To: Gaming Press - “You Have Failed This City”

I am not a fan of the current press system that has taken hold of the gaming (or any) industry.  It is ugly, suffocating and broken.


"The press ultimately won’t matter. They were founded during a time where there wasn’t immediate and direct connection with everyone to one another. They were an instrument used to connect users to products. 

We are in a time where anyone can connect anything and so their use is expiring. The same is true for any press industry, you will see it in the News, Hollywood gossip - all of them. 

Why would people care to read what someone is writing about Jonah Hill when they can just go follow him directly and possibly even interact with him? 

These industries will go the same direction as the Blockbusters and Best Buys. Their time is over and their methods are outdated.”
- David Prassel 

The biggest problem is that there are massive corporations: the IGN’s, Game Informer’s, PC Gamer’s, Gawker Media.  They work for extreme amounts of revenue, employ hundreds to thousands of staff and because of this, they must drive up hits whether its through articles or reviews.

This has a negative connotation associated to it and is very similar to a problem that currently plagues massive AAA game development companies.  

It has become all about a number based on a grading system that was developed when games were shipped on cartridges and residential internet didn’t exist. Even worse that a “conglomerate” of these corporations becomes a deciding factor on people’s jobs and well-being due to Metacritic and Publishers having used (and still using it) as a basis for what developer survives and what doesn’t.  

You haven’t a clue as to what they will write as the same person from the same publication will say one thing and then do a 180 and say the complete opposite later on like these boys:




Over the course of 2010 - 2014 I had emailed the press thousands of times to include them on the happenings of Spiral Game Studios and it’s first but evolving title ORION: Dino Beatdown(/Horde/Prelude).  


This typically offered no responses from them, other than charming  responses like this from Owen Good (previously of Kotaku, now Polygon):


In 2012 there was a string of insane rumors about me that many press outlets (Kotaku, Eurogamer, etc) published without a single ounce of evidence against me.  We work with PayPal, Task Sheets, Invoices, Integration documents (NDA, CA agreements) AKA a wide variety or proof if anyone really had any.  Instead they just used quotes from people claiming whatever it is that they wanted.  These rumors included:

  • That I stole all the Kickstarter money and ran.
  • That I fired the entire team, or most of it.
  • That I stole content from games (which weren’t even released)
  • That I hadn’t paid employees for work 

The only thing true was that I did fire a handful of developers around GDC 2011.  This group was fired for very serious reasons, including but not limited to theft of money and hardware.  Given they are willing to steal it’s not a far stretch to see that they would also smear the names of the people that prevented them from getting what they wanted.  They started the smear campaign against not only me but the entire team who actually was doing great work.

In the end I run a business and part of my job is ensuring the right people are employed and that they are doing the right things.  When they aren’t, they are gone.

We have been here for the last 4 years working every day, interacting with the community and improving and supporting the game.  Our fans know this and that is all that matters.

This and why you are seeing some amazing talent leaving these companies to form smaller publications and other collaborative efforts.  In regards to the users, they are more involving, more interactive and feature a wider variety of engaging content.  


  • Lose the number variable game scores.
  • Be willing to revisit titles in this new digital, constantly connected and updated age.  Support developers that support their audience.
    (I suggest once a year)
  • I suggest a Leslie Knope style Pro/Con list.  
    (Benefits both the consumer and Developer by offering direct and organized feedback.)
  • Discuss content you’d like to see added to encourage more post-release support and less rush-to-the-next-game mentality.
  • Have more than one person on staff give their opinions / reviews.  A corporation consists of many individuals and one voice shouldn’t speak for all.  Make it a discussion.

I know that I am not the only one bored of the fat-hat press corporations that constantly blabber about Madden, Call of Duty and Battlefield.  There has been an incredible and steady rise of independent YouTube content creators and Video game Bloggers who are churning out amazing and unbiased content in the form of Let’s Plays and Hands On’s.  

