BattleBlock Theater on XBLA will Release on April 3, 2013

Games

From the creators of Castle Crashers comes a new adventure: Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Only one–maybe two–can leave the Arena! Come play the best co-optional game ever! There will be platforming puzzles and puzzling cats. Free your friends and taste the tears of co-optional gameplay.

On April 3rd, 2013, BattleBlock Theater will be available worldwide on Xbox LIVE. For 1200 Microsoft Points, or approximately $15 USD, you will be able to experience technologically evil cats, friendship, betrayal, co-optional justice, and several other forms of visual and audible stimulation.

Take a look at some of the User created levels made during the Beta testing below.

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An interview with video game music composer Waterflame (CastleStorm, Castle Crashers)

Games, Music

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Video games, like movies, rely on many parts to make up the whole. These parts can be categorized by what you see and what you hear. As a good flim director knows, the music/sound effects can make or break a scene or even an entire movie. Unlike movies though, video game music is often called to be dynamic and evolving, based on the location and current situation of the player character. Whereas movies are entirely scripted, a video games pacing is determined largely by the player.

Because of this dynamism, video games require a music composer who is adept at setting the stage and can marry sound with an intended visual.

Christian M. Krogsvold, AKA Waterflame, is a composer from Norway, has been involved in several indie game projects, had his music featured in the very popular Castle Crashers, and been the recipient of Newgrounds’ “Musician of the Year” award.  He also provided the music for Zen Studio’s upcoming game CastleStorm.

Waterflame has released over 200 songs, many of which can be downloaded for free. His music spans many genres and moods. Some songs evoke a dreamy feeling of relaxation, or perhaps flying through space, exploring distant planets. Others feel like a fight for survival against a seemingly unbeatable foe. From ambient textures to exciting adventurous romps through an enchanted forest, Waterflame has the ability to capture the scene and the setting in audio form.

As an avid gamer and musician, it’s an honor to be able to interview a master of his craft who works simultaneously in two exciting industries, Games and Music.

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Castle Crashers Available on Steam

Games

Castle Crashers is available on Steam today. Millions have played the game on Xbox Live Arcade and if you have not had a go at it you should. It’s a fun game with a great sense of humor and a whole lot of customization. Get it for $14.99 here: Castle Crashers and start crashing those castles.

Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth! Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers delivers hi-res visuals like nothing you’ve seen before. Four friends can play locally or online to save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles!