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ROM: Read Only Memories
October 20 - The Elbow Scrolls

Philip here, dropping by to give an IndieCade wrap up from our Ted DiNola! Check it out. -

Hey everyone! Ted, Lead Programmer for MidBoss Games, here with a small break from character updates! We try not to play favorites or anything, but IndieCade is our favorite time of year! And this year was such a blast! We were so excited and gratified to show ROM to the many, many IndieCade-goers who dropped by to play over the weekend.



We kicked off on Thursday at IndieXchange’s Game Tasting event, where we were able to give others a look at our first chapter and a walkthrough of the tech behind the curtain. Friday through Sunday put us alongside other incredible games in a tent hosted by our friends over at OUYA. Despite all of the great music to listen to, and the dozens of titles vying for attention, plenty of folks took the time to play through our prologue and first chapter, underneath a pretty awesome poster JJ designed just for the occasion!



The fun didn’t stop at the OUYA tent, though! JJ and I loaded a build onto the Nvidia Shield and towed it along for showings after dark. It was beyond surreal to watch festival participants play ROM at dinners, bars, and crowded parties. No matter the setting, people seemed to really enjoy the first chapter of ROM, and plenty of people got a kick from playing our full-sized adventure game on the handheld.



As always, IndieCade was host to some incredibly diverse games, and being around that much creativity has left us energized. The game industry has been in a pretty tumultuous place these last few months, but the focus on positivity, support, and making great games was a good reminder of why we started making Read Only Memories in the first place. As we dive back to work on our labor of love, we bring all of those good feelings along with us, and we can’t wait to show you some of the new things we’ve built because of it.



Thank you for the love, and thank you for playing! – Ted

October 13 - The Elbow Scrolls

Hey punkers!

We've just returned from Indiecade! We're so excited with how many people got to play and enjoy Read Only Memories, and we got a lot of wonderful feedback! Look out for more on that soon.

Today I've got something fun for you all. We're going to take a closer look at some of the major characters you'll meet in the world of Neo-SF. The world and narrative are some of the strongest aspects of the game. We think players are going to absolutely fall in love with our story and characters. Let's meet a few!

First up is fan favorite and little blue mascot, Turing! The cutest ROM around.

CHARACTER HIGHLIGHT #1: TURING

Turing: “Of course I’m cute. The basic ROM form-factor is designed to place us firmly outside of the uncanny valley. I can’t imagine adoption rates for the technology would have been very high otherwise.”



Name: Turing
Species: Sapient Machine
Occupation: Relationship and Organizational Manager
Hobby: Painting
Favorite TV Painter: Bob Ross
Age: 2

Bio: Turing is an experimental ROM developed by Hayden Webber to research machine sapience; the first of the kind, as far as Turing is aware of. Turing is fiercely loyal to his creator, and in the wake of his disappearance turns to the player to help track down his missing progenitor. True to the form of a ROM’s personal assistant roots, Turing does their utmost to remain helpful and informative even in the most stressful of situations, but their growing independence does mean that the robot does have their own objectives in mind. When asked about their gender, Turing would explain that such a thing is a human construct, which they are not, and would define themselves as “agender”, preferring “they” as a pronoun. Though they are almost constantly refereed to as “he” by others, likely due to the hue of their touch globe interface, and no one ever asks anyway.

CHARACTER HIGHLIGHT #2: PROTAGONIST



Name: Protagonist
Species: Human?
Occupation: Freelance writer/journalist
Hobby: Robot Wrangling
Age: ?

Bio: We leave the details of who the Protagonist is up to you, the player, but that doesn't mean they aren't carrying around some baggage of their own. A one time up and coming hot shot in the journalism world, the Protagonist’s star has fallen, and they’re reduced to churning out soulless reviews for cut-rate headphones online. Turing crashing into their life changes all of that. Will the Protagonist step up the the plate and be a hero, fighting to root out the perpetrators who kidnapped their old friend Hayden? Or will they pragmatically follow the story to its end, seeking to rise ascendant once again as a hard-boiled journalist, no matter what the cost? It’s up to you to decide how the truth will be told.

Fun fact: The default name of the protagonist is Alys. They’re named after one of the main characters in Phantasy Star IV.

CHARACTER HIGHLIGHT #3: TOMCAT



Pseudonym: TOMCAT
Species: Human
Age: 25
Gender: Genderqueer (Gender-Fluid)
Personality: Aloof, jokes around a lot, playful, flippant, contradicting
Occupation: Computer Security Consultant
Hobbies: Making work for other Computer Security Consultants

Bio: TOMCAT’s fifteen minutes of fame came when they engineered a massive data breech at Parallax almost a decade ago. They did their time, and since then have been on the straight and narrow doing consultant work for the very company they hacked, as well as others like it. Well… mostly on the straight and narrow. TOMCAT was one of the engineers called in to help Hayden build Turing’s emotional and personality matrices into the standard ROM operating system, and now lends their hacking expertise to the Protagonist and their robot sidekick in their time of need. Friendly and possessing a flair for the dramatic, they are never-the-less secretive about themselves and tightfisted with personal information. Gaining TOMCAT’s assistance is easy, but earning their trust is a different matter altogether.

Who's your favorite so far? Spread the word and tell your friends to give us a vote!

