Community Spotlight News


Community Spotlight: DayZ 2017 mod

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 04, 2012 12:45pm PST

DayZ has become one of the Shacknews community's favorite games, with a dedicated server for community members to set up shop and go on raids around nearby towns. After months of playing through the game, however, at least one Shacker has found the game a little too forgivin...


"Hello, this is Icewindo on the BIS forums / blub2121 on YT. I like that shinkicker creates a ..."

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Community Spotlight: Extreme Road Trip 2

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 15, 2012 1:45pm PST

On the surface, Extreme Road Trip 2 appears to be a fun take on the endless runner genre that has rapidly filled the iOS App Store. What Etienne Giroux could not have imagined, however, was his game surpassing a million download. Giroux has been a member of the Shacknews com...


"Goddamnit, why did you add the Suzuki Escudo RIGHT after I spent all my premium bills on the ..."

- Finchypoo see all 9 comments

Community Spotlight: The man behind the book of Blizzard

By John Keefer, Nov 01, 2012 9:00am PDT

You read the chapter from Stay Awhile and Listen. Now, we chat with author David Craddock about putting the book together, including more tidbits from Diablo 2, World of Warcraft and StarCraft.


"As an avid fan of Diablo II (to the extent of remaking it) this book sounds awesome! I also like ..."

- Dricoust see all 23 comments

Community Spotlight: Neon Run21

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 18, 2012 8:20am PDT

Card games are among the best-selling apps on mobile devices. Solitaire, Poker, and Blackjack are some of the easiest games to pick up and play on-the-go, as evident by gamers and non-gamers alike normally carrying around at least one iteration of a card game on their phone....


"I hope everything goes well for you! Sounds great. If I had a phone/tablet I'd check it out."

- OmegaRed59 see all 4 comments

Community Spotlight: Gamers After Life

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 11, 2012 10:30am PDT

After listening to the latest Weekend Confirmed, have you had the urge to listen to a gaming podcast by Shackers, for Shackers? Three members of the Shacknews community--Billy "Mercfox1" Spies, Paul "Sexpansion Pack" Montesanti, and Jeff "geedeck" Gondek--have come together ...


"Now make me happy. Get Deathlove an exhaust pipe, a hose, and an enclosed space."

- Rauol Duke see all 24 comments

Community Spotlight: iControl DCS

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 30, 2012 1:00pm PDT

Games are often considered an immersive medium, allowing players to live out fantasies that were never before possible. Willie Zutz (known to the Shack community as boarder2) has used his personal experience to create an iOS supplement to the Eagle Dynamics A-10C Warthog fli...


"Yeah, it really comes alive when you see it in action. One of these days I'll get around to ..."

- boarder2 see all 15 comments

Community Spotlight: Pixel Punch and the Konami Code

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 20, 2012 8:15am PDT

Ray "aurealis" Keilman's love of games prompted him to put an Easter Egg on his web design site that only one who knows the Konami Code could truly appreciate.


Community Spotlight: Polycount

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 16, 2012 9:00am PDT

Polycount has been home to a large number of video game artists, both professional and amateur, since 1998. Like Shacknews, Polycount has deep...


"Just when I thought he was starting to sound like a cool guy..."

- Crabs Jarrard see all 21 comments

Community Spotlight: Advanced Home Automation

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 26, 2012 9:00am PDT

Remember old episodes of Star Trek where Captain Kirk (or Picard, if you'd prefer) would ask for the Enterprise's computer to dim a room's lights? It was a fascinating example of what future technology would someday be capable of doing. Greg "OverloadUT" Laabs has started in...


"I have been looking at a lot of different solutions for cheap small multicolor lights that I ..."

- OverloadUT see all 65 comments

Community Spotlight: Behind Aqua Balls

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 18, 2012 9:00am PDT

In our newest Community Spotlight, we chat with Brad "bradsh" Huizenga about his new game Aqua Balls.


"Who needs a budget when you have word-of-mouth like Shacknews Community Spotlights ;)"

- Keefinator see all 26 comments

Community Spotlight: Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations

By Jeff Mattas, Jul 10, 2012 3:00pm PDT

We chat with Shacknews community member James Vaughan, head of Ndemic Creations and developer of the runaway indie iOS strategy hit, Plague Inc.


"Downloaded this game last month I think after hearing about it on another podcst, It's a great ..."

- InfernoAblaze see all 44 comments

Community Spotlight: ShackCon ends, recovery begins

By John Keefer, Jul 09, 2012 8:30am PDT

ShackCon 2.0 comes to an end today, and whether you were there in person or following the antics in Chatty, a good time was had by all. The good news, no one was banned from Vegas. Check out the recap.


"Shackcon was awesome everyone! Thanks for coming. So many memorable moments! Cya all next year!"

- H@rvester see all 3 comments

ShackCon 2.0: A gathering of like-minded 'idiots'

By John Keefer, Jul 07, 2012 9:30am PDT

ShackCon 2.0 kicked off this weekend in Vegas after months of planning. We tell you what you missed and why the event is so special to the Shack faithful.


"Close enough as makes no difference, we should have a shackmeet sometime!"

- Haxim see all 67 comments

Community Spotlight: Steam Control 360

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 26, 2012 4:30pm PDT

With Valve's "big picture" mode MIA, one Shacker created his own stopgap solution: Steam Control 360.


"because if you are going to use a controller for everything else, why even OWN a wireless ..."

- theDrMikey see all 17 comments

Shacker wins $75,000 in Activision Independent Games Competition

By John Keefer, Jun 25, 2012 1:30pm PDT

Activision announced the winners of its Independent Games Competition, and the second place winner was Shack Chatty regular Mike Stanton, aka theDrMikey.


"Ah! I had played Supercobra, Choplifter and Fort Apocalypse, but I missed out on a few mid 80's ..."

- cygnus see all 107 comments