What a time it has been: we’ve been gaining serious momentum as we continue building our ecosystem! Happy to announce that our VR film, HITO from the Garage Stories hackathon, featuring Nokia Ozo technology is now in post production and the team is working hard to put the finishing touches to our first project together. We hope to announce a release date soon!
We had a momentous 3 day workshop at Womens’ Startup Lab, the #1 female founder focused Accelerator in Silicon Valley. The experience was filled with much learning and reflection about startup culture and the impact of integrity. The Japanese concept of Hito was key to understanding why such a culture benefited everyone. We had meetings with Product leaders, seasoned Silicon Valley coaches and VCs about what was essential in a successful product, company, founder and pitch: the whys, the hows and the whats.
The quality of the information provided within an informal and beautiful setting led to many animated discussions about each of us being beacons for change and why not! Having never been in an Accelerator program before, this was my first time with such an experience and I’m very grateful that it really resonated with me and I was able to understand the lessons that were provided! Thank you again WSLab, it was such a privilege and honor to participate in your program: shine on! BTW, WSLabs is now accepting applications for their September cohort: APPLY!
Thrilled to announce that we have hit the road running with our VR/AR/AI product: #Athena, with a debut at 500 Startups at their Female Founders focused event, hosted by The Expat Woman. Our demo booth was mobbed! We learnt really quickly that we needed more devices running the Athena experience and that there is never a guarantee that a venue would have viable power sources, but we ran through our experience with a few initial hiccups and was amazed at the audience reception towards the technology and its potential. #highlyrecommended #pitch #ffpff #500startups
We are excited to start working on our next sprint with key integrations with our partners and are looking forward to the entire ecosystem being built with our team. #fingercrossed #wishusluck
We started our podcast series, focusing on #indiedevelopers and are now partnering with CyberSquid Radio for #podday on Mondays, so stay tuned for regular updates on this feature. Our first guest was Misael Armendariz from Gorilla Bean Games and we talked about his latest game, Loteria Latin Bingo and lessons learned: thanks again for your time, Misael and just keep swimmin’!
Here are some screenshots from Athena for your viewing pleasure! Thank you for all your support. #BecauseofYouWeCan
In collaboration with Google Spotlight and The Speakeasy SF (Immersive Theater), a group of Filmmakers, Storytellers and Developers will gather in a garage in Downtown Palo Alto to play with and explore all the possibilities that Virtual Reality offers. As mentors we will have Rachid El Guerrab, Technical Project Lead at Google/ATAP; David L. Gluck, Executive Producer of The Speakeasy SF; and Jesse Damiani, Editor in Chief at VR Scout and CEO at Galatea Design, an app for immersive scripting.
Participants will be formed into teams and provided with the tools and resources to co-create immersive worlds in a mindset of collaboration and spontaneity. Each team will be assigned an unique venue in Palo Alto (a hairdresser, a yoga studio, an office and a wine bar) where their story will unfold.
On Sunday, from 5 to 6 pm, the doors of the 4 VR films sets will open to the general public so anyone can explore their stories first hand. In an Immersive Theater format you will be able to literally step into the film. Through telepresence robots, anyone in the world will be able to experience the live theater piece first hand.
Amongst our partners we count with Google Spotlight, The SpeakeasySF, VR Scout, Galatea Design, WeLens, 360profilms, Startup Embassy, Yoga Works, Innogy, Vino Locale and Aziza’s.
Garage Stories is a creation organized by WeLaff, an agency founded by Marta Ordeig that also runs Landscape Film Festival in Europe, a festival that gathers 100 filmmakers to co-create shorts films of a certain city over a period of two weeks.
Check out Blue Apprentice: the galactic science adventure game your kids will love! Teacher approved and recommended by PopSci magazine, Galxyz Blue Apprentice is ideal for kids who would love an intergalactic science adventure mission! Click on the banner below for a free trial of the game and let us know what you and your kid(s) think! \o/
What parents need to know
Kids can learn aspects of chemistry as they take apart and recombine atomic structures. As they solve the puzzles and travel to other planets, kids also learn about biology, earth science, and physics through new activities, games, simulations, and inquiry-based experiences. Other topics covered include the properties of matter, the periodic table of elements, conservation of mass, ecosystems, energy cycles, food webs, different forms of power, chemical reactions, and Newtonian physics. New content on previously visited planets can also be unlocked, plus there are four open-world sandbox levels.