But who is even better than these guys?  The actual gamer.  The gamer has to do a sacrificial act, a financial investment / risk. They have much more to lose than a company or press element, who receives free product keys and churns through many like its their job (because it is).  

If we impress the actual gamers who play the game - that is all that matters. They are our audience.  
You are the reason we are still here and have given us the opportunity to create the experience we had always wanted to deliver.  Because of this we have worked for you the best we could over these last couple of years and will continue to do so for the years to come.

I’ve given out many press codes over the years, all of which are copies that have or will upgrade into ORION: Prelude once activated.

Considering we hardly have any reviews created for our title (especially since 2012) I suspect many of these were never activated and I was trying to find the best use for them.  

So they are for YOU, the gamers out there who haven’t yet had an opportunity to experience the game or possibly someone who already has and will give it to a friend.  We will be handing out just over 1,000 codes!

We all truly hope you enjoy the game and look forward to seeing you on the dinosaur hunting grounds!

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[METALEATER] - In-Depth Analysis of GamersGate

[THE RALPH REPORT] - The Worst Critic In Gaming

[THE RALPH REPORT] - GamerGate Exposes Leigh Alexander (Part 2)

[INTERNET ARISTOCRAT] - Quinnspiracy Theory: The Five Guys Saga

Do you know of other interesting articles on the same subject?  Please post them below and we will do our best to update this post.

If you would like to contact us, send an E-mail here

TREK Industries Is Hiring!

TREK Industries is now hiring for paid positions. If you’d love to work with Dinosaurs, Jetpacks and Mechs this is it!

  • Type: Remote / Freelancer.
  • Paid: Yes (via PayPal).
  • Engine(s): Unreal Engine 3, Unreal Engine 4

You will be working on our first full-fledged game title as TREK Industries and it will be within the Orion universe.  This will be a next-generation game built on new technology utilizing brand new content and a fresh new code base.  


  1. Graphic Designer / Web Developer
  2. Technical Artist (Engine - Integration, Tools, etc)
  3. 3D Artist (Environments)
  4. 3D Artist (Characters/Creatures)
  5. 3D Artist (Store Items)
  6. User Interface Developer
  7. Level Designer
  8. SFX Artist
  9. VFX Artist

If interested, please forward the following:

  1. Cover Letter & Resume
  2. Portfolio / Examples


My Reddit Giveaway Was Deleted | So Here It Is

(Update #3: 8/31/2014 @ 9:50 AM US Central): All 10,000 codes for the ORION: Prelude Free Steam Copy Giveaway have been released!  Thank you so much for your support and we hope that everyone who has wanted a copy was able to grab a copy.  If you didn’t do not worry!  We have many other events planned including SteamGifts and Woobox thanks to the recommendations made by the community!  Happy hunting!

(Update #2: 8/30/2014 @ 4:35 PM US Central):
Thank you for all of your support!  We promised that if you brought the Spiral Facebook page to 10k likes that we would match those likes with keys.  You kept your end of the deal and now we are keeping ours.  Enjoy an additional 5,000 keys for the Reddit ORION: Prelude Steam Code Giveaway!

(Update: 8/27/2014 @ 6:30 PM US Central):
Reception has been so well that we are going to increase the giveaway from 1,000 copies to 5,000 copies for our friends at Reddit.  In fact, if the support continues and you get our Spiral Facebook page to 10,000 likes we will bump that number to 10,000 copies for the giveaway.  Thank you so much!  Happy hunting!

Just been informed that I am shadow banned from ALL of Reddit. I was trying to do a giveaway of 1,000 free copies of ORION: Prelude on Steam and followed all of the rules.  However, I was quickly informed that no one could see the content and that it was removed.  So I contacted an Admin and received this response:

from (admin) via /r/pcmasterrace/ sent 4 minutes ago
"so the post looks fine by our rules but…you’re shaddowbanned from reddit which means the admins have banned your account from all of reddit. maybe due to advertisement? we’re not sure what the ban is for. You’ll need to message the admins of /r/"

I contacted the admins of /r/ but haven’t heard back - so fuck it.  I am doing it here and I hope you guys spread the word of that to Reddit for me.  This is for all of you awesome people who have supported us and allowed us the opportunity to shape the game we had always wanted to deliver.  Thank you so much!  #PCMasterRace


We are so excited to announce that ORION: Prelude is officially released and finally available for less than $1 USD on Steam! We have worked very hard to get here and very much hope that you enjoy it.

