2015 Mid-year Update

Hi again! I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2015 – time really does fly when you’re having fun! Here’s a quick re-cap of the year so far…

After releasing our Belize dive site and Dr. Sylvia Earle diver at the end of 2014, we knew the hard work of getting the word out about the game was about to begin in the New Year. We started off with some great coverage of our company in the Des Moines Register and the Seattle Times, which helped build a little buzz for Infinite Scuba and led to some unexpected opportunities for us.

One of those highlights was a visit from our U.S. Representative, Suzan DelBene. What an honor to show her our game and talk about the challenges and rewards of creating a small business in Washington state!

Our schedule has been packed showing the game all over the place: GDC, iFest, Power of Play, E3, MIX, and numerous schools in Washington state and Iowa. We are now prepping for PAX and hard at work on our next dive site (Pacific Northwest) and our Steam build, as well as evaluating several strategic partnerships that combine video games and education. (Exciting!!)

Starting on World Ocean’s Day (8 June), we’ve also had fun posting short videos that feature our partners on our YouTube channel. For example, here are videos we created for Waterproof and Body Glove.

You can now like/share/follow us at these locations:
* Our website: www.infinitescuba.com
* Twitter: @infinitescuba and @cascadegf
* Facebook: https://www.facebook…cadeGameFoundry
* YouTube channel: CGFVIDEOSTREAM

Please help us get the word out by telling your friends about us – many thanks!

Whew. Add all that to the unseasonably warm weather in Seattle… we’re hot! :)

The Infinite Scuba team at Cascade Game Foundry

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Three new divers released!

Devi, Hana, and Lulu - our new divers!

Devi, Hana, and Lulu – our new divers!

To continue the celebration of Women’s History Month, we proudly release three new divers! To see them in action, please check out our new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R11EPXkMtoQ

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Our new divers in Body Glove Time Warp Surf Rider Bikinis

The new divers are included in the base game – if you buy the game, they are automatically included. If you already have the game, they will appear after you download the latest update.

Audience Participation Opportunity!!

Our new divers, Devi, Hana, and Lulu, do not yet have stories – would you like to help us write them? They all admire renowned oceanographer and environmentalist Dr. Sylvia Earle, our featured diver and real-life role model. Here is Dr. Earle’s bio:

Meet Her Deepness. Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is a legendary oceanographer, founder of Mission Blue, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, TIME Magazine Hero for the Planet, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Woman of the Year, and subject of the award-winning documentary, Mission Blue.

Impressive, huh? Her long bio is here: http://mission-blue.org/about/

To submit a bio for one of our new divers, you can tweet short versions:

  • Devi: @infinitescuba #DeviStory
  • Hana: @infinitescuba #HanaStory
  • Lulu: @infinitescuba #LuluStory

Or send longer versions in email to info@cascadegamefoundry.com

Happy Diving!

kathie & the Infinite Scuba team at Cascade Game Foundry

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Today’s release of our new Sylvia Earle avatar and Belize dive site caps a busy year!

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Water, water everywhere… really!

First off, our apologies for the long gap in updates – it’s been a completely crazed few months since our Infinite Scuba update went live in November. It has been great to see excitement for the game build, slowly and steadily, since that time. We *knew* our tribe – those who would enjoy a relaxing, educational plunge into the ocean – was out there somewhere! The response from divers, environmentalists, educators, kids, parents, grandparents, and others searching for a unique, non-violent game experience has been wonderful.

It has especially been a privilege to meet so many of you in person at Power of Play, Game Connection, GDC, and the Scuba & H20 Adventure show, as well as the many schools, clubs, and other events where we’ve shown the game recently. Next up is iFest in Seattle on 3 May – we hope to meet more of you there!

So, what else is new?

  • Infinite Scuba was a finalist in the Game Connection Selected Projects 2014 competition last month in San Francisco. That show was amazing – a diverse international crowd who loved the game. So many follow-ups!
  • Our new dive site (a beauty in Belize selected by our esteemed partner Dr. Sylvia Earle) should be ready for beta in May. Please send mail (via Contact) if you would like to be a beta tester.
  • We are working with a European publisher (formal announcement coming soon) who is releasing the game (in a box!) in Europe this spring.
  • We are the first indie developer to be invited to join the PC Gaming Alliance – we are super excited about the opportunity to work with this visionary group!
  • We have a cool new trailer video on youtube and vimeo.
  • We got a video review that says we’re “gleefully rudderless” – YEAH!!
  • We tweet now, so please follow us: @InfiniteScuba and @CascadeGF
  • We are exploring a number of other exciting partnerships and projects that came up during Game Connection and GDC. As soon as we can share more news, we will!

