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Develop:Star Awards 2020 winners revealed

Numerous Switch titles win big

The Develop:Star Awards 2020 were recently held, and the winners have been revealed. A number of titles that appeared on the Switch have landed wins, and you can see the full breakdown below.

Best Visual Art: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)
Best Game Design: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Best Audio: Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo, Annapurna Interactive)
Best Narrative: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)

Best QA & Localisation Provider: Testronic
Best Creative Provider: SIDE UK
Best Innovation: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Recruitment Star: Amiqus Recruitment
Diversity Star: Shay Thompson (Level Up Link Up)
Best Technology Provider: Unreal Engine
Best Original IP: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)
Publishing Star: Team17
Best Mobile Game: What The Golf? (Triband)
Game of the Year: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Best Micro Studio: Inkle
Best Studio: Mediatonic
The Develop Star Award: Todd Howard

Famitsu review scores for June 10th, 2020

This week's Famitsu review scores have been released, taking a look at 4 titles available on Switch. Check out how well the games did with the scores below.

Concept Destruction (Switch) - 6/6/6/7 [25/40]
Golf With Your Friends (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]
Neo Cab (Switch) – 7/8/8/8/ [31/40]
What the Golf? (Switch) – 8/8/8/9 [33/40]

What the Golf? - more gameplay

An award-winning silly physics-based golf parody where every golf course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?

iam8bit handling What the Golf? physical edition and vinyl release

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WHAT THE GOLF? isn’t just a question — it’s also a game that exploits, to excellent comic hijinx, the scientific principles of physics. In addition, it oh so poetically queries — why do we only golf using golf balls? Why not cars? Office chairs? Even horses or giraffes? This is one of those rare, brilliant and absolutely hilarious gameplay experiences that doesn’t just entertain, it reminds us that innovation comes in all forms, including via a surplus of whimsy. We dare you not to smile while trying to 9-iron a mobile home for a hole-in-one.

WHAT THE GOLF?
Nintendo Switch Physical Edition

Limited Edition of 2500 - Only Available at iam8bit.com
Exclusive Cover Sheet - Interior Art
Pack-in Bonus: Sticker Sheet
Region Free - Worldwide Compatibility

WHAT THE GOLF?
Vinyl Soundtrack

Golden Corndog 1xLP in a Premium Gatefold Jacket
Bonus Screen-Printed Fairway Felt Slipmat
Includes Full Digital Download
Music by Sune Køter Kølster
Album Art by Simon Post

Preorder both at the iam8bit website

Tee-rific What the Golf? launches for Switch today

What are you waiting fore?

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Triband is thrilled to release WHAT THE GOLF? on the Nintendo Switch today for $19.99 USD / €19.99 / £ 17.99 and early bird(ie)s can still get the game for 25% off during launch week. The Nintendo Switch version also comes with the brand new two-player local Party mode, for when you feel like sharing your dislike of golf with people who are dear to you!

This new and exciting local two-player Party mode allows friends to compete in a cavalcade of very, very serious golf courses in an attempt to make it to the flag, but both play at the same time (you know, like real golf). The Nintendo Switch version integrates some of the Switch functionalities like the touch screen and the gyro for select levels and also adds a few… surprises for players too.

About WHAT THE GOLF?

The golf game for people who hate golf: a silly physics-based golf parody where every course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?

What the Golf? - more footage

An award-winning silly physics-based golf parody where every golf course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?

What the Golf? panel announced for GDC 2020

What the panel?

Tim Garbos, creative director at Triband, will be heading up a panel at GDC 2020 all about What the Golf?. The panel is set to give major insight into how the unique golf/not golf game was created. Check out the official synopsis for the panel below.

In this talk, the lead designer of WHAT THE GOLF? will present their process for making over 300 levels. How do you go from a gimmick to the first 10 killer ideas, to have hundreds more? How do you tie wildly different ideas together into one? Tim will turn the Book of Lenses upside down.

Attendees will learn how the developers of WHAT THE GOLF? extracted hundreds of surprising mechanics and levels from one core idea.

This talk is for designers who are interested in design a large volume of surprising and comedic content.

What the Golf? developer sets the record straight on their Game Awards 2019 golf ball stunt

Getting the full story out

Shortly after the Game Awards 2019 aired, word got out about something the team behind What the Golf? did. Long story short, the developers brought a box of golf balls to the event, and started rolling them down the venue's floor for a little entertainment. This went hand-in-hand with comments from What the Golf? dev Tim Garbos, who stated that he found the Game Awards to be a boring affair.

The news got a few people riled up, and Garbos has been receiving some backlash about the stunt since. Garbos also caught wind of our story on the topic, and wanted a chance to clear the air and set things straight.

I had a short convo with Garbos via email, and you can see his full statement on the matter below. The comments are being shared with his permission, and what you read was pieced together from various tidbits of our convo.

While we might not be fans of the show, we meant no disrespect to the show or the people working there. We also did it in a very subtle low key way far from the stage and any area you could step on a golf ball, and they got picked up again. It all happened during a commercial break. We would never do anything to take attention away from other developers/games.

I honestly don’t think that many noticed at the show, so the story is based on a few people who got a golf ball. It was far from any place people could walk and not at all close to the stage. The whole thing took 1 minute during a commercial break. Made a few people laugh and look around, then it was over and all the balls were safely picked up or rolled safely down to the stop thing at the end. I don’t know where the 100 number came from, that’s a huge overstatement. If you look at the picture of the box, I think you can count 13 balls and I had tilted it so it looked like more.

Classic story growing out of proportions on the internet, but we are of course sorry if it inconvenienced anyone. And we won’t do it again. That said the game awards part of the show is still really boring. It’s more of a reveal show, which is all fine, just not our cup of tea.

We’re sorry if it inconvenienced anyone, but it was done fairly controlled and far from the stage and places people could step on them. It was a little fun thing in the small area we were seated at and no one got hurt.

Thanks to Tim for reaching out to share his side of the story. We appreciation the conversation, and the opportunity to share his follow-up.

Triband explains how they perfected the humor of What the Golf?

Trial by fire

Triband, the team behind What the Golf?, has created one hell of a unique golf game. Not only does it twist the game of golf in a million different directions, it also does all this while making the player laugh. Wondering how the team managed to make such a funny game? Triband themselves explained in a Gamasutra interview.

We did what all standup comedians do, we took the game on the road. We showed it on conferences, tested it and noted what people found funny, and kept banging on it to see if we could make it better. If you test any game with a game tester they rarely say what they dislike. They sit there in your office, eating and drinking whatever you gave them, and they really want to please you. So they won’t tell you if your game sucks. On the show floor, you just to stand back and watch if they laugh, and if they come back with a friend you know you got something.

What The Golf? gets a new trailer

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The golf game for people who hate golf: a silly physics-based golf parody where every course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?

What The Golf? is coming to Switch later this year, but an exact date hasn't been set yet. We'll bring you that info when it becomes available.

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