NEOFEUD IS A TOP 100 FINALIST FOR BEST INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR! Please vote for Neofeud near the top of this page!
Here is some background on the game:
"The art, writing, programming and music* of Neofeud was created by one person, Christian Kealoha Miller, also known as 'Silver Spook'. He also performed half of the voice acting. Christian is a Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Hawaii. Neofeud is a Dystopic Cyberpunk adventure game in the vein of Blade Runner, but with an overlay of Game of Thrones-like political intrigue, and 1366x768, hand-painted, stylized visuals.
The art, stories and gameplay of Neofeud are a reflection of my experiences as a STEM teacher for the underserved youth of Honolulu's inner city. Teaching robotics, programming, and sustainability is an often difficult, stressful, and even Kafka-esque endeavor -- being in one of the richest, most beautiful places on Earth, yet dealing with families with working parents, who are living out of a van, or sleeping on the street. It is hard trying to keep the kids out of gangs, off of drugs, and on a path towards better opportunities, such as the ones I had growing up in a slum area of paradise while going to an upscale private school. I made Neofeud to be a fun and engaging game in and of itself, but I also wanted the player to think about the society in which we live, as well as the one which we may be heading toward if nothing is done."
Here's a roundup of some of the articles this year on Neofeud:
Read the rest of this article from Native Hawaiian Print Pubication, the Ka Wai Ola.
"A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile... The characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I've recently played" --Sprites And Dice
"'Cyberpunk-Fueled Noir.' Reminiscent of Beneath a Steel Sky and I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream... The art, gameplay, music and story come together to deliver a solid game." --Indie Ranger
“An ambitious, atmospheric cyberpunk scenario and essentially the work of a single person (voice acting excluded). Oh, and it might also be one of the best adventure games I have played in a while... The world building is something else. It has a thickness, a density to it." --IndieGames.com
"This spectacular and complex story will take at least 12 hours to play through, and the writing is excellent and enjoyable." --3rd Strike
"Science fiction at its most raw and visceral... Neofeud doesn't shy away from uncomfortable subject matter. It gave me chills and made my stomach roll... It made me uncomfortable to listen to and watch…but that is the entire point. I can't turn a blind eye in the game, and I certainly can't turn a blind eye in real life." --Steamshovelers
"An immersive cyberpunk adventure game... Echoes of H.R. Giger and William Gibson... [Christian Miller] knows what makes a quality game." --Brandon C. Hovey
"I loved the quirky but fantastic hand-painted visuals, the gruff, cynical humour." --Gaming Respawn
Here's one of my favorite Neofeud reviews from Steam user Jungle.James who really went deep into the larger ideas explored in Neofeud, and seems to have really 'got' what I was aiming for with this cautionary tale:
Neofeud is the most visionary game on Steam evocative of the creator's passion, sparing what Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain could have been. Never have I seen a game produced by such a small studio translate a vision so well.
It is a point and click adventure game wherein each line of dialogue is voice acted, and each scene has a MSPaint charm while expressing pure imagination, for example a chateau's ceiling where there is a painting of nearly infinite patterns, reflecting the royal's fascination with the godhead of technological transcendence.
In sum, Neofeud considers the following:
- UBI controlled slums filled with transgenic and outdated synthetics / androids deemed non-sentients and refuse.
- DRM cigarettes.
- Hypermodernity through a Baudrillardian simulation and simulacra of "consensus reality" interested rulers.
- The sythesis of the contemporary prison and military industrial complexes.
- Scepticism of the motives from those like Elon Musk who promote optimal adjustments to capitalism or late stage capitalism. Authenticity in social movements and how they're frequently co-opted; references to Public Enemy vs Kanye West.
- What dwells in the abyss that is the coming convergence of science, technology, and society.
If any of those topics interest you on a philosophical, economic, or social level and would like those topics paired with often times silly voice acting (for the better overall end results), please play Neofeud.
edit: A lot of soul went into this project, and it shows.
And here are a few more interviews I did surrounding the game:
A discussion on games, gaming and life with Christian Miller ( talking with Brandon C. Hovey)
"The soundtrack -- created by Silver Spook himself -- consists of various flavors of electronica; an obvious choice, given the futuristic setting. And indeed it fits in perfectly. It's minimalistic when it needs to emphasize the dreariness of the slum world. Action sequences, in turn, are punctuated by a pounding beat -- whereas a distorted piano plano creates a watercolor-like backdrop to some of the game's most powerful moments of existential reverie. As mentioned already, the game is a full talkie. It's something that's expected of a modern game -- but the workload and the quality are actually impressive."
And here is Christian performing "Proto-J", a short story set in the world of Neofeud. The story is performed in the voice of the character whom Christian voice-acts in the game.
