Just a handful of days after we received word of the IGF 2012 Main Competition finalists, we now know who will be representing the cream of the crop in the Student Showcase. Eight titles this time around have picked up $500 each for their selection, with both some new and familiar names vying for the $3,000 grand prize.
After what seems like forever, we finally get a look at the finalists for the 14th annual Independent Games Festival. The juries have announced their picks for all the categories and they include some games that have already received several awards so far as well as some newcomers.
Can’t say I’m too surprised by this, considering that Wolfram von Funck’s (aka Wollay) game Cube World has been lighting the internets (yes the ‘s’ is there on purpose) on fire for the last few days. We’ve been quite happy with what we’ve seen as well in it as well as we’ve monitored the game’s growth over the last 6 or so months.
Since its inception the Xbox Live Indie Games program has been very limiting for many developers. Not only is it code restricted and very difficult to market, but also there were physical size limits for games thus forcing any ambitious developers to reign in their plans a bit should they get too large. Today that changes…
SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, has been a constant threat to the freedom of the internet for a good while now. In a way, it’s this year’s or season’s Net Neutrality because, if it passes, it will give the government sweeping powers to block sites. Obviously the focus would be on torrent sites, but I think the government fails to realize that torrents are actually a great alternative to direct downloading for legitimate goods as well.
The Pirate Kart was one of the more interesting ideas/games we saw crop up in the IGF’s official entries last year. The idea was simple: create a bunch of games in a 48 hour timeline and then release them to the world in one big package. It caught our attention almost immediately and many of the developers chimed in on our comments to talk about their individual games.
2012 is such a sci-fi sounding year, isn’t it? Makes it all the more disappointing that I don’t have a flying car. Or one made in the past 15 years for that matter, but I digress. Not every great indie game on Steam made it into the 13 days of daily roundups – here’s the last few ‘encore’ daily deals, and a roundup of a few personal picks that you should strongly consider picking up before the sale ends tomorrow.
Well this is quite interesting indeed! Not a few days after PEGI rated Fez for release in Europe, we stumble across Spelunky as being rated as well! The game, which is a more graphically enhanced version of Derek Yu’s PC Spelunky (along with other features I believe) has been in development for what has seemed like ages so, now that it has been rated, we should surely rejoice in the fact that it will be released soon, as with Fez, right?
And here we are. Thirteen days later, probably weighed down with a few more games and a few dollars lighter. It’s been really heartening to see tiny indie productions sitting in the top 5 sellers on Steam alongside mega-budget giants these past few weeks. It’s good to see PC gaming going back to it’s roots, at least in part. I guess there really is room for innovation in both design and business model, and this sale has been ample proof. Here’s the last of the indie lineups. Time to put your chips down on the last Steam bargains of 2011.
Just one more day after this. Tomorrow, the last batch of festive achievements and daily deals will roll into play, followed by a ‘best of’ compilation of final day deals on January 1st. Between indie bundles and the Steam autumn/winter sales, this has been a rather noteworthy season for the PC games industry. Despite the grand push by the console giants to make $60 (or €70 – closer to $90 for European types) the new base price for gaming , the repeated and proud success stories of those willing to drop prices and bring in a wider audience tell us a greater truth; Gaming has vast markets yet untapped. Here’s today’s notable indie tappings: