Keezy Young

Keezy Young

Keezy is a gamer, illustrator, and designer. Her background is in teaching and tutoring kids from ages 9 to 19, and she's led workshops for young women in STEM. She is also holds a certificate in teaching English. Her first memory of gaming is when her dad taught her to play the first Warcraft when she was five. You can find her at Key of Zee and on Twitter @KeezyBees.

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Garry’s Mod Has Sold its Ten Millionth Copy

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The Steam holiday sale had its ups and downs, what with all the accidental identify theft on Christmas day. But as far as ups go, you might be interested to find that Garry’s Mod sold its ten millionth copy during the holidays. Creator Garry Newman reacted to the stats on Twitter.

Originally a mod released for Half-Life 2, Garry’s Mod has grown into its own thing. Newman created Facepunch Studios in 2006 to continue working on the game. They also released Rust, a brutal survival game.

According to GameSpot, Facepunch is working on a Garry’s Mod sequel with VR functionality.

Congrats to Facepunch and Garry Newman! Here’s to many mods to come.

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Oculus Rift Will Come Bundled with Lucky’s Tale

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This morning, Oculus announced that Playful Corp’s VR game Lucky’s Tale will come bundled for free with every Oculus Rift.

Lucky’s Tale looks familiar when you watch a trailer on a 2D screen, but it’s pretty different from most VR games currently in development. Notably, it’s one of the only kid-friendly games announced for Oculus so far. It’s also not first-person. You float along behind the titular Lucky as a third-person presence, guiding and protecting him across platforms and past adorable bad guys. This is fairly unusual for VR.

Pixelkin’s Courtney Holmes got the chance to play Lucky’s Tale a few months ago with the game’s director Dan Hurd, and she enjoyed it even more than she’d anticipated. She notes that VR and third-person adventure games mesh well, despite reservations.


Firefall Studio Failed to Pay Its Employees This Christmas

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Red5, the studio behind the sci-fi MMO Firefall, failed to make payroll this Christmas. Employees expecting to receive paychecks on Friday, December 25, took to social media when their direct deposits did not go through.

A small handful of employees received the following message:

Hi Team,

I regret to inform you that Red5 currently does not have the funds necessary to meet our payroll scheduled for today Friday, December 25. Due to this, there will not be payroll paid this week.

Red5 and The9, our parent company, is currently working to resolve this, during the holidays, as soon as possible. We are hopeful we’ll be able to resolve this and will update the team immediately. (Source)

Since then, the company held a meeting with the entire staff confirming their financial troubles and promising to pay employees by December 30. That payment will not include back pay, however.

Red5 has been around for 10 years, and this is not the first public sign of their financial woes. The company laid off approximately 40 employees in November, according to Game Informer.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by a fellow game dev to raise money for Red5 employees who haven’t been paid. As of Tuesday morning, it has raised less than $600 of its $100K goal.