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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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Stanley’s Papers: IGF 2014 Finalists Revealed

By Alec Meer on January 7th, 2014.

I'm pretty sure that's rightr

It’s all been a bit Massively Mainstream Games About Aliens today, so it’s something of a relief to instead turn my gaze to some of the indie highlights of the last and upcoming year. Though that said, the finalists list – the finalistlist – for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival is, while awash with truly splendid games, somewhat short on surprises, which may add fuel to the fires of those who consider the competition to not quite be what it could. Existent huge successes Papers, Please and The Stanley Parable dominate, with Don’t Starve also snagging multiple nods, as does the sadly mobile-only Device 6. Take a look, see if you feel you’re being exposed to new stuff or just reminded of what you already know is ace.
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IGF 2014 Entrants Listed, Let You Punch Custard

By Graham Smith on October 25th, 2013.

One of Bosch's walking-bum-free lesser works.

If you’re a journalist, the Independent Games Festival entrants being announced is like Christmas. This year there are 658 submissions to the competition and normally at least two-thirds are on PC. That means there are likely 400 indie games relevant to me in there, waiting to be explored. What undiscovered gems lie within?

I’m already finding strange curios, like this custard-punching game.
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IGF Winners: The Habitual Voyeur Of What Is Known As…

By Alec Meer on March 28th, 2013.

….Cart Life, which scooped up an an impressive triple-whammy of Nuovo Award, Excellence in Narrative and the coveted Seamus McNally Grand Prize at last night’s Independent Games Festival 2013 awards. The warmest of all congratulations to Richard Hofmeier, whose affecting, brave game is well overdue for this kind of attention.
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The Generation Game: 7 Grand Steps Demo

By Adam Smith on January 8th, 2013.

It is said that games nominated in the IGF competition immediately become ghosts, haunting the memories of journalists and the creaky attics of Twitter, but without any true corporeal form. This year’s list is less spooky than most because many of the nominees are available right now and others are just around the corner. Enter 7 Grand Steps, the new game from Mousechief, of Dangerous High School Girls fame. The game received a nomination in the Nuovo category and, having spent a few December nights absorbed in it, I reckon it richly deserves its place. A demo is now available, so you can download that and then agree with me. It’s a game about family, legends and traversing history. Video below.

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Tomorrow’s World: IGF Finalists 2013 Announced

By Alec Meer on January 7th, 2013.

FISH

Another year means another independent games festival (the 15th one, in fact), and now we know which games are in contention for gongs, bags of money and internet outrages.

Is your favourite in there? Probably not, because you’re a very naughty person.
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Valve To Offer IGF Finalists Steam Distribution

By Adam Smith on December 6th, 2012.

It’s too late in the day for anything but an explanatory headline. I was going to go with ‘Steam Punk’ because ‘indie development = punk’ but then I realised that was utter nonsense so I decided not to. Here is the news, straight from the IGF organisers: “All IGF Main Competition finalists for this year’s event will receive the opportunity to accept a distribution agreement for Steam.” The IGF hasn’t made distribution agreements on behalf of developers though, with the final decision as to how the finalists reach the public still in the hands of the entrants. Instead, this route appears to be a means of avoiding arcane normal submission procedures or Greenlight.

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The Competition: The Story Behind The IGF’s Critics

By Brendan Caldwell on March 7th, 2012.


“There’s no plans to bring Fez out on any other platforms?” I ask Phil Fish, as he finishes off his sandwich. He chews and I mutter an inward prayer. Oh Gods, let him say PC. “We’re not even thinking about it right now,” he says. “I mean, ultimately, I would like to see it on everything. Why not? But we do have exclusivity with Microsoft, as you do – you find it’s really hard to not do that.”

The Gods are useless. Never pray.
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Beaming: FTL Is The Star Trek Game I’ve Always Wanted

By Craig Pearson on February 28th, 2012.

FTL FTW
Every fantasy you’ve ever had to reroute power to the shields exists in FTL. I know because I just pulled power from the sick-bay to boost my shields while I attempted to flee a hostile enemy scout. If you don’t have those fantasies yet, then soon it’ll be all you can think about. FTL’s random, rogue-like space-faring nastiness just got me into an unwinnable fight against an unmanned scout ship: if I destroyed it, it would automatically send out a distress signal to inform the rest fleet that I’d just Captain Mal-led him. So instead of going for a death blow, I had to stoke the shields and retaliate by hitting their weapons, keeping us both alive while my FTL drives powered up. No-one was hurt so far; the sick-bay was expendable. Recuperation would have to happen post-battle.
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IGF Factor 2012: Storyteller

By Alec Meer on February 15th, 2012.

Today in our series of interviews with (almost) all the finalists in this year’s Independent Games Festival, it’s the turn of DIY narrative-building game Storyteller, from the creator of lovely curios Today I Die and I Wish I Were The Moon. Storyteller is nominated for the Nuovo award. Here, Ludomancy’s Daniel Benmergui talks Argentine game dev, how Storyteller creates a unique comic based upon your in-game decisions, and answers the most important question of all.
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IGF Factor 2012: At A Distance

By Alec Meer on February 14th, 2012.

Terry ‘VVVVVV’ Cavanagh’s ultra-minimalist, abstract first-person co-op puzzler At A Distance is nominated for the Nuovo award at this year’s Independent Games Festival. As part of our seemingly infinite series in which we chat to (almost) all the finalists, Terry talks about the concept behind the game, what he’d like to see win at the IGF this year, his disappointment that the Pirate Kart didn’t get a nod, and his answer to the most important question of all.
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IGF Factor 2012: Realm of the Mad God

By Alec Meer on February 13th, 2012.

Not him. Not him again. Anyone but him.

Today in our ongoing series of chats with (almost) all the PC/Mac-based Independent Games Festival 2012 finalists, it’s my personal nemesis, the micro-MMO/twin-stick shooter Realm of the Mad God – nominated for the Technical Excellence prize. Here, Wild Shadow Studios chat about their and its origins and future, getting away from boring MMO combat, and the most important question of all.
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IGF Factor 2012: Spelunky

By Alec Meer on February 10th, 2012.

That explosion would look so much nicer on PC, Derek

Next in our never-ending series talking to (almost) all the finalists at this year’s Independent Games Festival, it’s Derek Yu of the splendid randomly-generated cave exploring game Spelunky, which is up for the Technical Excellence, Excellence in Design and Seamus McNally Grand Prize gongs. Here, Derek chats about his origins, TIGSource, Aquaria, how he abandoned and then rejoined game development, the odds on whether we’ll see a PC version of the XBLA Spelunky remake, and his answer to the most important question of all.
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