You may have already seen Monday’s announcement of the forty-eight submissions received by the Experimental Gameplay Project in response to their recent competition. The task, set back in December, was to design a game to be played in its entirety using only five buttons – no more, no less. Well, results have followed and thirteen lucky finalists are now guaranteed to have their games played through – and judged – at the imminent Stattmedia Game Contest at the Stattbad Gallery in Berlin on 17th February. Ten more runners up have also been given the honor on the condition that they make minor changes to fit in with the contest criteria.
I guess this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but IGN has once again fired up its reality web series “The Next Game Boss” where they pit six indie development teams against each other in order to win a coveted spot in the IGN Open House along with $10,000 amongst other things. I’m still not sure how I feel about the show, but I’m sure it’s mostly all in good fun.
Great news for the duo who created the amazing (I’m assuming) documentary Indie Game: The Movie as they have officially been recognized by the Sundance film festival for “Best Editing.” While I think most of us always knew that the movie was going to be great, we obviously have a much different perspective than many others in the nation. This kind of news is huge for everybody out there who is an aspiring game developer.
If you hadn’t noticed, there are plenty of places on the web today that have “gone dark” in protest to the upcoming and constantly debated legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. Both are attempting to circumvent basic freedoms granted by the Internet and censor Americans (like me!) from sites the government or big interests deem not appropriate or “illegal.” It’s this year’s Net Neutrality.
Good ol’ Notch! He is certainly a swell guy. Seriously, he does a lot of really good things for the indie community, specifically in Sweden. However, he’s also a man with an opinion on piracy and one who is entitled to an opinion given his status in the gaming world and what he’s created thus far.
So file this one under questionable “indie” considering the levity of both games these days, but I thought it had something most of us would enjoy anyway and, after all, I still consider Mojang to be independent at the very least.