kathief

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  1. kathief

    Forum Moved

    Hi Jim! I totally understand - my apologies for not staying current out here. We originally thought we would be able to direct more discussion traffic to AVSIM, but I think the non-flight-sim people might be intimidated by AVSIM, so they gravitate to Facebook or direct email. Thank you for hosting us! We will make sure that our announcements are made here as well as our other social media and try to encourage more people to come here. It's an awesome community! kathie
  2. Hello! Our crazy indie studio adventure has taken us all over the place in the past year, both literally and figuratively - my apologies for not staying up-to-date out on AVSIM. Here's a quick summary of what we've been up to lately... We have continued to develop our scuba simulator, both for conventional Win/Mac machines. We call our development style "crock-pot" - sloooooow pace, but tasty results. Our scuba simulation game is available on our website (https://www.infinitescuba.com), on Steam Early Access (http://store.steampowered.com/app/305700/Infinite_Scuba/), and on the Windows Store (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/infinite-scuba/9wzdncrfj269). We were co-authors of two academic papers last year: Concepts and practice in the emerging use of games for marine education and conservation (Sep 2016, Aquatic Conservation / Wiley) MPAs, aquatic conservation and connecting people to nature (Sep 2016, Aquatic Conservation / Wiley) We were lead authors of an academic paper this year: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and the Marine Conservation Movement, (Sep 2017, Aquatic Conservation / Wiley) We are in the midst of a graphics overhaul of the conventional game as we prepare to release an update this fall. The next update will include Spanish, along with updates to our French, German, and Hungarian translations. Our new Salish Sea dive site is in progress. Our first VR dive (with Dr. Sylvia Earle) will be released this fall on the Oculus store. Originally, we weren't planning to publicly release this still early work, but the demand for it amongst our colleagues in the environmental and educational realms has caused us to reconsider. In addition to our work on Infinite Scuba, we do custom simulation and VR work for other parties. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them here. Happy Fall! Kathie Flood, Cascade Game Foundry SPC, Managing Director & CEO The SPC in our name stands for 'social purpose corporation', the Washington state version of a 'B' corporation. Our social goals are environmental education and the promotion of STEM skills. We donate $1 of each game sold to ocean awareness non-profits like Mission Blue (Dr. Sylvia Earle's group), and we provide Infinite Scuba free to teachers and schools.
  3. Hi again! We made a resolution to actually figure out how to do community management this year... still trying to get that to bubble up to the top of the to-do list. :/ For now, here's our 2015 wrap-up... Happy 2016! We had an incredible 2015 at Cascade Game Foundry, adding to our diving simulation game, Infinite Scuba, learning how to be better marketers, and doing contract gigs, so we wanted to get you up-to-date on our adventures. In February, we were featured in a Seattle Times story by Nicole Brodeur, which sparked a year of exciting opportunities for us. We were honored that our US Representative, Suzan DelBene, visited our office in April – we appreciate her support of small businesses in Washington state and caught up on our shared roots at Microsoft. (Fun fact - both of her parents both worked on Flight Sim back in the 1990's and 2000's.) Our work travels took us to San Francisco (Game Developer’s Conference, March), Los Angeles (E3 and MIX shows, June), Cologne, Germany (gamescom, August), Orlando (DEMA dive industry show, November), and Monaco (BLUE Ocean Film Festival, November). In late July, we rode our bicycles across Iowa on RAGBRAI. We wore Infinite Scuba jerseys, visited libraries in the towns on the route, and gave away gift cards with codes for free copies of the game to the people we met. Hottest. Marketing. Trip. Ever. But, it was very fun to meet so many wonderful people on the ride and talk to them about the ocean! In October, we went on tour with Neil Young! His concerts include a “Village of Action” - a dozen or so environmental and political groups whose work he supports. We were proud representatives