Posts Tagged ‘IGF Factor 2014’

IGF Factor 2014: Don’t Starve

By Adam Smith on March 24th, 2014.

The 2014 IGF Awards have finished and the winners have been announced, but we still have insights to share. Before reading on, you should relive John’s liveblogging of the IGF Awards ceremony so that you can see if Klei’s Jamie Cheng left the event happy. Don’t Starve received a nomination for the Grand Prize but Cheng was backing a different game – a game that he describes as ‘a masterpiece.

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IGF Factor 2014: Crypt Of The Necrodancer

By Alec Meer on March 21st, 2014.

Er. We didn’t entirely plan that well, did we? The IGF Awards have been and gone, but our series of interviews with the finalists in the 2014 version of the world’s premier indie competition continue. Moonwalking excitedly up to the plinth this time is Brace Yourself’s appealingly mad roguelike/rhythm action mash-up, Crypt of the Necrodancer . Read on for how to play the bally thing, if people without rhythm can cope, lead dev Ryan Clark’s take on the bastardisation of the term ‘roguelike’ and the importance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller to the whole endeavour.
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IGF Factor 2014: Dominique Pamplemousse

By John Walker on March 20th, 2014.

Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!” is a stop motion animated musical detective adventure game about gender. “Another one,” you wail, and yet it’s nominated for thousands of IGF awards, including Narrative, Audio, Nuovo and the Grand Prize. Today’s IGF Factor sits down with the game’s writing, programming, musicing creator, Deirdra Kiai, to pick over the creation of the game.
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IGF Factor 2014: Michael Brough’s 868-HACK and Corrypt

By Alec Meer on March 19th, 2014.

Next in our series of firesideless chats with the developers of PC games nominated for an award at this year’s Independent Games Festival, it’s Michael ‘Smestorp’ Brough talking about his signature, haunting ‘glitch’ style, why he will continue to resist convention, his mixed feelings about the nomination and which of his two nominated games, Corrypt and 868-HACK, he’s most interested in.
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IGF Factor 2014 – Save The Date

By Alec Meer on March 18th, 2014.

I’m somewhat glad this interview with Chris Cornell of Paper Dino, creators of multiple choice romance/fatality adventure Save The Date, is happening remotely. Frankly, if we were doing it over drinks or lunch, I’d fear for my life. If you’ve yet to play Save The Date a) you should, because it’s funny, thoughtful and surprising, and free and b) the preceding sentence will make a lot more sense if you do.

Save The Date’s nominated for the Nuovo award at this year’s Independent Games Festival. Here, I talk to Cornell about burgers, breaking the fourth wall, player habits and the IGF.
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IGF Factor 2014 – Towerfall: Ascension

By Graham Smith on March 17th, 2014.

Horace is larger than all game characters.

The IGF Factor 2014 rumbles on. Today’s homing arrow of investigation makes Matt Thorson its victim. When this interview was conducted, the creator of Towerfall: Ascension was days away from releasing the game on PC and the interviewer had not yet discovered how good it was. What insight might fall out?
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IGF Factor 2014: Jazzpunk

By Adam Smith on March 13th, 2014.

Today’s investigation into the hopes and dreams of the IGF Award finalists takes us deep into the cold war caper of Jazzpunk. We settled onto a whoopee cushion and called Luis Hernandez (graphics/sound) and Jess Brouse (programmer/animator) to discuss comedy, lounge music and pizza.

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IGF Factor 2014: Samorost3

By Alec Meer on March 12th, 2014.

Just as night follows day, just as dog follows rabbit, just as Shia LeBeouf follows Daniel Clowes from a safe distance, a nomination for the latest game from Amanita will, it seems, always follow the announcement of another Independent Games Festival. This year, the makers of Botanicula and Machinarium are taking their charmingly odd, experimental puzzle-adventure Samorost3 to the show, where it’s nominated for Excellence In Visual Art and Excellence in Audio. This is their fourth game to bag a nomination – will it join its three predecessors in winning a prize?

We shall see. In the meantime, let’s have a chat with Amanita’s lead Jakub Dvorský about how Samorost 3 is and isn’t like its much-loved forerunners, the role sound plays in their games, and their status as veterans of the much-changed indie landscape.

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IGF Factor 2014: Gorogoa

By John Walker on March 11th, 2014.

In today’s stop-and-search inspection of the IGF Award finalists, we grab Jason Roberts – creator of Gorogoa – out of the line, fling him against the wall, and pat him down for answers. Gorogoa is the spellbinding story in which four windows can be rearranged to create new pathways, which is essentially magic.

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IGF Factor 2014: The Stanley Parable

By John Walker on March 10th, 2014.

As we continue our way through the interviews with the PC-focused finalists in this year’s IGF Awards, we will of course have to include some barely known, minority interest games. So it is today, as we talk to the creators of something called “The Stanley Parable”. Probably raising awareness about the dangers of knives, I imagine. Sounds overly worthy.

We spoke to creator Davey Wreden and his cohort William Pugh, about their little project.

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IGF Factor 2014: Paralect

By Graham Smith on March 7th, 2014.

This drawing will make more sense when we reach games with prominent characters.

Every second year, the RPS hivemind startles awake from its eternal slumber. “Hrmm? Oh, we should talk to all the people making PC games who are nominated for this year’s IGF.” And then we do that. And now we’re doing that. Today we speak to the makers of Paralect, a free, austere, monochrome platformer in which you “spatially explore the monologues of NPCs.”

RPS: Can you begin by introducing Paralect: what is it? Explain it to me as you would a friend you want to convince you’re not crazy.
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IGF Factor 2014: Luxuria Superbia

By Graham Smith on March 6th, 2014.

An endless bear in an endless... Oh my.

Every second year, the RPS hivemind startles awake from its eternal slumber. “Hrmm? Oh, we should talk to all the people making PC games who are nominated for this year’s IGF.” And then we do that. And now we’re doing that. First up, the similarly hivemind-ish team from Tale of Tales, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn. They’re nominated this year for Luxuria Superbia, a “simple game of touch, pleasure and joy made for fingers”, in which you glide through a tunnel and make its walls explode with flowers and marine imagery.
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