Kongregate News

Jan. 30, 2007

Games!

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We broke some records on Kongregate last week when a whooping 25 new games were uploaded onto the site, many of them surprisingly good. Draw-Play received the highest user rating and took home the $250 prize, however, with Catacombs and Arrival in Hell coming in as runners-up, winning $150 each. There were plenty of games close behind in the ratings as well, such as WetDike, Rapid Reaction Master, Scribble 2!, and the Kongregate office favorite Dog Eat Dog.

Jan. 29, 2007

Kongregate update lets the knowledge flow

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At last, we've added a search bar to the site's top navigation area. We heard searching for things is popular with "world wide web sites" these days, so we thought we'd try it out.

And next to our search area is a new link directly to our forums. Apparently just having the old link from the community section was like asking our users to meet with a shadowy informant in an abandoned parking garage for ambiguous clues about who might have information regarding the whereabouts of Kongregate's forums.

We've also improved the functionality of viewing people's profiles from chat. Chat profiles will now display friends, uploaded games, and favorites. There's also now an option to mute chat at the top of the chat window.

Jan. 23, 2007

Kongregate is serious business

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We're currently hiring a UI designer/project manager on Kongregate, so check out the above link for more information.

Kongregate also got an update earlier today that allows users to share games on Digg, Facebook, del.icio.us and StumbleUpon. So try it out, share your favorite games with friends, and let us know how it works out!

Jan. 23, 2007

Seven Deadly Sins wins weekly contest

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There are definitely more than seven sins that bring about immense joy, but the fun of committing a few of them in Seven Deadly Sins was enough for it to win last week's $250 contest. The platforming adventures of Cereus Peashy also won the hearts of those who felt Clubby The Seal was too easy, earning it a $150 runner-up prize alongside the original BowMaster.

Jan. 19, 2007

Massive update

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Kongregate made a major new deploy today, with more happiness and features than a barrel of feature-rich puppies. Behold:

Freedom! Anyone can now play any games on Kongregate, even without an account. You'll still need to register to chat, however, which can be done without leaving the game page.

Chat! In response to Kongregate's growing traffic, chat has now be segmented into multiple rooms. You can choose your room from the top of the user list in chat. We've also fixed a bug that caused games to stutter a bit (and the user list to flash) whenever someone joined chat. Check out our forum post for details on how exactly chat segmentation works.

Forums! Improvements have been made to our forums. Posts now take up more space to the right, hitting "enter" twice will now break up paragraphs a bit, and we fixed a bug that was affecting the ability to display custom Warp Forest levels.

Jan. 16, 2007

Bowmaster Prelude wins weekly contest

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One of these days, all the world's castles will finally be defended for good. But that day is not today, fortunately, as the castle-defending awesomeness of Bowmaster Prelude received the highest user rating last week, earning it the $250 prize. The McDonald's Videogame and Rodent Tree Jump claimed the two $150 runner-up prizes, proving that adorable animals are great regardless of what you're doing with them.

Jan. 12, 2007

Gamma Bros. selected as IGF finalist

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Gamma Bros. has been selected as a finalist in the web games category of the 9th annual Independent Games Festival. We love Gamma Bros. too; in fact, some might remember that we selected it as the grand prize winner of our very first game contest. We wish Pixeljam Games the best of luck, and anyone planning to attend IGF who wishes to meet up with the amazingly awesome Kongregate staff should fire us an email.

In somewhat related news that isn't even really new anymore, Tri-achnid was selected by Jay is Games as the best platformer of 2006. Don't forget that Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl are still working hard on the second chapter.

Jan. 09, 2007

New site features added

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Last night, we deployed a hefty load of new features to Kongregate. Our forums are now live, and a few trusted users have been selected as moderators for chat. We also added the ability for users to mute other users and add them as friends straight from chat, simply by clicking on their name. And if you happen to get disconnected while in chat, you'll now be automatically reconnected.

Jan. 09, 2007

Orbox wins weekly contest

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Ouch, my brain! Well, apparently players on Kongregate are masochists for psychological punishment, as Orbox received the highest user rating last week and won the $250 prize. jmtb02 swept the two $150 runner-up spots, however, with Ball Revamped 4 and Scribble!.

