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You Are Democracy: IGF Audience Award

independent game developers fought for your right to vote

You there! You enjoy an independent game from time to time, don’t you? I can tell by the way you walk, chin forward, face to the front, heels to the rear. It’s the kind of sensible approach to ambulation that befits a voyager in the wilder realms of the land called Game. You’ll be pleased to hear that the voting for the IGF 2012 Audience Award is now open, meaning you can pop over to the site, download any entrant that has a publicly available build and then vote for your favourite. In the meantime you can also familiarise yourself with the main event finalists in this fine series of word-speaks.

All the links to the games are at the site so I’m going to point you toward everything we’ve written on each selection instead of to their actual websites. I hope that’s OK. If you only have time to play a few games, this might help you to choose, or you might play one and then read our opinions again and think, “heavens to Betsy, they were terribly mistaken!” That is fine too. Naturally, I’m only listing games that are being released on PC, the vast majority of which we have already covered.

Mind-melting Antichamber words are here.

A repository of knowledge regarding Terry Cavanagh’s At A Distance resides within this link.

Crushingly difficult doomsday simulation Atom Zombie Smasher has had quite a few thoughts lavished upon it. There they are.

Beautiful Botanicula has sprouted some lexical growth over yonder.

I bet we’ve written loads about spooky mod-no-more Dear Esther. Yes, we have.

The lyrics to a puzzling English Country Tune can be found here.

A great deal of love for Frozen Synapse has stopped mid-action here, waiting for your eyes to peruse it.

A post about GIRP is clinging to the rugged wall of Castle RPS in this location.

Infiltration and man-punching are detailed in this fine collection of words about Gunpoint.

Prom Night models ‘social physics’ and we’ve chatted with the developers. We think they liked us.

Exploration and music exist in harmony in Proteus’ tranquil landscapes. There are words here and here, because it used to be called Proteus EP to make my life slightly more difficult.

Realm of the Mad God was behind one of the doors of our Advent Calendar! That and plenty more here.

To The Moon was secreted inside our Advent Calendar as well! This is exciting and you can read all about the excitement here.

There’s a teensy bit about cooperative adventure WAY here. I’m sure we’ll write more once we’ve fiddled with it.

Finally, there’s Wonderputt, a crazy golf Flash game with a beautiful design. Have a gander.

Play, enjoy, vote.

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