Ease of play
In this simple tap-and-move interface, kids can quickly and easily move around and select objects and options just by tapping the screen.
Violence & scariness
Some mild cartoon violence, mostly not shown on the screen, when the villains do things that aren’t nice to other characters, such as set their buildings on fire or change their solid phase into a liquid or a gas without their permission.
Spooky adventure game Oxenfree has made its way to mobile. Developer Night School’s sidescrolling tale debuted on PC and Xbox One early last January, with a stop on PlayStation 4 last May that added, among other things, a New Game mode. Now it’s available for iOS devices. At the minimum, iPhone 5S and iPad Air running iOS 9.1 or newer. The iTunes listing says that the game has been reworked a bit for the platforms and features “custom touch controls.” Sounds like it should make working through the game’s radio and cassette puzzles a little more tactile. To celebrate launch week Night School has knocked 20 percent off the regular price, bringing it down to $3.99.
If you grab it, make sure to play with headphones on — the game’s soundtrack is simply too good to ignore. Why? Well, my coworker Jessica Conditt’s description should be reason enough: “[It’s] an electronica daydream that fades into a bumping nightmare; it’s the aural interpretation of the sun setting over an abandoned, beachside military base packed with deadly secrets.” Need even more convincing? Peep the YouTube embed below. And if you really like it, it’s available on vinyl from iam8bit.
Our supernatural thriller, OXENFREE, is out now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Mac!
We have been accepted into the Bootstrap track of FbStart! \o/ Thank you for this valuable opportunity, Facebook! We can’t wait to get started with using all of these amazing tools and working with all of these world-class partners. Take a look!
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What if every device became a smart device? What if ordinary objects could suddenly talk to you, and you were able to program what they say? What if you could recreate the most popular smart devices at home, or invent the next one…and it started with something the size of a stick of gum?
All of this is possible with the littleBits cloudBit Starter Kit. Connect the power of the internet to devices not built be connected: power your old air conditioner from your phone; make your gym shoes beg to be taken for a run; program your dog food to pour itself into Fido’s bowl.
Perfect for tinkerers, hackers, makers, designers, inventors, and fun-seekers, the kit comes with everything you need out of the box to get started right away. There’s no soldering, wiring, programming, or insanity required. Just an imagination and a curiosity to hook the digital world up to your analog world. Make an SMS doorbell, an internet-connected lamp, control your music on your old boom-box, and more! There’s even a feature for Minecrafters, the new bitCraft mod, letting you connect Minecraft to your littleBits inventions. Reuse your Bits in unlimited ways to create new, imaginative inventions.
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Connect the analog world to the the digital online universe with the littleBits cloudBit Starter Kit. Program ordinary objects to communicate with you. Make an SMS doorbell, an internet-connected lamp, control your music on your old boom-box, and more! No soldering or wiring required. Perfect for tinkerers, hackers, makers, designers, inventors, and fun-seekers, the kit comes with everything you need out of the box to get started right away. Thereâ€™s even a feature for Minecrafters; the new bitCraft mod, letting you connect Minecraft to your littleBits inventions.
Budai 2017-01-05T01:37:38+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Gaming|
Happy Holidays from all of us at Laughing Buddha Games!
Wishing you all the joys of the season from all of us at Laughing Buddha Games! We are so amazed at the support you are giving us: THANK YOU!
We released BudAI, our AI assistant, our HTML5 indie Arcade, featuring more than 400 cross-platform games that you can play for free and now count among our partners: Tiggly, Famobi, GamePix, Kiwi Crate, Melissa & Doug, Lego Brand and Udemy among others. We are really excited to see what’s next as we continue our journey!
Thanks to your support, we have been visited by 2.6 million unique visitors from all around the world and counting, leading to an astonishing MAU of 356K, with an average DAU of 14K every day!
Thank you for your support: here’s to doing good while gaming!
Porting Star Smasher over to Unity 3D in 20 days was no easy feat, but we did it! Thank you, Sailakshmi, Surendra and Pradeep: great work, guys! We’re finishing up the final QA run for our iOS build. A full-featured game, this version of Star Smasher has powerups, catapults, huts and forcefield upgrades! With ads and in app purchases built in, Star Smasher has finally emerged out of beta. 😀 This release will go out for iPad as well and will include Facebook notifications to keep track of your high score.
