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Game developer Chris Hecker attended Parsons School of Design in the late 1980s -- his admissions counselor was a fashionable man named Tim Gunn, who accepted Hecker's portfolio complete with a four-foot oil painting of Freddy Krueger, the canvas slashed as if it had been attacked by the subject's...

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Don't blame the sniper in Short-Lived Heroes' YouTube vid "OctoParty: Dadliest Spy" - a mash-up of Octodad and SpyParty - for having trouble spotting the undercover agent slinking through the crowd of partygoers; after all, the sneaky cephalopod slipped by us at E3, too. [Image: Short-Lived H...

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There are two ways to be a successful spy. Option one: You blend into the crowd, wandering among civilians and your target inconspicuously – until you strike. Option two: You stand out, turning heads with a sexy swagger and distracting your victim with sensual charm. SpyParty is transitioni...

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Developer Chris Hecker recently added attractive new art to multiplayer espionage game SpyParty. With the new aesthetics, however, come entertaining new bugs that turn a suspiciously quiet dinner party into a squamous freakshow of floating bodies and contorted limbs....

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The purty new SpyParty art, revealed back in August, has made its way into the ongoing public beta. In this latest developer diary, developer Chris Hecker walks us through how to access the new level and shows off some of the much more dashing player models....

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Developer Chris Hecker revealed the new art style for SpyParty characters last year, and now we get to see those new pixels in motion for the first time. The first animated characters for SpyParty are Mr. A and Ms. B, each shown solo and side-by-side with their old, blocky selves. These anim...

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EVO, the annual fighting game convention and tournament, packs an underground punch this year with nine games in the Indie Showcase, bringing in four new titles and five returning champs. The four new games are Towerfall, Treachery in Beatdown City, Samurai Gunn and Super Space ____ (pronounced "Su...

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Four months before SpyParty debuted at EVO 2012's Indie Showcase, convention founder Seth Killian threw down a gentlemen's bet with SpyParty creator Chris Hecker: "An EVO attendee will be your No. 1 player in subsequent tests, and take down whoever the existing top players might be." Hecker took...

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Last year, animator John Cimino turned down a cushy position at Zynga, pre-IPO, to work out of Chris Hecker's garage redesigning Hecker's ambitious, notorious indie game SpyParty. Cimino worked in secret since September 2011 to transform the primary colors and block-based skeletons of SpyParty's ch...

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Up until now, the most interesting thing about SpyParty was its ridiculously deep gameplay. That remains the case, actually, but the game's new look is certainly something to write home about. We've got a full feature with Chris Hecker detailing how the changes took place, but if you just wanna tak...

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The Ouya, a $99 Android-powered console whose prototype has raised $4.9 million in 7 days on Kickstarter, is a mystery wrapped in a sleek silver box. Many players seem to gravitate toward the idea because of its price point, while it would appear developers, especially indies, are backing it for it...

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When we asked Chris Hecker how SpyParty snuck its way into EVO 2012, we didn't think he'd actually tell us – revealing sensitive information is opposed to an entire half of his game's title, after all. We assume it was the other half that allowed him to divulge the details behind how SpyParty...

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Remember Spy Party, that sniper vs. spy game Chris Hecker made and showed off at our E3 meetup last year? The game, originally designed as the ultimate test of deep gaming skill, is getting a spotlight on one of the biggest competitive gaming stages as the Indie Showcase title at EVO 2012. That mea...

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Minecraft creator and recent millionaire Notch held a fireside chat with Spyparty's Chris Hecker, seated alongside a pixelated fire roaring across a plasma screen in one of the large halls at GDC. Hecker and Notch kicked off the chat with two bottles of Sierra Nevada and a cheers, and for one hour,...

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These days, multiplayer games are all about letting the player play the way that they want to. Shooters let you customize your loadouts, racers give you a selecton of cars. If it's online, it's all about standing back and letting players determine their experience. And Spy Party creator Chris Hecke...

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Playing SpyParty at the Joystiq E3 2011 reader meetup may have been a lot of fun, but it was also serious business. As it turns out, attendees were not only having a good time; they were helping SpyParty developer Chris Hecker collect some important data. During our roughly three hour shindig, on...

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