You can find more short stories in The Neofeud Short Story Collection
Here are some of my other projects:
Dysmaton - a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk adventure (in development)
And finally, here is a hangout with a bunch of the folks who helped make Neofeud possible, including my long-time patrons Deborah Dunaway and Scott Smigiel. Deborah also voice acted several characters in the game. Chris R. Smith and Brandon C. Hovey, two great voice talents are also present. The other major voice actors and actresses who couldn't make it were Amayirot Akago and Mrs. Silver Spook / Holly The Robot.
(*I created 43 out of the 45 songs of the Neofeud soundtrack, the other two were by Scott Smigiel. he created many more, but due to changes I made later in the game, I only ended using a couple -- my bad. However, the tracks themselves were great, and you should go and check his stuff out!)
We're a little volunteer army working out of Section 8 and plumbing-free microhomes, so please consider a little donation! You'll receive the shoutout as an official "Neofeud" patron and receive the backstage-pass to our latest material.
Big, huge thank you to our patrons thus far. Neofeudal Lords and Ladies:
Bill Meikle, Ian Ruotsala AKA 'Xenophile', 'Minxilla', Noirjyre, and Benjamin Penney.
"In a dystopian future, the one-percent hover in glimmering golden sky-castles above a wasteland of destitution. A young 'low-born' seamstress' only chance to go from Cinderella rags to Kardashian riches is to be 'noticed' in a cosplayer competition, and to marry a ultra-wealthy prince or be picked up for a TV show by a megacorporation -- all while dealing with poor body-image and self-esteem issues, resulting from a society that doesn't need or want her.
A sentient machine, one of millions of 'defective prototypes' mass-produced by tech-giants, winds up in a 'machine prison' due to 'substrate profiling' -- robot is the new 'black'. He's beaten, abused, and finally teams up with the robo-convicts to jailbreak from the supermax facility.
Neofeud is a cautionary tale, a dark vision of where we may all be heading very soon, if we aren't careful. This series of short stories is set in the world of "Neofeud", a dystopic adventure game."
A cyberpunk short story set in the world of Neofeud.
(caution: extreme language)
Not sure about Patreon? You can always:
Full-disclosure: I really need the money to fix my time machine.
First up, Neofeud is 50% off on Steam and Itch.io right now! All revenue from sales of Neofeud (I am the writer/artist/programmer/etc.. all the money goes to me) is going to go straight into cleaning our water catchment tubes which are full of leaves, and so the water comes out the color of pee and smells like old dogs when we wash our clothes, lol. :) ;_;
I'm also relying on revenue from Neofeud 1 to complete Neofeud 2. So every purchase of Neofeud 1 goes to crowdfund the second!
If you've already got Neofeud, you can also get the Neofeud short story collection here: Silverspook.itch.io
And you can get the Neofeud soundtrack, winner of "Best Music 2017" in the AGS awards, over here on Bandcamp: Silverspook.bandcamp.com
Next, here are some of the latest work-in-progress screenshots from Neofeud 2:
I will be livestreaming some work on Neofeud 2 at 12 PM Pacific time this Sunday! Come stop by and say hi, especially if you are an indie dev, as I like to give shout outs to fellow creators. :)
Next, here's my reaction to Cyberpunk 2077, including my analysis of the term "cyberpunk", and what makes a work cyberpunk on three different levels - surface, substance, and true cyberpunk.
Also, myself and Neofeud were recently featured in a Polygon article! Polygon is one of the largest game and media sites, so this is pretty cool! :)
"Christian Miller released Neofeud, which melds politics and social ideas in a cyberpunk world. He says the way big companies address divisive issues is 'a little a silly. They want to say, "we’re just making fun entertainment." It’s disingenuous'"
In light of recent events in the US, in particular the horrific events happening at the border, I do think it's worth noting that these sorts of human rights violations have been going on for some time. The soul of Neofeud was about me expressing my experiences as a POC growing up in an American ghetto, then working as a STEM teacher and social worker for underserved youth in the inner-city, trying to keep kids off drugs and out of gangs - many of them homeless, parentless, and immigrants.
This review goes into some of the more intense subjects dealt with in Neofeud, in particular, the abuse and separation of children from parents in non-white, poor, immigrant communities, and the complex situations that end in every day people doing horrible things to others. How people rationalize it, and how society, in particular the state and corporate powers that benefit from the abuse, cover up the ugly dystopian reality. Steamshovelers.cool
In addition, here's an interview I did with Eric Meyer of Indiegraze, going more in depth into my personal story and the making of Neofeud.
My interview with William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, and what it's like living within ten miles of the active volcano on Hawaii!
The future is unevenly distributed, but the author of Neuromancer et al. and godfather of cyberpunk has graciously fenced some atemporal sci-fi-continuum...
Neofeud is up for GOTY in the Adventure Game Studio Awards 2017, and voting closes in 7 days! Apparently it's a very, very close race, so don't forget...
Neofeud was nominated for Best Game, Best Writing,Best Music and Sound, Best Background / Character Art and several other categories in the AGS Awards...
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