Graham Russell

Brjann SigurgeirssonWhat does an indie team do after its first big hit? We talked to Brjánn Sigurgeirsson, CEO of SteamWorld Dig developer Image & Form, about its new project: SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game set in the world of the breakout mining title. In the game, you’ll assemble a team of robots and take them into spaceship shootouts in a fight for resources and survival.

Snackbar Games: What is it like making a game after making a successful one?

Brjánn Sigurgeirsson: It’s hard. It’s not automatically easy. When we were done with the development of SteamWorld Dig, that was June, like exactly two years ago. It came out in August on the 3DS first. And we didn’t know. I mean, we’d been so engrossed in making the game, so we didn’t know if it was flawed, or decent, or good, or bad, or great? But we knew that we were very tired at that point. So it’s like “okay, everybody, let’s go for vacation,” so everyone went for vacation in July, and we’ll just pick it up in August and see what we do. So the first few days, we were talking about what kind of PR and marketing we were going to make for Dig. It’s coming out in seven days, and we didn’t have a plan for it. READ MORE

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The Xbox One may not have quite the indie support of the PlayStation 4, but it’s home to some truly engaging experimental titles and more than worthy of a look for fans of local multiplayer experiences. Here are the best titles for play by three or more that the system has to offer!

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Graham, Andrew and Henry gather to talk about the best and worst of E3 2015! Topics include The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4, Xbox 360 backward compatibility, Rare Replay, Star Fox Zero, HoloLens and more!

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Who was the best at predicting Microsoft’s, Sony’s and Nintendo’s presences at E3 2015? Read on for the results of our staff lightning round competition!
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E3 is full of sights and sounds. Maybe too many, really! We thought we’d share a few shots from the show floor, to give you a taste of this year’s festivities. Stay tuned for coverage from the event!

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It’s E3 time, and we’re reviving the Speculator for a special prediction competition! The Snackbar staff weighs in on the Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo events at this year’s E3. Who will win? As a handy guide, we’ve marked our highest and lowest responses. Optimistic? Check out the bolded response. (Pessimists can direct their eyes to the italics.) READ MORE

In this episode of Snack Time, Graham, Andrew and Chris meet on the splattlefield in Nintendo’s latest release, ink-based shooter Splatoon. Watch and see who dominates the competition!

New episodes of Snack Time post every two weeks. You can check out the Snack Time archive for some great shows you may have missed!

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With a few years under their belt, the latest generation of hardware is starting to show what it’s truly capable of accommodating in terms of same-room multiplayer. So here’s the best of that! We’re starting with the PlayStation 4 and covering the Xbox One soon, and it deserves top billing due to its efforts in the local multiplayer space.

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In this episode of Snack Time, Ryan puts his piloting skills to use in service of the Empire in Star Wars: TIE Fighter, which was recently re-released on modern PC distribution platforms. Graham and Andrew join to talk about flight games, Star Wars etiquette, the virtues of Kyle Katarn and more!

New episodes of Snack Time post every two weeks. You can check out the Snack Time archive for some great shows you may have missed!

In this episode, Graham guides Jeremy through the water-filled world of Densetsu no Starfy 2, the second game in the Legendary Starfy series. Though only the fifth and final game made it to the West, all of them are easy enough to jump in and play, and friendly in both mechanics and visuals! Maybe give one a try?

New episodes of Gaijin Guide are posted every other Wednesday.