When we started this project long ago, we decided that the sea turtle, or ‘honu’, would make a fitting totem for our team. The honu represents long life, good luck, humility, and peace. Perfect.

Many thanks to everyone who has believed in us as we pursue our dream to enable people to explore the ocean (and the rest of the world) from home! Slow and steady…

The CGF Team

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Our latest game update is LIVE!   21 Nov 2013

The super-cool new version of the game that we debuted at DEMA is now available to the public! If you already have the game, the next time you try to play, you will be directed to www.infinitescuba.com. Please log into the website and go to My Account to download the new version, which kicks off a new era for us. You will be able to post the photos you take on your dives (and the postcards you create) on Facebook and you will be able to purchase new dive gear to customize your diver avatar. Our first featured partner is SCUBAPRO® – check out the new wetsuit, fins, mask, etc. from them in the Gear Chooser.

If you purchased the game, you automatically have 500 clams to spend on the new gear. We will introduce new gear from other manufacturers every few weeks, and a new dive site in February 2014! If you run out of clams, you can always buy more on our website.

If you don’t have the game, what are you waiting for? It’s beautiful, fun, relaxing, and you might actually learn something to boot. :)

BTW, the DEMA show was amazing! Please see our “Big Splash at DEMA 2013″ blog post on the Infinite Scuba website for the details: https://www.infinitescuba.com/news/blog

Providing a moment of Zen in an otherwise frantic digital world…

The CGF Team

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The holidays are just around the corner… 4 Nov 2013

We are off to the annual dive industry-only show (DEMA 2013) in Orlando 6-9 November with a sparkly new build of Infinite Scuba® that includes lots more gear, an early cut of a new dive site selected by Dr. Sylvia Earle, and assorted other improvements and user-requested features. More details when we do an official announcement later this month. Or, if you work in the diving industry, please drop by DEMA’s booth (#1267), where we will be showing off the game all week.

We are also debuting our Limited Edition Infinite Scuba Gift Cards, which have beautiful art and scratch-off codes that can be redeemed on our website. They make great stocking stuffers! Originally, we weren’t planning to do any physical distribution, but we have received so many requests from people who want to carry the game, we decided to give it a whirl, but in as eco-friendly a way as possible. Bubble Below dive shop in Woodinville WA is the first shop to carry the cards, in case any of you are in the Seattle area.

Other cool stuff…

  • A demo version of the game is part of the Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium. This aquarium is in Atlanta and gets about 5M visitors/year, so this is fantastic exposure.
  • Two schools are using the game in the classroom this year: a high-school in Marin County CA is using the game in their Marine Biology class, and a K-12 girls’ school in Austin is using the game as part of their DeSTEMber program. We are excited to work with more teachers and schools as we begin our educational outreach.
  • Infinite Scuba®  also got its registered trademark this fall. All grown up! :)

More news soon! The game is available for the Windows and Mac platforms at www.infinitescuba.com

Providing a moment of Zen in an otherwise frantic digital world…

The CGF Team

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Come out to play! – 1 June 2013

Infinite Scuba™ is now available for purchase for the Windows and Mac platforms! Please go to www.infinitescuba.com for more info and to download the game.

Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!

This weekend, June 1-2, we will be showing the game at the Gear Up Expo in Everett WA WA. We’ll be in booth 202, right inside the arena entrance, with our awesome friends from Bubbles Below.

Providing a moment of Zen in an otherwise frantic digital world…

The CGF Team

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Dive In! – 18 April 2013

Infinite Scuba™ is now available for purchase for the Windows and Mac platforms! Please go to www.infinitescuba.com for more info and to download the game.

Last month’s launch of Infinite Scuba™ has lead to an exciting new chapter for us! If you have contacted us, THANK YOU!! We’re getting loads of great referrals and opportunities, and we’re struggling to reply to everyone quickly, so we appreciate your patience.

We are especially glad to hear that you’re having fun with the game! Please tell your friends. :) If you have any issues with the game, we like to hear about those, too, as we’re creating new equipment, activities, and dive sites for release later this spring and throughout the year.

It’s incredibly encouraging to learn that there’s an audience for our off-beat game. Creating a reality-based, educational, non-violent, *fun* game is veering off into fairly uncharted territory, but what an adventure! Now we tackle the new challenge to get more people find out about the game… please help us if you can.

Tonight, April 18, we will be showing the game at the Beer For A Cause benefit for Full Life Care. A rare opportunity to safely drink and dive.

This weekend, April 20-21, we will be showing the game at the Dive & Travel Expo in Tacoma WA. We’ll be in booth 403, with our friends from Bubbles Below.

Providing a moment of Zen in an otherwise frantic digital world…

The CGF Team

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