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I Made a Game with Zombies in It!
File:I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
Developer(s) Ska Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Platform(s) Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Indie Games)
Release date(s) August 16, 2009
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

I Made a Game with Zombies in It!, alternatively spelled I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1, is a 2009 action shooter Xbox Live Indie Game available for Xbox 360. It was developed by Ska Studios and was designed entirely by company founder James Silva, previously best known for the Xbox Live Arcade game The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai.[1][2] The game was developed using Microsoft XNA, though its tongue-in-cheek description claims it was made using "Hypermagic Engine 3.0 and the Megacore X parallelization processor". It was released on August 16, 2009.[3][4]

The game features a lone protagonist viewed from an aerial perspective. Using two analog sticks, the player shoots droves of attacking zombies while collecting power-ups.[5] It features a rock-style background song with lyrics about the game itself.[6] The song, which shares the same title as the game, was made available for download on the official Ska Studios website.[7] The song was also released through the Rock Band Network on August 23, 2010, about a year after the game's release. The game was available for 80 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live.[1][5] Silva said Xbox Live's indie game price point inspired him to make "a $1 experience that delivers". He did not expect it to be a success, and that he was "half-expecting it to fail for being too stupid of a game."[2]

The game was ranked 2009's most popular Xbox Live Indie Game based on connectivity.[1][8] It sold 160,000 copies by January 2010, making it the top-selling Xbox Live Indie Game by more than 40,000 units. [1][3] Z0MB1ES went on to sell 200,000 copies by March 2010 and jumped to 308,000 in sales by August 2010 [9] making Silva roughly $215,000 after Microsoft's 30 percent revenue fee.[3] The game became a favorite with critics, and was noted for its quirky sense of humor and theme song.[1] IGN ranked it the best independent game of 2009.[10] IGN writer Erik Brudvig said the game was extremely entertaining and "somehow about as insane as its title", despite the simple controls.[5] I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1 won the 2009 Inside Gaming Award for Best Indie Game.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Hatfield, Daemon (January 25, 2010). "I MAED A #1 IND1E GAM3". IGN. http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/106/1063510p1.html. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Matthew (October 21, 2009). "James Silva ('Dishwasher', 'Z0MB1ES')". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/interviews/a182285/james-silva-dishwasher-z0mb1es.html. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Graft, Kris (March 2, 2010). "I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1... And Sold 200K Units". Gamasutra. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/27481/I_MAED_A_GAM3_W1TH_Z0MB1ES_1N_IT1_And_Sold_200K_Units.php. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1". Xbox Live Marketplace. Microsoft. August 16, 2009. http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802585502a6/. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Brudvig, Erik (August 28, 2009). "The Best Way to Spend a Dollar". IGN. http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/101/1019409p1.html. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "2009 Inside Gaming Awards - Best Indie Game Winner". Machinima. YouTube. December 14, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zFHc9eD1oY&feature=sub. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Silva, James (August 26, 2009). "Download I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1". Ska Studios. http://www.ska-studios.com/2009/08/26/download-i-maed-a-s0ng-w1th-z0mb1es-1n-it1/. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hryb, Larry (January 10, 2010). "The Top 20 LIVE Games of 2009". MajorNelson.com. http://majornelson.com/archive/2010/01/10/the-top-20-live-games-of-2009.aspx. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES Infects Rock Band Network". Ska Studios. http://www.ska-studios.com/2010/08/23/z0mb1es-infects-rbn/. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Best Indie Game: I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!". IGN. December 14, 2009. http://bestof.ign.com/2009/xbox360/best-indie-game.html. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 

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