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This news may be a little old, but its a good one none the less.
The guys over at 1Up have been following the "Demake" Indie Game scene for a while. It's where you take a current game and make it retro, as if you were playing in on the NES or Atari 2600.
S.T.A.C.K.E.R. focuses on item collection and management via Tetris-like stacking, and using your equipped weapon to fend off enemies in The Zone. The items also serve as the in-game currency, granting passage to the next stage once enough of it has been collected. The finished game consists of three stages inspired by S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: the wasteland, the underground laboratories, and the power plant. "There was limited time for the competition, so the last two [stages] are a bit ragged," Thapen says, admitting that he'd like to go back and tweak those stages. "Actually, the first one, too," he says, "since it looks like it's much harder than I thought it was." Thapen doesn't want to spend too long on this particular project, though, since the next contest is coming soon. "They have competitions every few months," he says, "and it's a great way to stay motivated and focused on something, and to keep your project a manageable size."
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