We are currently having a Free Week event on Steam that allows everyone to try ORION: Prelude 100% risk free. If they love what they play they can buy it and keep it forever for less than $1.

We are also rewarding all original owners of Dino Beatdown / Dino Horde (AKA purchases made between May 4, 2012 - August 24, 2014) a free upgrade to ORION: Prelude and $20.00 USD worth of in-game credit to be used in the Game Store via the TREK Founder program.

More details about this program are located here:

We are also giving away 1,000 Steam copies of ORION: Prelude right here for you PC-elites! We are going to be doing it over the course of this Steam Week event and it will be in increments of 100 to give everyone the fairest possible chance.

If you haven’t yet tried it we hope you do and if you already own it share it with a friend! Please reply if you grab a code to let others know which one so they don’t have to try every single one.

ORION: Prelude | Steam Product Key Giveaway (FOR REDDIT!)



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(Updated 8/27/2014 @ 5:55PM US Central):

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901 - 1,000

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 7:02 AM US Central):

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(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 8:42 AM US Central):

1,101 - 1,200 

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 10:48 AM US Central):

1,201 - 1,300

1,301 - 1,400

1,401 - 1,500 

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 11:30 AM US Central):

1,501 - 1,700

1,701 - 1,900

1,901 - 2,000

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 12:40 PM US Central):

2,001 - 2,100

2,101 - 2,200

2,201 - 2,300

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 5:32 PM US Central):

2,301 - 2,400

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 5:55 PM US Central):

2,401 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,600

(Updated 8/28/2014 @ 6:10 PM US Central):

2,601 - 2,700

2,701 - 2,800

2,801 - 2,900

2,901 - 3,000

(Updated 8/29/2014 @ 7:17 AM US Central):

3,001 - 3,100

3,101 - 3,200

3,201 - 3,300

(Updated 8/29/2014 @ 2:15 PM US Central):

3,301 - 3,400

3,401 - 3,500

3,501 - 3,600

3,601 - 3,700

3,701 - 3,800

3,801 - 3,900

3,901 - 4,000

(Updated 8/29/2014 @ 4:05 PM US Central):

4,001 - 4,100

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4,101 - 4,200

4,201 - 4,300

4,301 - 4,400

4,401 - 4,500

4,501 - 4,600

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(Updated 8/30/2014 @ 1:00 PM US Central):

5,001 - 5,100

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5,201 - 5,300

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5,401 - 5,500

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5,901 - 6,000

(Updated 8/30/2014 @ 4:30 PM US Central):

6,001 - 6,100

6,101 - 6,200

6,201 - 6,300

6,301 - 6,400

6,401 - 6,500

6,501 - 6,600

6,601 - 6,700

6,701 - 6,800

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6,901 - 7,000

(Updated 8/30/2014 @ 8:00 PM US Central):

7,001 - 7,100

7,101 - 7,200

7,201 - 7,300

7,301 - 7,400

7,401 - 7,500

7,501 - 7,600

7,601 - 7,700

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7,801 - 7,900

7,901 - 8,000

(Updated 8/31/2014 @ 9:15 AM US Central):

8,001 - 8,100

8,101 - 8,200

8,201 - 8,300

8,301 - 8,400

8,401 - 8,500

8,501 - 8,600

8,601 - 8,700

8,701 - 8,800

8,801 - 8,900

8,901 - 9,000

(Updated 8/31/2014 @ 9:45 AM US Central) *FINAL*

9,001 - 9,100

9,101 - 9,200

9,201 - 9,300

9,301 - 9,400

9,401 - 9,500

9,501 - 9,600

9,601 - 9,700

9,701 - 9,800

9,801 - 9,900

9,901 - 10,000

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We are so excited to announce that ORION: Prelude is officially released and finally available for less than $1 USD on Steam


This is a free upgrade for all existing owners of ORION: Dino Horde (AKA purchases made before or on August 24, 2014).  

