Do it for Shacknews Award 2017: Panic Button

The first ever Do it for Shacknews Award goes to Panic Button!


A few years ago, we changed the Shacknews slogan from "It gets you chicks" to "Do it for Shacknews." This puzzled and angered some Shackers and left other folks wondering what it means to do it for Shacknews. Sometimes a person or company won't even know it but they are actually doing it for Shacknews. This might be the case for the inaugural winner of the Do it for Shacknews Award, Panic Button. The work-for-hire game studio's Nintendo Switch ports of Doom and Rocket League are a perfect example of what it means to do it for Shacknews.

Smaller game studios like Panic Button are frequently forgotten during awards season. They do the dirty work in game development. We are delighted to honor their hard work with the first ever Do it for Shacknews Award.

We create high-quality content, making original properties and offering co-development, ports, work-for-hire, and specialized skills such as high-end, low-level optimization and rendering.

Founded in 2007 by industry veterans, Panic Button is a video game studio doing a bunch of unique work (console, future hardware, VR, PC, and mobile). At our core, we're a reputation-based studio that takes on challenging work, and we deliver on our commitments. 

-Panic Button's official website

This year, Panic Button was able to port two games to Nintendo Switch that are near and dear to Shacknews. Doom was our Shacknews Game of the Year 2016 and Rocket League has been home to countless Shacknews Chatty Tournaments of Doom over the last few years. The achievement of bringing both games to Nintendo Switch in the same year is definitely a feat worth celebrating. It is the embodiment of what it means to do it for Shacknews. We salute you, Panic Button. You certainly have shown everyone how to do it for Shacknews!

Be sure to keep up with the rest of The Shacknews Awards as we celebrate the Year of the Games: 2017.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    December 29, 2017 7:00 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Do it for Shacknews Award 2017: Panic Button

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      December 29, 2017 8:00 AM

      Congrats to them. But I think my photo in the WH should get me shacker of the year ;-)

      Serious - I like that you all are covering studios who do the hard work and never get reco

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        December 29, 2017 10:09 AM

        They seem pretty excited about the win!

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        December 29, 2017 11:16 AM

        That thread was nuts. Kudos to you for keeping your cool throughout.

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        December 29, 2017 12:21 PM


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          December 29, 2017 12:44 PM

          Search my history for main threads. Be prepared for some butthurt.

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            December 29, 2017 3:03 PM

            Eh, you didn’t even get a pile-on IMO.

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              December 29, 2017 5:05 PM

              In the thread in the day I went I did. But I could care less. Very few people in the world, let alone shack, are going to convince me that living the life I do should be altered. Eh.

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            December 29, 2017 3:05 PM

            too much work, don't care.

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            December 30, 2017 5:04 AM

            Nah, man it was cool. There's no shame in being honored with a visit to the White House. And it sounds like you really deserved to be honored for your work.

            People on the Shack (and so many other places) are all sour grapes around situations like yours. That's the age we live in. Sorry you had to deal with some of that on a day you should be proud about.

            Fuck Trump, but hail johnhead!

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      December 29, 2017 10:26 AM

      I really like the idea of the award, but i don't think the write up did enough to define the meaning and tie it all together. :(

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        December 29, 2017 10:31 AM

        The award is meant to be nebulous. Much like the slogan. :)

        It is essentially an achievement award. Porting Doom and Rocket League to Switch was a great achievement. We honor Panic Button with this award.

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          December 29, 2017 11:00 AM

          that's not really clear in the writeup :(

          I mean, honoring them with the award and pointing out that they did some incredible stuff is clear, but it's all super muddled in there. There's no real explanation on the thought process behind the slogan and how anything relates to it, just that they're a perfect example of it. Maybe clarifying that it's an award reserved for the studio that best embodies the dogged determination of Shacknews and its community, both through their efforts (porting two wildly different titles to basically a tablet....) and results (....wildly successfully). How that relates to the spirit of the Shack (a small site that's evolved and reinvented itself with the support of a die hard community from a dying husk of its former self into becoming one of the freshest game sites out there right now) should probably be established as well.

          Not hating or anything, I just think articulating a little structure to the award to the reader helps underscore the importance of it. Being too nebulous kind of robs it of meaning.

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      December 29, 2017 10:34 AM

      well deserved. I’ll admit I haven’t played much rocket league on the switch but it played decent enough

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      December 29, 2017 12:04 PM

      The way RL released on the Switch wasn't something to be proud of but it's been followed up with a patch to make it a little better so I guess that's good.

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      December 29, 2017 1:25 PM

      Cool story!

      They remind me of Aspyr who ported a bunch of stuff over to mac back in the days when that was still a thing people were trying.

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        December 29, 2017 2:22 PM

        Aspyr is still very much around and doing Mac OS ports, as well as Linux ports.

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          December 29, 2017 2:31 PM


          I looked them up to make sure I had the name right and I noticed that.

          They were just the friendliest bunch of dudes at Quakecon with a bunch of G4s set up running their ports one year.

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            December 29, 2017 2:36 PM

            They're pretty good with social media, too. They have people on /r/linux_gaming and listen to us few tux gamers.

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          December 29, 2017 5:10 PM

          I believe they also just did the Civ 6 port to iPad

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      December 29, 2017 2:50 PM


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