Star Smasher Medium Mode
And finally to the artist, Matt R. who came up with the original concept art for Star Smasher: dude, thank you for making this possible – your work continues to inspire all of us! To infinity & beyond, as Buzz Lightyear would say and rightly so, we feel like we’re on the cusp of new beginnings and are excited to see what happens next.
Budai 2017-01-05T01:48:55+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Categories: giving|
We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the Women Startup Challenge. The Women Startup Challenge is a fundraising competition designed to change the ratio, and fund women-led startups. It was launched by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects.
The startups that raise the most during the Challenge will move to the next round of the Challenge, and will get the chance to pitch their startup in person to a panel of investors, with the opportunity to win $50k and lots of other startup friendly services, like a one-on-one pitch to a Partner at 500 Startups, free and discounted courses at General Assembly, a profile about our startup published by Craig Newmark on Huffington Post, and more. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our startup so we can win $50K, and other startup friendly services that will really help us thrive. We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help.
We’re looking for our amazing supporters to help us! It’s super easy to do, all you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Donate to this Fundraiser and give whatever you can. Every contribution makes a big difference, no matter how small and everything is appreciated. We get to keep all the money we raise.
As a special thank you, we have rewards!
Tier 1: $20 ————— Get 10000 in-game credits for Star Smasher + your name in our game credits + a free copy of Star Smasher!
Tier 2: $50 ————– You get everything from Tier 1+ a Limited edition Laughing Buddha Games bottle opener + a signed Star Smasher poster!
Tier 3: $100 —————- You get everything from Tier 2 + a Limited edition Laughing Buddha Games T-shirt in your size + a Star Smasher limited edition 3D figurine.
Tier 4: $1000 —————— You get everything from Tier 3 + A game character designed by you for our game + a signed poster from Kitty & Friends + 500000 in-game credits for Star Smasher or Kitty & Friends.
Tier 5: $5000 —————— You get everything from Tier 5 + Design a mini game with our team
I came across IDEO.org’s The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design last week and right from the first sentence, have been inspired – the idea that we are the change-makers, the movers and shakers of the universe, the generation that can turn the tide, is not novel; neither the idea that the solutions are with the people that endure the issues – however, having a set of guiding principles to drive that design process is clearly apparent, to help make sentences out of words, so to speak:
“Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer. Human-centered design offers problem solvers of any stripe a chance to design with communities, to deeply understand the people they’re looking to serve, to dream up scores of ideas, and to create innovative new solutions rooted in people’s actual needs.”
– The Field Guide to Human-centered Design, IDEO.org
Having this design kit at this juncture helps us at Laughing Buddha Games design our product with creative confidence, by understanding the people we’re designing for, to have more effective brainstorms, to prototype our ideas, and to ultimately arrive at more creative solutions to develop projects of real social impact.
It has everything you need to know to execute on human-centered design principles to develop long-lasting social solutions. Download a PDF copy for yourself today and thank you IDEO for sharing this information so freely. #IDEOrocks
We are REALLY thrilled to post that we have finally submitted StarSmasher for review! Woo-hooo!! We’ll find out in 8 business days if it passes muster or if it needs more work 🙂 but fingers crossed, let’s hope that everything goes great. If everything goes as planned, the game should be available in the AppStore on August 21st!
Despite our best laid plans, we’ve been plagued by bugs that are delaying our beta release of Star Smasher. Arrrgh! The good news is that we are working away at it and given our commitment to put out a quality game, we know that our decision will be worth it, in the end.
Here’s a picture of a StarSmasher villager for your viewing pleasure:
Villager in consternation!
Stay tuned, folks: I’ll be updating our blog as we go along!
Remember this story? Well, get your fingers ready because it’s time to play! 😀
You’re adventuring through some random jungle somewhere (what to do? You like ADVENTURE!), when you stumble upon a village of very frightened people! When you discreetly enquire about their concerns, you find out that the village has been subject to a relentless barrage of falling celestial objects every day and night on Mondays! Luckily for the people of the mysterious village, their local shaman has predicted the arrival of a hero to rescue them.