For any new buyers (August 25 and onward) it will only cost you $1.00!  More details about the Founder Program here.






  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Gameplay
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 15 Game Modes
  • 50+ Weapons & Gear
  • 30 Augmentations (Mutators)
  • 20+ Multiplayer Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • Full Weather System
  • Persistence & Player Progression (150 Levels)
  • Class-Based Gameplay & Player Loadouts
  • Statistics & Leaderboards
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking & Server Browser
  • Player Store (Cosmetics)
  • Rewards & Unlockables
  • Real-time Dynamic Day/Night Cycles
  • 10 Dinosaurs (All Playable)
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • 12 Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Big Picture Mode Support
  • Bots & Offline Play
  • Tutorial System
  • SDK & Steam Workshop (Custom Maps)







We will be resurrecting our Play With Developers event.  Details below:

  • Day: Sunday
  • Time: 1:00pm US Central
  • Modes: VITAL, CTF, King of the Hill, Elimination, Team Duel.


To apply, send an email to with a team of five to enlist.  First match starts THIS Sunday (August 31, 2014).


We are currently accepting private testers for the upcoming SDK / Steam Workshop release.  

  • To enlist please go here.





"This is the best game ever" - TJ Quarles

"Best transformation of a game I’ve ever seen" - THE HUNTER

"A combination of Star Wars, Unreal Tournament and Jurassic Park" - (AOAH) BUTTERFLY

"Halo + Turok + Killing Floor" - LIZARD

"You can fight a T-Rex in a Mech." - >F7> LAST DINOSAUR

"This game is awesome" - SPIDERGMAN

"$0.99c to shoot a Triceratops right in the face." - COSBYPRO

"This game is a diamond in the rough." - JUKSTEAN

"$0.99c is a steal!" - JARZOMBEX

"Paying $0.99c for a 160+ hours game." - JD 0W0

"One of the most fun games I’ve played  in 2014" - BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7

"Had to call my dotor because erection lasted longer than 4 hours." - TAKANASHI TIDDLES

"Made me hate Pterodactyls" - CEUBIE

"I ate my friend as a T-Rex" - MR PIBB

"Best Co-Op game ever made…
Yes, even better than Killing Floor.” - SMURF SLAYER

"Pure awesome entertainment… I am completely addicted." - SMURF SLAYER

"A welcome addition to the Co-Op club" - JONESR

"Awesome fusion of Jurassic Park, Halo and Killing Floor…
"The most fun I’ve had in a long time" - NINES THOUSAND

"Better than CoD and Battlefield combined…
Perfect blend of action and ridiculousness” - ROZZA THE MAD

"Can’t… Stop… Playing…
Vehicles with weapons, plenty of guns, different play styles and teamwork!” - TACKLEBERRY

"I have not had such fun in ages!" - TERMIN8RSMURF

"Killing Floor meets Halo meets Primal Carnage….
Absolute steal at $0.99c” - CURDLE_SANDERS

"Developers did an outstanding job on making a unique, fun game" |)(| MURDERCRON

"I have been blessed with the opportunity to shoot Dinosaurs in the crotch while driving Mech suits and Tanks" - SPOOPY GHOST

"I’ve wanted to fly around in a Jetpack and shoot a T-Rex in the face since I was five years old" - STAY PUFF

"I haven’t had this much fun since I was blowing up stuff on the demo range" - REDDAWG6

"I can’t think of a reason not to buy this game, especially for a buck" - HEARTFOXX

