Jan 20
Community Announcements - Naysayer
There is a new beta up that will hopefully fix crashes and other misc problems that people have been having.

To try it, pick "newbeta" from the betas tab. Then (for good measure) right-click on Braid, to a Delete Local Content, and install the new version.

Please let me know if this version works for you! If it does not cause any major problems I would like to move it to the main branch.
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Mew-Genics, the cat-breeding-based follow-up to Super Meat Boy, has been in development for almost a year and half – that’s almost a decade in cat years. Too long, too long! We’ll all be crawling under the nearest chest-of-drawers to die soon. At least we finally> have some in-game footage to look at, even if it does take the form of an animated GIF. But given cats and GIFs are the bedrock of the internet, it is only appropriate.

Warning: cartoon cats shagging below. No feline winkies on show, though. (more…)

Dec 25, 2013
Community Announcements - Naysayer
Changed package format. (May reduce crashes on startup.)
Dec 25, 2013
Community Announcements - Naysayer
The beta has been updated. Fixes since the last beta include:

Mouse handling robustness improved; mouse drift on puzzle screen should be gone.
More-robust selection of fullscreen display modes. Fall back to windowed mode if a fullscreen mode cannot be found.
In windowed mode, the window can be resized.
(Note: -width and -height arguments will not currently affect fullscreen mode; they only affect windowed mode).
Hopefully runs on Windows XP again (not yet tested locally, but if someone out there could try it, that would be great).
Dec 25, 2013
Community Announcements - Naysayer
The new update solved some problems for some people, but apparently it created new problems for other people. So I am rolling back the main version of Braid to the old one until all problems are solved.

Among the problems introduced in the new update:

* The game no longer worked on Windows XP (this was caused by the updating of the game to the new Visual Studio 2013 compiler; Visual Studio now breaks XP compatibility by default).
* The mouse got stuck on the puzzle screen for some players, making puzzles unplayable.
* The game sometimes cannot find a good display mode for some players, whereas it found one before.

I apologize for the inconvenience. It's very hard to know what a Windows game is going to do when released to a large number of people, these days. Developing for Windows now is basically a giant disaster (Windows has become very complicated). The strategy with new versions going forward will be to minimize the amount of Windows functionality that they rely on for the game to be playable (for example, the next release will no longer attempt to go into a fullscreen display mode; it will just render to an offscreen buffer and then stretchblit that to a fullscreen window). Also, I'll test the next update much more thoroughly before releasing it as the main version.

The new update is still live on the beta branch and the password has been taken off the beta branch to make it easy for everyone to get at. New updates will be published on the beta branch until such time as they are determined to be working very well.

Expected features for next update:

* Fix XP compatibility for new version
* Render 'fullscreen' without attempting to switch display modes
* Change the way the game interfaces with the mouse, to minimize problems

Thanks for your patience and again I apologize for any inconvenience.

If the old version of the game doesn't work for you, you might want to try the beta in the meantime and see if that works better.

Dec 24, 2013
Community Announcements - Naysayer
People are wondering about the update; so far it is some bug fixes for Windows:

Fixed: Mouse creep on puzzle screens on some systems.
Fixed: December savegames said (null) instead of the month name.
Fixed: Crash due to out-of-bounds access when loading shaders, sometimes.
Took out "How to Play" menu, renamed Help & Options to be just Options.
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Jonathan Blow, the outspoken developer behind indie hit Braid and upcoming puzzle game The Witness, has posted a pair of pictures hinting that virtual reality support may be coming to the Myst-alike. The images feature the unmistakable double-vision familiar from every Oculus Rift game demo, and as pointed out by an eagle-eyed commenter on Blow s site, the images are titled VR1 and VR2.



For all of the excitement around the Oculus Rift, including John Carmack s recent full-time devotion to the project, programming Rift support into games is still fairly rare. According to Road to VR, barely two dozen games have been developed with in-house Rift support.Luckily for VR enthusiasts, third-party drivers have added support to dozens more including Skyrim, Arma 2 and Mirror s Edge.



Getting to explore the lush island of The Witness with built-in VR support will be a treat, but there is a snag in this fantasy: The Witness will hit the PS4 before it comes to PC, and Sony is rumored to be launching a VR headset for its console. Still, once the work of building to VR headsets has been done, it should translate easily.
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