of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s ocean awareness non-profit, Mission Blue. We talked to people about Dr. Earle and showed her diver avatar in our game at concerts in Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. We also created custom art for Neil’s Go Earth! website. During the school year, we visited many schools in Washington and Iowa to talk to students ranging from elementary to high school about game development, STEM skills, and ocean/environment issues. (We are registered as a SPC, Social Purpose Corporation, aka B-Corp, in the state of Washington.) We also did contract work for several other companies, much of which we can’t discuss publicly due to non-disclosure agreements. Let’s just say creating and running a small business is one of the most strange, interesting, and gratifying challenges we’ve had the opportunity to tackle. Call us if you want the gory details. As we start 2016, we are excited to be working on our first cold-water dive site, new dive gear, new activities, and several new releases of the game, in addition to more contract work. We are so happy to be here and grateful to be doing this rewarding work! Many thanks for your interest in our game and all the kind emails! Best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and productive 2016!! kathie and the crew at Cascade Game Foundry
  4. Hi again! We can't believe we're halfway through 2015 - time really does fly when you're having fun! Here's our quick mid-year recap... We got some great coverage of the game in the Des Moines Register and the Seattle Times, had a visit from our U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene, and showed the game at GDC, iFest, Power of Play, E3, MIX, and numerous schools in Washington state and Iowa. We are now prepping for PAX and hard at work on our next dive site (Pacific Northwest) and our Steam build, as well as evaluating several strategic partnerships. (Exciting!!) Starting on World Ocean's Day (8 June), we've also had fun posting short videos that feature our partners on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CGFVIDEOSTREAM You can now follow us at these locations: Our website: www.infinitescuba.com Twitter: @infinitescuba and @cascadegf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CascadeGameFoundry YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CGFVIDEOSTREAM Please help us get the word out by telling your friends about us - many thanks! Whew. Add all that to the unseasonably warm weather in Seattle... we're hot! kathie
  5. Howdy! Basically, we've been going non-stop since last year's GDC and Game Connection, where we were one of the Selected Projects. So many cool opportunities have come our way since then! It's certainly been a roller coaster ride as some projects come to fruition while others fade away. Someday, I will have to write a book. In the meantime, here's a quick rundown. Between the Game Connection Selected Projects invitation and introductions by Dr. Sylvia Earle and her ocean-awareness non-profit Mission Blue, we spent last summer and fall showing the game at iFest (Seattle), SxSW Eco (Austin), Mobile Games Forum (Seattle), HP Sprout Launch (NYC), BLUE Ocean Film Festival (St. Petersburg FL), World Parks Congress (Sydney), and DEMA (dive industry show in Las Vegas), as well as all the aquariums, museums, schools, clubs, etc. we could fit in. It's a good thing we love to travel! We also released our free trial (available on our website) and Windows 8 Metro version last summer, our Belize dive site and Dr. Earle diver avatar in December, and three new divers this week. We are now working on our Steam build and a Pacific Northwest dive site. More exciting news soon! kathie & the infinite scuba team at cascade game foundry ps: The photo of with Dr. Earle and part of our team was taken at DEMA. We are really lucky to work with such an inspiring hero for the planet!
  6. Hi! Three new divers join Dr. Sylvia Earle (and our original Infinite Scuba diver) in our beautiful and relaxing scuba game. Our latest update automatically includes the three new divers, as well as assorted performance improvements and minor bug fixes. Video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R11EPXkMtoQ Steam build is next! kathie
  7. Here's a promo video of Dr. Sylvia Earle diving in Infinite Scuba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vazIGupFf_s We also make the game available free to teachers who use it in their classrooms. (We are a B Corporation.)
  8. kathief

