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Fez wins IGF 2012 Grand Prize

Fez wins IGF 2012 Grand Prize

The movers and shakers of the indie scene came together at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last night for the 2012 Independent Games Festival awards ceremony, where prizes aplenty were handed out to this year's winners and future stars.

Polytron's eternally in-development puzzle-platformer Fez lifted the Grand Prize and $30,000, four years after it won an IGF award for Excellence In Visual Art. Other notable winners include Dear Esther, Frozen Synapse, and Spelunky.

Read more: All the night's winners »

"Oh, yeah, well.. that's less 'ok' I guess. I didn't know about that."
- Gwyndion    See all 22 comments


Indie Jeff's Weekly Pick: Gunpoint

Indie Jeff's Weekly Pick: Gunpoint

This past week, I've been playing the IGF 2012 build of a game that fans of tactical action-based espionage should have every reason to be excited about. The game is called Gunpoint--developed by Tom Francis, John Roberts, and Fabian van Dommelen--and it has players take on the role of an incorrigible, trench-coated spy-for-hire who plies his trade by breaking into office buildings and stealing coveted data for his employers.

Read more: Electrical espionage »

"Love the sound effects, especially when the doors kill the cops."
- Demon4231    See all 5 comments


IGF 2012 Student Competition winners unveiled

IGF 2012 Student Competition winners unveiled

While these games are competing for the 2012 Independent Games Festival's Main Competition, the IGF awarded Student Showcase competitors today. Selected from two-hundred ninety-five separate game entries, eight winners have been crowned victorious.

Read more: And the winners are... »

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IGF 2012 Main Competition finalists announced

IGF 2012 Main Competition finalists announced

The finalists for the 14th annual Independent Games Festival's Main Competition have been announced, highlighting some of the greatest indie games to come out in the past year. Indie game fans might notice a couple of familiar titles like the oft-nominated platforming adventure Fez (by Polytron) and Alexander Bruce's mind-melting first person puzzler, Antichamber. That said, the IGF juries have selected a number of less-exposed titles that are well-deserving of some recognition.

Read more: Stiff competition »

"kind of weird that most of the games under "Technical Excellence" are retro lo-fi games"
- spiderfill    See all 6 comments


Indie Jeff's Weekly Pick: Home

Indie Jeff's Weekly Pick: Home

Effectively conveying horror through the medium of video games is a pretty tricky task. Most games rely much too heavily on cat-scares, or copious amounts of blood and gore; tactics which are akin to building a cake entirely out of frosting. Games like Home by Benjamin Rivers, on the other hand, take a much more psychologically-driven approach where dramatic tension, disturbing mysteries, and the player's own imagination are leveraged to create atmosphere more so than typically cheap scares.

Read more: Home alone »

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'XBLA Prize' added to IGF accolades

'XBLA Prize' added to IGF accolades

The annual Independent Games Festival has entered into a multi-year partnership with Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade publishing team, which will see a new "XBLA Prize" added to the IGF roster of prizes.

Winners of the 2012 IGF awards will be announced at the 2012 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 7.

Read more: What's included? »

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Subversion on hold, Introversion working on new game

Subversion on hold, Introversion working on new game

Darwinia and DEFCON developer Introversion announced today that its crime caper Subversion is now on hold, as the English indie has a whole new game in the works. The mysterious new project has been submitted to the 2012 Independent Games Festival, so it's surely already playable in some form, at least.

Read more: 'We had lost our way' »

"Wow nice! A developer who realizes the game isn't fun or good and halts it."
- VegasX    See all 13 comments


IGF 2012 submissions now open

IGF 2012 submissions now open

Submissions for the 2012 Independent Games Festival are now open! For those who need a refresher, IGF is the indie-focused competition featured at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco for the past thirteen years, with awards doled out in a ceremony directly preceding the Game Developers Choice awards.

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"The games last year were pretty damn cool, Symon and Journey. Hope this year's are even ..."
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