Nitrogen tool promises social networking for games

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Greenhouse Interactive on Monday introduced Nitrogen, a new Software Development Kit (SDK) aimed at game developers. The software enables developers to incorporate “social networking” characteristics into their games.

Nitrogen provides a framework for incorporating into games elements like “Triumphs” and “Standings,” so players can compare and contrast their skills and their in-game achievements with others online. Developers can reward players for their in-game accomplishments and then display them for other users of games incorporating Nitrogen technology. Nitrogen works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.

The first game to use Nitrogen will be released on Wednesday: It’s Hothead Games’ “Penny Arcade Adventures: on the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two.” It’s the second installment of an episodic game series featuring characters, situations, animation and stories from the creators of Penny Arcade, a popular webcomic that focuses on gaming and gamer culture. Penny Arcade Adventures is a graphical adventure game featuring turn-based combat.

Greenhouse Interactive is a digital distribution service founded in April, 2008 by Hothead Games and Penny Arcade. It’s focused on providing a way for independent game developers to distribute their games to gamers online.

Greenhouse advises developers interested in more information about the Nitrogen SDK to contact business development manager Gregan Dunn.

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