"Best $1 I’ve ever spent" - BRYJA

"Totally love it!  I’m already addicted" - KAYBI

"Tanks.  Lightsabers.  Dinosaurs.  12/10.  Would fossilize." - JAKE

"The vehicles are all awesome…
The whole game is loads of fun” - FARTING SOLIDS

"It’s the best game I’ve ever gotten on Steam for $0.99c…
It’s better than a lot of current FPS big name titles.” - FARTING SOLIDS

"Best Co-Op ever" - RON RAZERHYPER

"Greatest game ever" - WHIMSEY

"It’s like Halo: Reach mixed with Dinosaurs.  Highly recommend" - TALON

"It’s like Battlefield and Borderlands 2 had a Dino baby" - WALRUS

"The game is pure awesomeness" - SPLATINUM

"For some reason it is addictively fun" [LOC] ENERGYFX

"I wish I could play all day" - ILLIDAN967

"Get a few mates and it’s brilliant" - [CSLOP] T3H_GEZ

"Me and the bros were playing Survival for 10 hours" - BLUEBARRY CAT

"Unbelievable value for my money" - BLUEBARRY CAT

"It gives me so much pleasure" - SHREK

"Dude this game F8$@()^%$ rocks!" - DEMON HUNTER

"Very fun and challenging.  A+ game" - [PASTA] RALO

"The most graceful thing I have ever encountered" - RICHTER SCALE

"Just buy it… 
A shining light in an otherwise dark and glooming sea of poorly though out RPG’s, Shooters and MMO’s.” - ANDREW SCHOFIELD

"An instant classic" - FUNK

"This is Halo with Dinosaurs and it is AWESOME!" - LUX

"More fun and addictive than the shooter you are playing right now" - SLAUGHTER SKIN

"Like Halo only a hell of a lot better" - WAYNE

"The most fun I’ve had since Minecraft Alpha" - L0NELY

"Dinosaurs + Sci-Fi = EPIC!" - ADIB-KITHMAN

"An absolute blast" - JOE W. HARPER

"Drove a car into an alligator and blew up.  10/10" - GREEN212

"Like Skyrim with Dinosaurs" - JONY0000000

"Co-Op play is really fun" - TIRED_DAVID

"More fun than it has any right to be" - VELCROSASQUATCH

"Has the most variety of any Dinosaur game out there" - CHEATSCOM

"A worthy addition to any game library" - BALLSY

"The more I play it, the more I discover about it and enjoy it" - FISHERTON

"Nurtured and cared for with an obvious love and dedication" - FISHERTON

"Worthy every penny on sale or not" - ARMALITY

"It’s just fun, I don’t know how else to explain it" - SPARTAN212 “HUSKY”

"You have to work together with your teammates…
Almost like CS but you fight Dinos instead” - VIKING LARRY

"For the money, you simply can’t beat this game" - WHOA PONY

"Halo & Tribes together with Dinosaurs" - OMEGA CADBANE

"Like Killing Floor but with Dinosaurs and Vehicles" - SHREK THE MUSICAL

"Driving in a buggy being chased by a F*^%*#*$& T-Rex is pretty F*^%*#*$& epic.  9/10" - T|R SJOELBACK

"This is the best F*^%*#*$& game I ever did play" - FUNCLEM

"I enjoyed it very, very much" - THE CUBROCK

"Some insane, crazy fun" - ASH THE STAMPEDE

"Gameplay is extremely fun.  Highly recommend" - KANGUSMANGUS

"An action-packed thrill ride" - BUSHIDO BROWN

"Fun gameplay that keeps you engaged" - XXJOSHMOSSXX

"It implants Halo, Primal Carnage, Zombies and other games into one whole Dino action-packed epic game."

"I paid $3.99 for this game and it’s better than most of my $60 games" - =HS= CAP’N TRASH

"This game is insanely fun" - HANSOS92

"An epic game experience that’s never the same twice" - (AOAH) BUTTERFLY

"It’s really additive" - [BS]LORDHELMET

"The most fun multiplayer game I’ve played in a while" - IBEX

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