938)



Trivia for the game Kid Pix

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:25:19 +0000

Prototype Development

In 1988, Craig Hickman was trying out MacPaint, a program that was bundled on a few Macintosh computers at the time. His then-3-year-old son Ben Hickman asked him to try it out, but after a bit of struggling opening random pull-down menus and dialog boxes, Craig decided to make a creativity computer game that is easier for young children, and especially Ben. The first version of Kid Pix had to be limited to a simple mouse click on a tool instead of a pull-down menu, and fourteen tool options appeared on the bottom of the canvas, and is well suited for 9-inch black and white displays with a resolution of 512x342, which Craig decided to make it fit the entire screen as big as possible and removed the scroll bars.

Stamps

The rubber stamps were designed by Apple Computer and Susan Kare, and they were taken from the Cairo Macintosh font.

Special Eraser Tools

Craig’s son loves playing with building blocks, and knocking them down, so the idea of an exploding firecracker eraser was created. Craig also made hidden pictures which can be accessed using the eraser.

Accessibility to Young Children

Craig created an option to hide the menu bar and desktop so that younger children can use the game without any accidents. Craig also mentions that children and adults who are new to computing should enjoy using his game.

Name

As the game was near completion, Craig thought up a name called “Kid Pix”, which is made up of simple three letter words, in which “Pix” is referred to “Pictures” and “Pick”, and was based on his son and wife’s first names, and the word “Art”.

Colour Version

Before Craig finished Kid Pix, Apple released the Macintosh II, the first colour-capable Macintosh. Craig had waited so long for the computer to come out so that he could make a colour version of Kid Pix at the time the computers were released.

Kid Pix Professional

Craig’s friend Ken O’Connell supported his work and his friend insisted that the program should be sold. Kid Pix Professional was sold for US$25 in November 1989 to continue the first freeware version of Kid Pix, and the colour version of Kid Pix was delayed until June 1990. It features additional wacky brush options and rubber stamps, added sound effects, checks the Macintosh’s screen resolution and colour palette to display either the colour of black and white version and automatically fits the canvas depending on the selected resolution. A new option is the Mixer tool, which allows the player to warp the picture with a click of the mouse. This version of Kid Pix also comes with a printed manual.

Spanish Version

Since Craig’s wife speaks Spanish, starting with Kid Pix Professional, the option to translate the menus and alphabet stamps to Spanish can be switched under the Tools menu.

Reception

By June 1990, Craig received $25 checks in his mailbox for Kid Pix Professional, and he ended up selling 100 copies of the game. That results in Broderbund agreeing to publish Kid Pix, and the company asked Craig to make a few changes before the final product. In March 1991, Kid Pix v1.0 was released to the general retail market with impressive reviews.

Awards

- 1991 Software Publishers Association Award for Best User Interface in a New Program

- 1991 Software Publishers Association Award for Best Early Learning Program

- 1991 MacWorld World-Class Award for Best Education Program

International Versions

Kid Pix was translated in many different languages around the world such as Hebrew, Japanese and Finnish. -- Katie Cadet (3479)



Trivia for the game Giga Wrecker

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:38:44 +0000

Title and Trademark

The first hint of Giga Wrecker's existence came in April 2016, when it was discovered that Game Freak had filed a trademark for Gigareki. Prior to the game's official announcement, it was widely assumed that Gigareki was the name of an unreleased Pokémon, as it had been announced less than two months prior that Pokémon Sun and Moon were in active development. All three games were developed by Game Freak. -- Harmony♥ (14271)



Trivia for the game Marble Blast Ultra

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:38:43 +0000

On February 12, 2011 the game was delisted from Xbox Live Arcade. -- yellowshirt (663)