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Retro-styled games are one of the most popular genres for indie developers, and have become a major facet of the indie market. However, so many developers tend to slip on up when it comes to this kind of design, and presents a major trap for new designers to avoid.

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This week on the cast I spoke with CEO of Abylight Studios Eva Gaspar and designer on Super Hydorah Alberto “McAlby” to talk about how the studio is working on creating modern retro games with Locomalito.

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This week, David D’Angelo of Yacht Club Games returned to the cast to catch up and talk about designing Shovel Knight and what’s next for our hero.

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Today’s Critical Thought is on the rising trend of “Modern Retro” games. Titles that were developed explicitly to look and feel like a game from the 8 or 16 bit era, but developed today. I talked about some of the big examples and the debate about how much they should adhere to classic games. I also poised a little quiz at the end as a hint for the next Critical Thought.

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