The Winnitron site and forums have been dormant for a while now, but the idea of rebooting the project has still been rattling around in our heads for a number of years and I believe there’s no time like the present to start!
The Bit Collective as it was in Winnipeg has dispersed around the country, with Alec and Noel living at Indie House in Vancouver, Joel and Tom working at Complex games in Winnipeg, Kert Gartner’s original Winnitron trailers propelling him into making game trailers and vids as a job, and myself moving to Halifax and also making game trailers as a freelancer. So we’re really quite busy!
To my delight, there’s an awesome indie community here in Halifax and I met a couple of awesome game developers at the Halifax Game Collective, specifically Allan Lavell and Ben Swinden, who were already making a Winnitron lovingly dubbed the Halifaxmachine 5005. We launched it this last Feburary along with Allan’s 4-player game SpaceRace which is now available on the current Winnitron launcher.
Since then, the Halifaxmachine crew have been scheming to reboot the Winnitron with the blessing of the Bit Collective, refresh the launcher and make it easier for Winnitron owners to manage their own games locally as well as have access to awesome Winnitron exclusives. After a few false starts, we’ve decided instead of thinking too big right off the bat, we’ll take it slow, grow the community, release a solid local-focused launcher, and then start thinking REAL big if this reboot takes off. Winnitron Network 2.0 anyone?
For more information, check out the forum post with our plan, and check out the teaser site at the future home for the Winnitron where you can sign up for updates and beta access to the new launcher when it’s ready.