Evening Reading: 2010 IGF Voting Complete

I spent most of this holiday Monday playing and judging the finalist games in the IGF main competition. When you have some time I highly recommend checking out the nominees. A number of them have free demos, some also have paid full versions that aren't particularly expensive, and at the very least you will find videos of the game in action.

Indie games get more exposure now than ever before but they're really something you need to experience. Whether a conventional design, such as the popular run of indie platformers of late, or something more abstract, the small -- at times one-person -- teams putting the games together put you as the player as close to the designer as possible. When they work the result is an unrivaled sense of pure connection with the game.

We figured on a fairly quiet day today but there were a few goings-on:

From The Chatty
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    February 15, 2010 6:02 PM

    Anyone else have sinus issues. I got surgery and thought it would all be better, but I still get sinusitis all the time.

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      February 15, 2010 6:03 PM

      Yeah, I've got a sinus infection right now. I'm gonna go see a doctor tomorrow.

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        February 15, 2010 6:06 PM

        I got a constant one upon moving to Texas and I read somewhere that this is not uncommon. They have me on Flonase and some antihistamine. Wonder what's up with that.

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          February 15, 2010 6:51 PM

          i used to get one or two a year when i lived in california, arizona, and north carolina. i havent had any since i moved to texas, but maybe it has to do with being older rather than where i am.

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      February 15, 2010 6:05 PM

      when I was 19 I had deviated septum surgery and had polyps removed. all that happened was I ended up with a crooked nose. I have polyps again and sinusitis. :(

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      February 15, 2010 6:08 PM

      I can usually only breathe through one nostril at a time. What's wrong with me?

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      February 15, 2010 6:17 PM

      After seeing tons of patients with persistent symptoms after sinus surgery (especially antrectomy), I really advocate a full court press medical therapy before surgery!

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      February 15, 2010 6:20 PM

      Yup, I just had another sinus infection last week. Now the doctors have me on (free) daily Claritin and Nasonex.

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        February 15, 2010 9:25 PM

        I think I need antibiotics, but don't have the $40 bucks to pay for a dr visit and then the prescription.

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      February 15, 2010 6:42 PM

      Same here. Took today off because mine were hurting so bad. Feels better now after doing a few sinus rinses, but it's still bothering me.

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        February 15, 2010 9:20 PM

        Yeah, I need to start rinsing again. I hate doing it before bed, though because it drains down my throat.

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      February 15, 2010 9:22 PM

      I wish my nose wouldn't swell up all the time, but that's about as bad as mine get :|

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      February 15, 2010 9:25 PM

      Neti Pot and Pot

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      February 15, 2010 9:27 PM

      yes

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      February 15, 2010 9:49 PM

      the man who figures out what the real underlying problem is here will make billions

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      February 15, 2010 9:49 PM

      Yeah, ever since I broke my nose as a kid

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      February 15, 2010 9:49 PM

      be careful with nasal sprays. i got a bit hooked on the vicks sinex nasal spray last summer and the rebound was fucking horrific.

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        February 15, 2010 9:51 PM

        Right, I'm trying to stay away from that route. I got a bunch of free Nasonex once and had a hell of a time trying to live without them.

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        February 15, 2010 10:07 PM

        How so?

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          February 15, 2010 10:16 PM

          He ended up in an Indianapolis hotel room in a stewardess dress.

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      February 15, 2010 9:52 PM

      I used to, but haven't had a real one for a good while now. Maybe because I have a scorched earth poicy when I start getting stuffed up. Nasal spray, decongestant, some water up the nose.

      I've found Claritin-D (the real stuff) works wonders for congestion or nasal inflammation.

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        February 15, 2010 10:12 PM

        The D stands for Diarrhea though, which is a shitty side effect >:( zing!

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          February 15, 2010 10:13 PM

          It does? Interesting. Though I think I'd notice if it was happening..

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