This year there is an amazing group of games nominated for awards at the 16th annual Independent Games Festival. The IGF awards are perhaps the most prestigious in the games industry with past winners of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize including World of Goo, Minecraft and FLT: Faster than Light.
When you see games like Kerbal Space Program and The Yawhg appear as honourable mentions for the Grand Prize, you know there are some big hitters in the running. This year we see the following titles head up the list for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize:
The Stanley Parable
Dominique Pamplemouss in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
A dark night, a delivery to be made and a gas station with no power dominating the scene. It all leaves me very little to go on as Kentucky Route Zero’s first act opens. I knew it was a point and click, I knew it was an indie marvel of some caliber but nothing prepared me for just how weird my next few hours were going to become.
Or just how pretty this game looks when in motion. …
The competition finalists for the 15th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards have been revealed with a group of stellar names appearing across all the categories, especially the Grand Prize. Award winners will be announced March 27th during the Game Developers Conference, all the games up for awards will be playable during GDC on the showfloor and will also appear during the Independent Games Summit taking place in the days before the GDC kicks off. …
Justin Ma and Matthew Davis, creators of the unique space-roguelike Faster Than Light, have become the most recent developers to benefit from the monumentally successful Kickstarter project. After opening to public support yesterday, the developers have already shattered their modest $10,000 dollar target in little over a day, standing at $34,000 dollars at time of writing.
Somehow, I haven’t yet played Dear Esther even though it is possibly one of the best game mods to have been released in recent year. What started out life as a mod for the Source engine has evolved into being just a few weeks away from a full independent release through Steam while also being nominated for four awards at this years IGF awards including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. The price of the game has been confirmed at a very reasonable £6.99/$9.99. You can also find the latest trailer after the jump. …
The finalists for the 14th Annual Independent Games Festival awards have been revealed, and there is a wide range of exciting games up for nomination, including Dear Esther, Spelunky and Gunpoint. The full list of nominees can be found after the jump. …
It is that time of the year again where the list of entries to the IGF Main Competition are revealed for all and sundry to see. This year there has been 391 entries, a rise of 30% from last year which was in turn a 35% jump on the previous year. …
Alec Holowka is the co-developer of the Seumas McNally winning Aquaria, lead designer of the newly formed Infinite Ammo and contributor of music to various games including Crayon Physics Deluxe. He’s one of the judges for this year’s IGF awards, and so fits rather nicely into our little feature on the whole shabang. He’s currently developing Heroes and Villains for the iPhone, and then there’s the currently shrouded in intrigue and mystery Marion, a game that features a puppet with her strings cut. Interested, much? Read on to find out what we found out. Or something.
Edmund McMillen has become a bit of a poster boy for what it means to be an indie developer. He’s constantly producing games (and I really mean constantly) of a high caliber and a thoughtful content. They’ve been pushed towards the ‘art’ side of the indie scene, but they still remain very fun. In Aether you can launch yourself into the heavens by way of monster tongue, after all.