    Welcome!

    We have made significant improvements while finishing the new dive site for release (Belize, Dec 2014), so overall perf should be much better across the board. Also, you can now play the demo version (30 minutes in the water) free on our website (Windows 7 and Mac versions) and on the Windows 8 store (Windows 8.1/Metro version). We have made a New Year's resolution to visit AvSim regularly, too - so sorry for the super-slow-mo reply!
  9. kathief

    Snorkelling and free diving?

    Wow, another post that we missed - I am so sorry for the glacially slow reply! You can't yet snorkel or free dive in Infinite Scuba, though we would like to add those activities. No male diver yet, but one is in progress. We recently added Dr. Sylvia Earle as a diver option, and are in talks with other famous divers, so please stay tuned. We also recently released a new dive site (Glover's Reef in Belize, selected by Dr. Earle) and we are now working on a Steam build, as well as a new dive site in the Pacific Northwest. Please check out www.infinitescuba.com or www.cascadegamefoundry.com for more news of our adventures! We will do a better job of monitoring this site this year, too!
  10. Yikes, it's been far too long since we've been out here - my apologies! We will do a better job of coming out here this year! We just launched a new dive site in December: Glover's Reef in Belize, which was selected by Dr. Sylvia Earle and includes whale sharks, among dozens of other critters found in the Mesoamerican Reef. Your game came with 500 clams, which can be used to buy new gear and dive sites. (Click on 'Chuuk Lagoon' in the game's main menu to buy and/or change to the new dive site.) 2014 was crazy busy in a fantastic way! We were a finalist in the Game Connection Selected Projects competition, starting working w/HP on their new Sprout machine, and showed the game at SxSW Eco, the World Parks Congress, and DEMA shows, among many others. Please visit www.infinitescuba.com or www.cascadegamefoundry.com for more details of our adventures.
  11. Cascade Game Foundry (CGF) is thrilled to announce two additions to their Infinite Scuba game: a new Dr. Sylvia Earle avatar and a new Belize dive site. Dr. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, is a legendary oceanographer, environmentalist, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and the founder of Mission Blue (http://missionblue.org), a global initiative dedicated to raising public awareness about critical marine issues. "Mission Blue is delighted to partner with Cascade Game Foundry on Infinite Scuba," says Dr. Earle. "Experiencing the beauty, mystery, and fragility of the ocean in such a hands-on way will inspire the people who play the game to protect our planet's blue heart." "It is a true honor to include Dr. Earle as part of our diving game experience," says Kathie Flood, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Cascade Game Foundry. "Her endeavors as an ocean explorer and conservationist inspired the creation of Infinite Scuba and will allow our players to experience the ocean's beauty and the cause of preservation on a whole new level." In support of Dr. Earle's efforts, CGF will donate one dollar (USD) for every copy of Infinite Scuba sold. Dr. Earle specifically chose the new dive site, Glover's Reef, located in Belize and part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest reef in the world and home to the world's largest fish, the whale shark. For more information, go to http://infinitescuba.com
  12. Hi! We have a few reports of a bug in which the diver controls (e.g. moving forward, moving backward, show camera) fail to function. We have verified the problem and are working on a fix. In the meantime, if you experience this problem, you can reset the game (and the controls) by following these steps: For Windows: Exit the game. Go to this folder, depending on your build: Windows Desktop: C:\Users\<YourLoginNameOnYourMachine>\AppData\LocalLow\Cascade Game Foundry\InfiniteScuba Windows Metro: C:\Users\<YourLoginNameOnYourMachine>\AppData\Local\Packages\CascadeGameFoundry.InfiniteScuba_fn7n90zx2bqzj\LocalState Delete the PlayerState.xml file. Restart the game. For Mac: Exit the game. Open a Terminal window (Launch Pad -> Other ->) Type this at the command prompt to get to the right directory: cd /users/<YourLoginNameOnYourMachine>/library/caches/com.cascadegamefoundry.infinitescuba Type this at the command prompt to remove/delete the PlayerState.xml file: rm PlayerState.xml Restart the game. Please let us know if you have any problems or questions about this, either here or by sending mail to info@cascadegamefoundry.com Thank you! The Cascade Game Foundry Team
  13. Hi! We've finally come up for air after a crazy few months of game- and dive-industry shows and game updates. Here are some highlights of what we've been up to... Our Windows Metro build is now available on the Windows 8 Store and includes a Free Trial that enables you to dive for 30 minutes, to get a taste of our relaxing underwater experience. Search for "Infinite Scuba" in the Windows 8 store or go here: http://tinyurl.com/mnm7kum We're in the "New & Rising" section, too. Our new dive site (in Belize, selected by our wonderful partner Dr. Sylvia Earle) is nearly ready for beta. Please send mail to info@cascadegamefoundry.com if you would like to be a beta tester. New trailer video, used at Game Connection 2014: http://tinyurl.com/ohg9z7n We were a finalist in the Game Connection Selected Projects 2014 in San Francisco in March - this was a fantastic experience and great exposure for us. We were invited to join the PC Gaming Alliance - the first indie team ever invited! Game is available in French, German, and Hungarian, as well as the default English. You can change languages via the in-game Options menu. We tweet! Please follow us @InfiniteScuba and @CascadeGF and tell your friends. We changed the company's corporate designation to B-Corp, noting that we are focused on science, history, and environmental education, so we are officially a company with a 'social purpose'. We worked with the University of Washington Human Centered Design & Engineering School to make our tutorial more friendly. For more info, please check out our website (http://www.infinitescuba.com), ask questions here, or send me a message. Thanks for all your help and patience as we continue building the game! Kathie Flood and the rest of the team at Cascade Game Foundry
  14. Hi Stoppro! Unfortunately, you must hold down W to move forward. We are experimenting with alternate controls for our tablet version, but those won't be ready to roll until later this year. W + Shift makes you kick faster, but you will also burn air much more quickly. kathie
  15. kathief

    Using PayPal to buy?

    Hi Emile! Unfortunately, Paypal hasn't made it to the top of the to-do list yet. We have received many more requests for new dive sites and activities, so that's where our focus is right now. My apologies for the delay! kathie