Dearest reader,
Mommy's Best Games, Inc. is a small, private game developer founded in 2007. This site is to share some of what goes on behind the scenes with the creation of our games.

You can click any of our game titles on the right, from Serious Sam Double D XXL to our first, award-winning title Weapon of Choice. There's also categories on the right side if you scroll down some and of course a Search option.

Feel free to contact me if you need more game information!
Nathan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cavalcade of Cool




The temperature in Louisville is predicted to be back up to 50 degrees this weekend, and we have something fun for the whole family. A new comic con! Yes, this year there will be "Cavalcade of Comics" held in the Ramada Plaza Louisville, and Mommy's Best Games be there showing off our locally video games!

What: Cavalcade of Comics. It's a new comic con, from the people that brought you the 'Derby City Comic Con' in the summer time.

Where: Ramada Plaza Louisville - Triple Crown Pavilion
9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299
Easy On Site Parking
Ticket Information

When: November 22nd, Open to the public 10 am - 5 PM


MOMMY'S BEST

 We'll have our next game, Pig Eat Ball, at the show with all new levels for multiplayer and single-player to try out! Pig Eat Ball won't be completed till this coming Spring but we enjoy bringing it to public shows to let people try it early and tell us what they think.

NEW SHIRT DESIGN

We'll also have custom T-shirts for sale at the show, including some very hip Pig Eat Ball shirts, and a new "Video Games Made in the Midwest" shirt.



Here's the order form if you're interested in the Midwest shirt. $15 to show your support for locally made games! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Gi4DmDvkZwRCWYmndDeecUtZaO2_yM962qowcP9EsUM/viewform

WEEKEND WARM UP

The comic con will be the perfect place to pick up some early Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for the comic book/game lover in your family. See you this Saturday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Indiana and Kentucky Public Game Events for Fall

Kentuckiana is the name for the region of northern Kentucky and southern Indiana. And our area will have two public game exhibitions soon!

Mini Making Games

The first show will be this weekend at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire.
The GameDevLou game development group will have a booth there, showcasing plenty of games made by developers from around the Louisville, Kentucky area. And we'll be there showing Pig Eat Ball with new single player content! (Okay, so Mommy's Best Games is in southern Indiana--but we're very close to Louisville :)

Details: Saturday, September 27, 10AM - 10PM at the 800 block of East Market Street, Louisville, KY. Free Admission




Full Roaming Action


The second show is the Free Range Arcade which will be in Bloomington, Indiana. This will be the second time they've held the event this year as it was a definite success.
Free Range Arcade will showcase even more Kentuckiana-developed games, this time primarily by developers in Southern Indiana. And we'll have Pig Eat Ball there as well--complete with more improvements which I'll implement after each playtest and show!

Details: Friday, October 3rd, 5PM - 8PM at the City Hall Atrium, 401 N Morton, Bloomington, IN. Free Admission


 

Bonus Bash


We'll also be showing Pig Eat Ball at the upcoming Cavalcade of Comics in November! Feeling good to have plenty of places to showcases games made around here.

Meet, Greet, Game

If you're a gamer to who loves to play something new--come on by these shows! And if you're a developer interested in the "scene" 'round here, these are great places to chat up active devs making games in Kentuckiana!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Logo and PAX Prime

First off, we have a new logo for Pig Eat Ball!
 It took a while to find just the right look, but we hope you love it! And that it makes you hungry.




And please vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!
This will help us sell the game on the Steam marketplace which is kinda a big deal for us :) http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=305804283
Please tell your friends too--every vote counts! 



 
And the other big news is PAX Prime 2014 was a big hit for us!
We had hundreds of people come through to play at the show and it seemed like everyone really enjoyed the game.

It was also great for playtesting. Each day I would watch people play the single player and each night I would tweak any levels they were having problems with. Definitely got some valuable information from it.

We also had some good media visits. Razer, the game hardware company, had a team on the floor looking for fun indie games to play and they said Pig Eat Ball was one of their 3 favorites!




Even Gamespot managed to find us and play the Party mode with our custom RMP SHKR controllers in their "PAX the Ultimate Show Tour" video.

Danny O'Dwyer is dreamy... skip to about 24' 45" to see him play our game.


Some other good press too:
http://drinkingcoffeecola.blogspot.com/2014/09/pax-prime-day-3-4.html


And some from Prima Games:
http://www.primagames.com/games/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/feature/games-pax-prime-2014






We had plenty of wild characters come through the Mommy's Best Games booth.
Toad and Toadette

Mr. Destructoid!

A man-princess? Not sure where the design is from...


And from the show floor, there was plenty of cool stuff to see as well.

Shovel Knight cosplay!

The Evolve monster was absolutely massive. 18 foot high? Bigger? It was hard to tell with the high show ceilings.

Pikachu keeping an eye on his collection.
 
Operated like a mechanical bull... but it was a dragon! (Or wyvern I guess, don't think it had legs).


They finally found me!




And Amy and I even got to tour a bit of Seattle.
We visited the "Troll Under the Bridge" which was pretty spooky! It's a huge concrete sculpture hidden under an in-use bridge in the city.

And another night we went to the Sony party which was in the Chihuly Glass Garden. It was gorgeous.







All in all, it was a great trip!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Pig Eat Ball Most Innovative at Casual Connect 2014


Just returned from the Casual Connect conference in San Francisco and it turned out pretty great. Pig Eat Ball won "Most Innovative Game" at the show! The awards ceremony was really nice too, like our own little Emmy's but for indie games at the conference. Each award had a video introduction, and the three finalist games had their trailers played, while the game and company were announced by the woman running the show. At the end, the winner was called and you went on stage, got your picture taken and even got to say a few words!


I was pretty surprised, but excited to win, so when I got up on stage, I was in a bit of a blur. I managed to say something about "liking barf and pie".. and "long live indies". It wasn't coherent, but hopefully entertaining.


The venue was amazing too. It was in the San Francisco courthouse which was gorgeous. It was filled with police officers whom I'm not sure if they were thrilled to be baby-sitting game developers that were drinking and carousing but then again nothing got out of hand.

I met some fun new devs there too. I shared a booth with Glowstick Games who ended up winning "Best in Show: Audience Choice" with their horror Oculus rift game. It's called Dark Deception and is definitely scary with the addition of stereoscopic 3D. There game is on Greenlight too, so give them a vote!

Also made friends with the Whispering Willows team who ended up winning the "Best Story" award at the show. And I roomed with Jon from Mijikai Games, who's game Heroes of Rune was nominated for "Most Promising". Turns out he's not only a good developer, but a fantastic dancer!

The Casual Connect show is an industry show which means no public was playing our game, but we had plenty of industry folks enjoy it. And between the award and new business contacts, it was definitely worth participating in.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Casual Connect About to Get Sick

Pig Eat Ball was selected to compete for the Indie Prize Showcase at Casual Connect!

I'll be showing the game next week in San Francisco at the Casual Connect conference. If you're going to the conference please stop by to try it out to see what this whole barfing thing is all about. And I'll have our one-of-a-kind "butt rumbling" RMP SHKR controllers there next week for the 4-player Party Mode!
Each too many barfies too quickly and you'll barf again! Just wait to burp a little after each.


Lecture Time



And at the Casual Connect show, in addition to having Pig Eat Ball there, I've been asked to speak. July 22nd at 3:30pm I'll be giving a talk about transitioning a concept from a game jam entry to a full-fledged commercial product. Come by for an earful!