Jan. 03, 2007

Chaos Faction wins weekly contest

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Last week's contest ended with Chaos Faction obtaining the highest user rating on Kongregate, thus securing the $250 prize. The two runner-up games, Warp Forest and Blockhead: The Game, also received respectable scores, taking home a $150 prize each.

Dec. 29, 2006

Thing-Thing Arena 2 wins weekly contest

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That's it, everyone -- Weasel has finally run out of Thing-Thing games to upload onto Kongregate. But his latest entry, Thing-Thing Arena 2, still picked up a $250 victory in the first week of our new set of contests. However, Luksy was no less a winner last week after winning both $150 runner-up prizes with Runes of Shalak and The Classroom 2.

Remember that contest winners are now determined by user ratings, so keep voting!

Dec. 18, 2006

Final Contest Winners Announced

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With much agonizing deliberation, the staff at Kongregate has selected the official winners for the Kongregate Game Contest 0. They are as follows:

Winner:
Gamma Bros.

Runners-up:
The Fancy Pants Adventures
Clubby The Seal
QWERTY Warriors
Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack!
Prehistoric

Funniest: Dark Cut
Most Innovative: The Game of Disorientation

Pixeljamgames is the official winner of the $1500 grand prize, with $500 to be given out to each of the 5 runners-up. $250 will be awarded to Dark Cut and The Game of Disorientation.

Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack! was also the winner of last week's $250 contest.

We unfortunately set up our contest rules with restrictions on international contestants, unaware of how many terrific games would come from overseas, such as Warbears and Orbox B. Our new contest is therefore open to developers from around the globe, in addition to being based on user ratings.

So keep those games coming, and don't forget to vote!

Dec. 15, 2006

New contests begin Saturday

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Starting this Saturday, Kongregate will be kicking off its second set of cash contests for contributing developers.

The prizes are bigger this time, and winners are now based off of user ratings. For more details, check out our updated contest page.

The full list of winners for this week's contest and our overall contest will be announced soon.

Dec. 13, 2006

Child's Play

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Everyone at Kongregate is currently in Seattle attending Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity dinner. We encourage everyone to support Child's Play, which helps bring a bit of Christmas joy to children in hospitals around the world.

Dec. 11, 2006

Thing-Thing 3 wins weekly contest

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Sometimes judging a contest can be agonizing. Who wants to be remembered as the people who chose Titanic as best picture over L.A. Confidential? After much deliberation, Thing-Thing 3 was selected last week's contest winner, with The Game of Disorientation adding much pause to our decision. Orbox B also grabbed our brains and refused to let go, but was unfortunately ineligible due to international contest restrictions.

Dec. 07, 2006

Tri-achnid wins weekly contest

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Killing spiders is undeniably fun, but the epic journey of an endangered exopod in Tri-achnid was a lot fun too, which is why we decided to name it the winner of last week's contest. We also had a great time with the fast-paced, tolerate-no-crap Hovercrafty and the incredibly addictive rotaZion.

Nov. 30, 2006

Floating to weekly contest victory

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Two D Array's Float was named last week's contest winner, perhaps justifying the number of hours we spent collecting stars in a completely vegetative -- I mean, deeply meditative -- state of mind. We also had a lot of fun with Weasel's Thing-Thing Arena, even if the gangsters are now shooting back.

Nov. 21, 2006

Thing-Thing 2 wins weekly contest

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If there's anything we at Kongregate hate more than hordes of unarmed gangsters, then we haven't found it. So we were pleased to name Thing-Thing 2 by Weasel the winner of last week's contest. We also loved The Classroom 3 by Luksy, and don't forget to check out the original Thing-Thing, too.

Nov. 15, 2006

QWERTY Warriors wins weekly contest

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Typists rejoiced last week as their favorite carpal-tunnel-inducing activity was transformed into a game of gritty war-torn carnage in QWERTY Warriors by Weasel, which was named last week's contest winner. We also had a bit of retro revival with Eleminer by Ericsoco and Pac by Komix, both of which are great games with some classic inspirations.

Nov. 09, 2006

Pretty Pretty Bang Bang wins weekly contest

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If Week 3 had a theme, it was definitely the invasion of European bears. We loved the humor and difficulty of Warbears by Ioji and the innovative 2-player Panda Park by pixelate, but sadly both are ineligible because we didn't have the stomach to figure out European contest laws. Luckily we had another equally worthy entrant, and we are happy to declare Luvcraft's Pretty Pretty Bang Bang the winner.