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Paranautical Activity combines the classic FPS action of games like Doom and Quake, with the randomness and difficulty of modern roguelikes like Binding of Isaac and Spelunky. I don't usually shout out sales since our sales page, but these guys really need it...


They were originally on Steam's Greenlight, found a publisher who was supposed to get them onto Steam normally, Steam then blocked it to "send a message" and so they had to do it all again.

To rub salt into wounds Steam has let someone else (Fist Puncher, see forum topic about it here) do it with no issues only a few days later (with the same Publisher!), makes me not trust Steam sadly, I wish these guys the best as Paranautical Activity looks fantastic.

QuoteWe had a deal with Adult Swim to publish our steam release. However since we had an old greenlight page set up for the game Valve decided they “didn’t want to send the message that indies can seek out publishers to bypass steam greenlight” and pulled the rug out from under our feet. All of our promotion and planning has been done expecting to get on steam with no problem, so we’re in a pretty rough spot.

The interview they did here to explain what happened:

To quote the developer from what valve said to him:
QuoteWe don't want to promote indie's using Publishers to get around the Greenlight system.

If an indie game has a Publisher that makes it, you guessed it, not indie. The whole point of this "indie" term is developers who don't have publishers isn't it? Unless I have this really really wrong.

This annoyed me rather a lot sadly, I feel for these guys, go support them and buy a copy or spread the word, or both?

The game is usually $6.99 but it's pay what you want right now!

IndieGameStand Link
Official Site

They also of course need Greenlight votes all over again so help them out!
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Mike Frett 13 June 2013 at 6:04 pm UTC
I spread the word. I'd buy it (or maybe I will and donate it) but my arthritis pretty much halts my ability to enjoy a FPS heh. What the heck is wrong with Steam. It looks awesome though, the green lighting on those skulls freak me out.
philip550c 13 June 2013 at 6:08 pm UTC
I have it on desura, its pretty fun. I feel sorry for what steam did to them.
Projectile Vomit 13 June 2013 at 6:58 pm UTC
Bought it, but haven't been able to get it to run past the "play/quit" screen. It locks up.
Mike Frett 13 June 2013 at 7:03 pm UTC
Projectile VomitBought it, but haven't been able to get it to run past the "play/quit" screen. It locks up.
Me too, on Reddit they said they don't have a loading screen yet and it's not actually locked up. They said give it a few minutes to load. On my Xubuntu I thought it was locked and hit ESC and that exited the game, so you know. =)
Projectile Vomit 13 June 2013 at 7:16 pm UTC
Okay, cool! I'll give it another shot. Thanks, Mike
muntdefems 13 June 2013 at 7:21 pm UTC
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I see you two are not The Cheapskate's Corner regulars, are you?
Projectile Vomit 13 June 2013 at 7:35 pm UTC
I read Cheapskate's Corner, but that's not to say I may have missed an article or even a paragraph (my attention span isn't the greatest, unfortunately). There have been many time that I caught an indie sale because of Cheapskate's Corner

I also check Indie Game Stand every few days to see what they've got going on. That's how I recently landed Paranautical Activity and Snorms together
Mike Frett 13 June 2013 at 7:36 pm UTC
muntdefemsI see you two are not The Cheapskate's Corner regulars, are you?
Oh goodness yes, but my memory span doesn't go back that far.
Projectile Vomit 13 June 2013 at 7:41 pm UTC
...and thank you again, Mike. I now see the error of my impatience with Paranautical Activity.
s_d 14 June 2013 at 7:14 am UTC
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I hope it works out OK for this guy;  I picked up a key for this deal
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