For Immediate Release
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Oct. 27, 2008 - Greenhouse Interactive today announced that the Nitrogen Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available free of charge to independent developers seeking to enhance their games selected for the Greenhouse digital distribution service ( www.playgreenhouse.com). Major tools offered in Nitrogen include the social networking functionalities of 'triumphs' and 'standings,' which will allow developers to reward players for their in-game accomplishments and then display them for the rest of the Greenhouse gaming community.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two, scheduled to launch this Wednesday for Windows®, Mac® and Linux®, will be the first title on the service to implement the new Nitrogen SDK and offer gamers triumphs and standings to enhance their gameplay and Greenhouse community experience.
"We recognize that gamers expect these features in standard retail games, so why not in indie games as well?" said Greenhouse's Vlad Ceraldi. "But, in a crowded gaming world of achievements and trophies, it's inevitable that all of the good words are gone. We've just snatched the last few that make any sense, so 'good luck' to anyone else looking to offer something similar."
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time anyone's offered these kinds of in-game reward and integrated community features on the Mac and Linux platforms," added Greenhouse's Robert Khoo. "In fact, triumphs and standings are only the beginning. There's so much more in the works with Nitrogen that we just haven't found the vocabulary for yet. Stay tuned."
Developers interested in Greenhouse Interactive opportunities and the Nitrogen SDK can contact Greenhouse business development manager Gregan Dunn (gdunn
About Greenhouse Interactive: Greenhouse is a digital distribution service dedicated to bringing indie games and gamers together. Founded in April 2008 by Hothead Games and Penny Arcade, Greenhouse is developer-friendly, offering technical flexibility and know-how to bring interesting and new independent developers into the spotlight. Visit www.playgreenhouse.com for more information.
About Hothead Games: Hothead Games is an independent game developer and publisher based in Vancouver, Canada. The company is committed to creating top quality games for the experienced gamer. Hothead is best known for its RPG-adventure game series, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, based on the widely popular Penny Arcade online comic strip. Hothead self-publishes its titles with a focus on offering accessible game play and episodic content through digital distribution. Visit www.hotheadgames.com for more information.
About Penny Arcade: Equal parts online comic and commentary, Penny Arcade ( http://www.penny-arcade.com) keeps its finger on the pulse of the gaming industry, prompting conversation and controversy alike. What started as a hobby in 1998 for Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and Mike "Gabe" Krahulik has grown into an online phenomenon serving over 55 million page views a month to millions of readers worldwide. In addition to the comic strip, Penny Arcade has expanded its reach to include merchandise, the annual PAX gaming festival ( www.pennyarcadeexpo.com), a video game and management of Child's Play ( www.childsplaycharity.org), a gamer-driven charity for children that spans the globe.
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