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It’s not quite breaking news, but this is something I never thought I’d read. IGN, corporate games and entertainment giant, is extending the olive bough, or peace pipe, or hand of friendship or whatever, to indie game developers in a pretty serious way. They’re offering them free access to IGN offices, conference rooms, kitchens, and staff — no obligation, no money changes hands. The obvious question is “what’s the catch?” But amazingly, there doesn’t seem to be one.
Well, actually, there is a catch — it’s just a really minor one. You’re working in the IGN offices. There’s no obligation, but of course while the indie guys may have access to IGN, IGN also has access to the indie guys. Working on stuff informally, going to lunch, talking about this and that — it’s a great incubator, and IGN is right not to demand anything for it.
And what can the cost really be? A little more coffee, maybe a slush fund for taking these guys out to lunch every once in a while… I doubt it would amount to more than a couple hundred bucks a month. I think this is win-win.
By the way, if you guys are looking for a good indie game to play, try Hero Core. I just finished it, was addicted for several days.
[via TG Daily]
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/apple/Inside_Apple_s_black_lab_wireless_testing_facilities’; It’s not surprising that after Apple finished explaining the iPhone 4 antenna issues to the press today, the company wanted to go one step further and say “yes, actually, we do test the hell out of these phones before we release them to the public.” Though Steve Jobs went over the lengthy and intensive kinds of radio evaluation that goes on at Apple’s headquarters, it didn’t seem to be enough for the folks in Cupertino. And that, we suspect, is why we were invited (along with a small group of other journalists) to take a brief tour of Apple’s Infinite Loop labs. Though we weren’t allowed to shoot video or take pictures, we can tell you about what we did — and what we didn’t — see and hear behind closed doors.
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