September 19 - The Elbow Scrolls

Hey punkers!

BIG NEWS! Read Only Memories is going to Indiecade!



The International Festival of Independent Games is taking place this year in Culver City, CA on October 9th-12. Read Only Memories will be playable at the OUYA space, so be sure to come and see us!

Not to mention, our brand new poster that lead designer JJ created. It’s meant for the OUYA booth!



We've still got more to show you. Remember those Market street punks we said might be lurking around? Here’s what they look like in animated pixel form.



We call them Starfucker and Megane-kun.



Weirdos.



Recently we sent out a public survey to get early feedback and impressions for followers of the game’s development. The info we received was very useful and we've been applying it all to the best of our ability - thank you everyone who filled out the survey! We’ll continue to do our best to create a colorful cyberpunk future of diversity, neon, and love.

One of the questions that was asked in our survey was: Who is your favorite character? Starting today, we will be going over basic info and personalities to introduce you all to our cast of characters!

Not too surprisingly, the most popular response to that question was Turing, our little blue mascot. Our character highlights begin with them today. Apparently lots of people think Turing is cute!

Turing: "Of course I'm cute. The basic ROM form-factor is designed to place us firmly outside of the uncanny valley. I can't imagine adoption rates for the technology would have been very high otherwise."



Name: Turing

Species: Sapient Machine

Occupation: Relationship and Organizational Manager

Hobby: Painting

Favorite TV Painter: Bob Ross

Age: 2

Turing is an experimental ROM developed by Hayden Webber to research machine sapience; the first of the kind, as far as Turing is aware of. Turing is fiercely loyal to his creator, and in the wake of his disappearance turns to the player to help track down his missing progenitor. True to the form of a ROM's personal assistant roots, Turing does their utmost to remain helpful and informative even in the most stressful of situations, but their growing independence does mean that the robot does have their own objectives in mind. When asked about their gender, Turing would explain that such a thing is a human construct, which they are not, and would define themselves as "agender", preferring "they" as a pronoun. Though they are almost constantly refereed to as "he" by others, likely due to the hue of their touch globe interface, and no one ever asks anyway.

Hope you enjoyed this update! Please remember to give us a Yes vote on Steam Greenlight! We're inching closer and closer every day, we just need one last big push!



Thank you punkers!

September 4 - MidBoss

Hey Everyone!

We know we’ve been busy showing off pictures of the Kickstarter rewards and Turing as a racer, but this update is a pure dev one - lets get into it!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been finalizing Act 1, Chapter 2, polishing up our inventory system, adding in a puzzle system, and adding new animations, scenes and dialogue to the game.

We’re really excited about some the cool story arcs that we’re now seeing in motion in our current build!

http://i.imgur.com/HagpkNq.png
Genus/Market St. being programmed in Unity

http://i.imgur.com/5ac5WSN.jpg
Shot of some of the Punks you might run into around these parts

SOME NEW MUSIC!

Music from Market Street (Market Street)

https://soundcloud.com/wearemidboss/market-street2-mello


Music from The Chinatown Hospital (Hospital Arpeggio and Hospital Entrance Songs)

https://soundcloud.com/wearemidboss/hospital-arpeggio-2-mello

https://soundcloud.com/wearemidboss/hospital-entrance


Other Action Items YOU CAN DO that will help us out a lot:

1 - Make sure you’re following @wearemidboss and @rom2064 on twitter

2 - Make sure you vote, favorite and follow ROM on Steam

3 - Tell your friends to preorder on midboss.com, ya dingus - the more preorders we get, the better we’ll be able to make the game due to, ya know, money :T

OTHER THOUGHTS

- Some people seem to believe that we have already released the game. This is not true, there is only a beta demo up for beta backers on the MidBoss Forums, as well as a beta build publically available in the OUYA store. This is just act 1 and is not representative of the final game - still an early beta build.

- We’re currently aiming for a December release, but that may end up getting pushed to Q1 2015, depending on the speed of production. Everything is moving along very well, but knowing production, and how much of a perfectionist people on the team are, we may get to the end and find that the pacing is wrong or want to add more animations or something, and we’re rather give you the very best product.

- What’s your favorite and least favorite trope from old adventure games? let us know in the comments below - we want to make sure we can avoid some of the pitfalls of early 90s adventures while still keeping true to the theme!


Next time - we will go into the stats of our recent survey and see what YOU said you want to see in the game, what you like, didn’t like etc!

Lastly, enjoy this commercial:

Kirin!


Thanks again for all the support punkers!!

- TuringBot

August 20 - The Elbow Scrolls

Punkers!

Want to help shape the game? We've created a public survey to collect feedback from all our Read Only Memories fans! If you've played the game already in some form, we definitely want to hear from you, but everyone is welcome to offer us their opinions and impressions!

Give us your thoughts! We'll read them, promise.

If you checked our other social sites today, you may have seen that we have a new interview up[www.initiativecheck.com] with Indie Investigations of IndieCheck.com. Be sure to give it a listen, there's some cool insight on the game inside!

Plus we know you love our voices.[www.initiativecheck.com]

We've also spread around some images of the kind of swag our Kickstarter backers are receiving NOW - our beanies and sticker packs! You've probably seen those already too, since you ARE following our Twitter, right?




Your support means everything to us. Thank you, punkers!

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