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Goodbye: An Indie Departure

BludHDPic copyHey, this has sort of been on my mind for months. Well, I have been at this Indie Games scene since 2007 when Xbox Launched their Xbox Indie Games. I was stoked, became a fan. I was immediately hooked on a game called The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. which turned out to be developed by someone in my area, James Silva Lead Developer at Ska Studios.   I loved the way the game moved, it felt like I was playing a AAA Game.  Sort of felt like DMC in a 2D Perspective.

Later in 2008, I began to stream through my Mac Mini, with a  whole bunch of Indie Games I had purchased.  I kept it going for a while, merged over to and started a YouTube account.  I was then asked to join a tiny-big journalist website that catered just to Xbox Indie Games.  The site was called XboxHornet.  I was doing almost daily to bi-daily videos of the most recent of Xbox Live Indie Games, even if that meant I purchased them.  I had some tokens thrown to me here and there, but I did my fair share of purchasing.  I can tell you now, I had received a lot of requests for plenty of games since I had started with Xbox Hornet.  They were a great start to get my work and my strong interest in the Indie Game Community out there.  When I was streaming, I started the channel name as Vintage Video Games TV (VVGtv), because I played some retro games here and there and some indie games.

Indie Games have always this pull on me, maybe it was because they reminded me of the games I grew up on, you know, those retro games.  Many of the Indies I played were side-scrollers, shmups, and platformers.  Most of them carried a 8-bit to 16-bit vibe, accompanied my modern chiptune music.

Much later in 2010, I started my website here on VVGtv.  I started with “Fight for your Love for Xbox Live Indie Games”. This was a campaign to help support Xbox Live Indie Games.  VVGtv took off from then, and we had a few writers on the site.  The first was a gent, that some of you may remember, Derek Strickland, whose reviews were expansive and were down to every detail.  Derek later moved on the bigger and better things, he was a godsend to VVGtv and the Indie Game community.

As the last 3 years moved on, I met some great people, including one of the greatest bloggers I have ever had the chance to read her reviews.  I hated her at first, was jealous of her thunder.  The name, she was Indie Gamer Chick!  She learned a lot about Indie Games and their process after that.  It was a rough start, even for me.  There were some words said.  I am happy to see that Indie Gamer Chick being so successful, between her entrance to the scene and now.  Kyle Lock (@Daizoren), host of our Indie Spotlight, joined the team of VVGtv.  It left just Kyle and myself running both the site and the VVGtv YouTube together, between video and written content.  I am more than grateful that I had him as a friend and a colleague.  I appreciate everything he has done for all of us.  I hope he knows that.  Kyle also has his on YouTube Gaming Channel.  Where you can find a wide array of gameplay videos with a lot of witty commentary, plenty of Let’s Plays, and Horror Reaction Compilations.

As I come to my last paragraph.  I wanted to say thank you to the Indie Game community.  I am taking a leave, it might be permanent.  The reason why I am leaving, I have a new child on the way, and my job I have been at for more than a year has made me very happy.  I have moved up in the company within a year of being there.   I feel like I have a purpose now.  As I leave you now as someone who has played most of the Indie Games I can.  I hope I got to you.  I must go now, I will still be around.  On twitter, @MasterBlud.  I will also be streaming on my Twitch Channel here and there, make sure to subscribe.  As these are the only things that will keep my semi-involved with all of you, I hope to still talk to a lot of you.

PS – Any who, I wanted to put our Amazon Baby Registry right here, if those who would like to send something for the baby.  By the way, I am having a boy and his name will be Lucas James Donnelly.  If you do not wish to use the baby registry and would like to help out towards the baby shower or some other form you can PAYPAL directly to or CLICK HERE.


Master Blud

aka Ryan Donnelly


Indies at first Sight: The Last Door


The Last DoorThe Last Door, this adventure either stops in its tracks or keeps you on your toes.  I am not one for horror games.  So even though this game says it is a horror game, I do not feel the need to jump up on a chair like a pansy.  I love the art style the developers chose, just to be an almost simple point and click adventure.  The music is a nice touch, mixing a Alfred Hitchcock and other keen aspects of horror music.   The gameplay is bland at times and feels like is missing a lot.  Although this title does not hold your hand, a little hint here and there would have been suffice.  The way the game pans out, makes it all worth the while to play.  In all honesty, I tried to like this game as much as I could.  It has potential and for being an episodic game, it really stands out.   Altogether, The Last Door gets a 7.5/10.  It should have been released as a digital copy on Desura instead of being a flash title on their website.  The fact that the first episode is free, bothers me.   I appreciate developers who take the time to make games we may or may not enjoy.  The effort is great.  They were in their right mind to get the game off the ground to at least let you play a bit before you decided to buy episode 2.  The Last Door should have been, in my opinion on game clients like Steam and Desura. Interested in The Last Door?  CHECK IT VIA THEIR WEBSITE.

P.S. Keep an Eye on our Quick BitZ section on our YouTube for upcoming gameplay of this title


Indie Spotlight: Strike Vector, Face Noir and Mercenary Kings!

Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Don Mattrick joins Zynga –
Phil Fish patching Fez –

Ittle Dew –
Cube World –
Kilgazar –

Indie Spotlight: The Novelist, Teslagrad and Among the Sleep!!!

Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

OUYA showing open public E3 event –
Among the Sleep funded –

Kyle plays “Among the Sleep” alpha –

Cognition –
Reus –

LIVE Streaming Event: Guncraft for PC

This Thursday, join @MasterBlud in an awesome LIVE Stream event (This time it’s planned) at 5pm EST! Developers and myself will be available to answer your burning questions. For more info on Guncraft, visit their website.

Indie Spotlight: Undead Legions, Pixels, and Adventures

Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Undead Legions Marketlink:…
Fairune Marketlink Link:
ORGAN TRAIL Directors Cut:

Indie Spotlight: Ridiculous Fishing, Football and Battlehigh


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Ridiculous Fishing Courtesy of Vlambeer
Frozen Endzone Trailer Courtesy of nervoustestpilot…

Battle High 2:…

Indie Spotlight: Android bundle, Darkwood and BRAINZ!!!

Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Humble Indie Bundle –
A Bird Story –
Shroud of the Avatar –…
Roosterteeth podcast with Richard Garriott –…

Electro Bobble –…
99 Levels to Hell –
Reversion (The Meeting) –…

Quick BitZ: Children of Liberty (Alpha Version)

Children of Liberty:
Lantana Games:

Indie Spotlight: Sonic Fan Movie, CES and Cyberpunk 2077!!

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Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Sonic Fan Film –

Indie Gala –

DayZ –

Project Shield –

Gamestick –

Earth Defenders HD –

Kentucky Route Zero –

Ur-Quan Masters HD –