Looks like the villagers think it’s you! But can you do it? Will you help the villagers? Play Great Stars of Fire! to find out. Coming to iOS and ‘Droid platforms in May 2012!
Here’s a screenshot of the game in its full glory!
Laughing Buddha Games is now in Singapore! We are planning to get set up out here and leverage Singapore’s exciting new incentives for social gaming. Interestingly, in our first week: we were able to connect with a few people who have offered to help us out in different capacities, including staffing and funding! I will be updating our blog with more news and information as we continue on our path towards building our company.
Great news to report from the Laughing Buddha Games team: we’ve just been accepted into Microsoft’s BizSpark program!
We’re a BizSpark startup!
This Microsoft initiative helps startups gain access to the Microsoft ecosystem and “…get immediate access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) for use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions….have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients, and partners…(and) get connected to BizSpark Network Partners around the world—incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies, and hosters—that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship, and who will provide a wide range of support resources, including expert mentoring.”
We’re really excited about this opportunity, to say the least and are looking forward to what’s next! Carpe diem, indeed!
We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Heifer.org in our newest game, Annapurna – Seeds for Change. In homage to Zynga’s Farmville, we’re developing Annapurna, except this time, you can donate all the virtual items you collect in the game to a farmer in Africa, with the help of Heifer.org!
You’ll understand why we chose Heifer as one of our partners for Annapurna, once you read their bio:
Heifer is different. Heifer works.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustain able way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reli
Heifer’s mission to end hunger through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income.
Heifer envisions… A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
Heifer’s mission is… To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Heifer’s strategy is… To Pass on the Gift. As people share their animals’ offspring with others–along with their knowledge, resources and skills–an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
Heifer’s history This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief–a cow not a cup–caught on and has continued for more than 65 years. Today, millions of families have been given gifts of self-reliance and hope.
We are excited about our partnership and envision a brand new way of giving with Heifer.org. Wish us luck!
We’ve been invited to participate as a featured guest on Josh Dirks’ newest show, Down to Business. Here’s a bio, in their own words:
Down to Business with Josh Dirks is where ad agencies and main street collide. D2B is a global business programme that provides in-depth coverage on marketing and advertising, which impact businesses from one-man bands to Fortune 500 companies. From Random Original Headquarters, Josh Dirks checks trends, reviews past successes and failures, and sits down with feature guest businesses to audit their current and past marketing strategies and tactics, pointing out what has been working and some possible areas for improvement to provide a higher return on investment of their marketing dollars.
We’re going to be talking about Annapurna, our newest game and how we’re going to be leveraging our social networks to launch our media strategy. It is going to be a great media exposure opportunity, and we expect to learn a lot, so stay tuned for updates!
We’re sowing seeds of change in our newest game, Annapurna – a spoof on the Zynga classic Farmville, except this time, the animals you buy and the seeds you collect are donated to real farmers and their community with the help of Heifer.org. The touch-enabled game gives players a chance to complete farming related missions and learn about the facts about hunger and poverty in Africa.
You earn karma points to use in the game to upgrade your gear and achievement badges to post on your Facebook Wall. Earn bragging rights, do good in the world, learn about developing countries and teach your children how to make a difference in someone’s life, all while playing a game. Become a HERO in real life: how awesome is THAT!
Join us. Help us end hunger: let’s give hope!
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means “full of food” (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is “the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess . . . the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. . . .
Coming in Fall 2011, Annapurna will be released on the iOS platform, followed closely by the Android and the Windows Phone 7 platforms. Stay tuned for updates: we’ll be updating our blog with more information!
Imagine this: you’re adventuring through some random jungle somewhere (what to do? You like ADVENTURE!), when you stumble upon a village of very frightened people! When you discreetly enquire about their concerns, you find out that the village has been subject to a relentless barrage of falling celestial objects every night on Mondays! Luckily for the people of the mysterious village, their local shaman has predicted the arrival of a hero to rescue them.
Looks like the villagers think it’s you! But can you do it? Will you help the villagers? Play StarSmasher* to find out. Coming soon to iOS platforms in Fall 2011!
Stay tuned for updates.
(*Help us decide on a name for this game. Email us at [email protected] The winning entry gets naming credits!)