#BlockLivesMatter, Now On Greenlight, Allows For Mass Destruction Of Pixels


Most of what appears on Steam’s “Greenlight” service falls through the cracks, but a recent addition to its ever-growing catalog of indie game hopefuls has gained a bit more attention than usual. Though the name is a play on the Twitter hashtag movement, the gameplay isn’t about blocking bridges or picketing shopping malls. Instead, the game is a fast-paced “puzzle shooter” that has you, a block of pixels, running through a retro-looking town blowing up other pixels as they march inexorably towards you. All the while, a news crawl below narrates your progress and revels in the destruction you cause:

    Introducing #BlockLivesMatter – a fast-paced, action-packed, first-of-a-kind, socially-aware, excessively-hyphenated, puzzle-shooter! Wreak havok as a crazed gun-block on the streets of New Block City as it’s citizens scramble to put an end to your crusade. Watch the media turn against you while simultaneously revelling in your destructive rampage. Unlock additional game modes that change the very nature of the game while perhaps making you question your preconceived notions of what it means to be a block person in New Block City (If you’ve had notions about that in the past, but probably not)! #BlockLivesMatter is not just a game, it’s a movement. And a hashtag. Join the discussion #BlockLivesMatter.

Besides the fact that it’s nice to see people are brave enough to joke about things such as this (And admittedly, it is quite hilarious), #BlockLivesMatter looks fairly decent for an indie title. Developer “Abandon Ship” seems to have a lot of faith in it, with their Greenlight page updated today with news on additions they are already working to implement:

    Thanks for all of the tremendous support for #BlockLivesMatter here on Steam. It really means a lot to us to hear the responses and see what you think, so please keep it coming! Tell us what you want to see in the game! Tell us what you don’t want to see! As an early access title, we want the community to have a big part in shaping the final product.
    Our main priorities going forward are:
  • Implementing more levels. We’re looking to make 10 – 15 new arenas, where many arenas will have new mechanics and features unique to that arena.
  • Local Co-Op multiplayer. A number of you have mentioned this, all of us on the team want it, and rest assured it’s in the works. We will continue to look into online multiplayer but at the bare minimum you will be able to play the game with your friends locally.
  • Additional weapons/powerups. We have a ton of great weapons and powerups that are in the works. Some that shooter fans are already familiar with – mines, grenades, mortars – and others that will be completely new to the genre and we can’t wait to show them.

You can join in the discussion on their Steampage or, if you prefer, through their hashtag.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. Maciej Miszczyk
    Maciej Miszczyk
    January 4, 2016 at 8:36 am

    ow the edge

  2. Ste V B
    Ste V B
    January 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Those blocks look quite edgy.

  3. Immahnoob
    January 4, 2016 at 8:46 am

    This’ll probably trigger some black people.

    It’s looking good though.

  4. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    January 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I will vote for this in the hopes it being greenlit pisses off some SJWs

  5. Fenrir7
    January 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Omg this is hilarious!!

  6. lucben999
    January 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This will trigger SJWs regardless of their melanin levels and the developer is probably counting on that to get exposure.

    The game itself looks like it could be a lot of fun, though I’m not a fan of the whole abstract minimalist approach to the graphics, here it feels like an excuse to be lazy rather than a proper art style, kinda like all those games that claim to be retro but just have crap graphics.

  7. Neojames82
    January 4, 2016 at 10:13 am

    This is going to be some bait for the fledgling “heroes” of the SJW/AGG crowd but as I have seen lately, their voices are steadily becoming irrelevant so I don’t think this game is going to have a problem getting through. I also love the irony of it because they are the same kind of people saying “GAMEZ NEED TO BE MOAR ARTZ AND POLITICS”. Well, this game kinda goes into that realm. But of course, if it is at odd even slightly with certain people’s political views it needs to be stopped.

    Anyway, good on these guys I hope they get it through on Greenlight.

  8. Nin
    January 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Meh, too topical for me.

    January 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I love the title of the game. Kudos to the developer for coming up with the name. This is just TOO funny. Can’t wait for those arm-chaired mercenaries/keyboard warriors (aka SJW’s) to get there panties in a twist over nothing. Again.

  10. Yayifications
    January 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What’s the blue block’s name, or is that not important?

  11. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    January 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I don’t typically play these types of things as i’m a story focused gamer but if this turns out to be good i’ll buy it

  12. Jish Gribban
    Jish Gribban
    January 4, 2016 at 11:55 am

    On Steam, developer blocks you

  13. sanic
    January 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    might be cool

  14. James Reilly
    James Reilly
    January 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    That block didn’t do nothin

  15. Urobolus
    January 4, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    What a cringe-worthy title holy shit. Like a neckbeard’s attempt at satire failing miserably.

  16. Obbliglol
    January 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hue, that’s a pretty good title. Good luck to ’em.

  17. Nagato
    January 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    As a black person, I can safely say my finger is already on the Right Trigger.

  18. scemar
    January 4, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    It’s worth the checking out the video because just reading about it wasn’t enough to quite get how odd the cubic movement is.
    Strategic use of every cube step, positioning and usage of the weapons might be the most important aspect gameplay wise, that is if you wanted to go serious at it.
    It looks interesting.

  19. Muten
    January 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I believe word puns are funny to most people, its fine.

  20. No_Good_Names_Ever
    January 4, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    No press is bad press.

  21. David Curry
    David Curry
    January 4, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    This is hilarious, It looks more like a satire of the past 5 years in America instead of targeting one issue directly.

  22. Slicer
    January 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Underrated post

  23. NuclearKangaroo
    January 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    oh dang i can see a shitstorm a brewin’

  24. NuclearKangaroo
    January 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    all 8 of them

  25. NuclearKangaroo
    January 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    i just hope that, after hatred and this, gaming doesnt devolve into 2 groups of people shit flinging at each other

    im obviously not agaisnt people making this game, but i fear we might be feeding the creation of a genre of games that exist exclusively to be crass and offensive with no regards to gameplay

    in short, i fear games might turn into piss christ, offensive and crass with little artistic merit

  26. tccboss
    January 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    The levels of “I can’t even.” Right now!!

  27. Yayifications
    January 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I should also add you can play this game right now from the developer’s website. It’s pretty fun for what it is and gets pretty hectic and feels like a shmup eventually.

  28. João Manuel Gomes
    João Manuel Gomes
    January 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Trump/Blue Block 2016: #MakeSJWsPissTheirPantsAgain!

  29. Maciej Miszczyk
    Maciej Miszczyk
    January 5, 2016 at 7:35 am

    actually 12

  30. Bill_Cipher
    January 5, 2016 at 11:48 am


  31. NuclearKangaroo
    January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    well those vertices are pretty edgy too

  32. WEL
    January 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    block of color

  33. Visci
    January 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Nothing says that your game is great like blatantly trying to stir controversy. After all, we all know how awesome Hatred turned out to be.

    Everyone who’ll buy this game because it’s pissing SJWs off (and let’s face it, that’s the only thing it has going for it) is just as bad as SJWs who buy games (?) like Gone Home or Cibelle because they’re “progressive”.

  34. buddyluv324
    January 15, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I know this is a late response, but if im going by your logic, then we should all be just a guilty for just about every game in existence that SJWs considered “problematic.”