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IndieGames.com is presented by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, which runs the Independent Games Festival & Summit every year at Game Developers Conference. The company (producer of the Game Developers Conference series, Gamasutra.com and Game Developer magazine) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

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The five reasons freemium sucks (according to QWOP's developer)

March 30, 2013 1:36 PM | Staff

bennettfoddysmall.jpgDesigner Bennett Foddy of QWOP and GIRP fame counts five major reasons why the free to play model doesn't work well in its current incarnation, but suggests that by being creative with microtransactions, designers have the chance to do better work.

1. They're pay not to play, really. Foddy believes lots of freemium games give players the choice between paying or grinding -- "which suggests you might want to pay money to reduce the amount of time you spend playing the game," he notes. "Not playing the game is the 'luxury option'... [and] ultimately reduces the value players see in the game."

2. There's no level playing field. If some players are playing with different rules and others, you can't meaningfully compare their experiences. "If somebody is buying progress, or advantages from the IAP store, they're just cheating," Foddy says. "It's like you're selling players steroids to cheat with."

3. It corrupts the experience. Seeking real money from players during the gameplay breaks immersion, Foddy believes. "In my view, a really good game has a particular relationship with the player," he says. "In a freemium game, it's relating to you more as a vendor, or a drug dealer."

IGF winner Hofmeier pays it forward for Porpentine's Howling Dogs

March 29, 2013 3:00 PM | Staff

howlingdogs.jpgRichard Hofmeier's Cart Life earned multiple awards at this year's Independent Games Festival, including the grand prize. But at Cart Life's booth on the IGF pavilion today, the game on show was Porpentine's Howling Dogs -- Cart Life's own marquee had been spraypainted over, and attendees who came to the booth looking for the game saw Porpentine's haunting interactive fiction instead.

The architect of the change-up was Hofmeier himself, who last night accepted awards by saying anyone could replace him. He tells Gamasutra he'd thought about displaying Howling Dogs even before the awards, having decided that if he won he'd use the opportunity to promote an indie he loves: "It felt like Cart Life had overstayed its welcome already... I wanted people to see this game," he says.

Built in Twine and assisted by Porpentine's own digital artwork, Howling Dogs is an abstract, often surreal experience centralized on the concept of confinement; even though it's a text game, it feels spatial and non-linear, as the player must repeat certain conventions of self-maintenance. These behaviors -- eating and drinking, sleeping, bathing -- surround the player's primary occupation, which is to engage with visions and memories from an unexplained machine.

IGF 2013 winners led by Cart Life and FTL: Faster Than Light

March 27, 2013 10:35 PM | John Polson

cart life small.jpgCart Life, Richard Hofmeier's realistic, sometimes heart-breaking game about food cart workers trying to achieve their dreams, earned the Seumas McNally Award for Best Independent Game and its associated $30,000 cash prize this evening at the 15th Annual Independent Games Festival, hosted by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

In addition to winning the Grand Prize, Cart Life also won the Best Narrative Award and the Nuovo Award for abstract and unconventional games, an impressive sweep for a sometimes deliberately obtuse title that was relatively underappreciated before the IGF Awards season.

The other IGF multi-award winner for the evening was acclaimed space strategy title FTL: Faster Than Light by Subset Games. FTL was helped to prominence by an IGF China nomination early in its development and was honored with both the Excellence in Design Award and the Audience Award.

Other IGF award recipients for 2013 include Tomorrow Corporation's quirky title about burning objects in an 'entertainment fireplace,' Little Inferno, which won the Technical Excellence Award. Surreal magical realist adventure game Kentucky Route Zero by Cardboard Computer won the Excellence in Visual Art award for its beautifully designed environments, and Jeppe Carlsen's beat-based platformer 140 won the Excellence in Audio Award.

Finally, the Best Student Game was awarded to the third-person, high-speed skating game that celebrates Twitter and cell phone culture, Zineth, by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, picked from another strong set of student game finalists.

All finalists and winners for this year's competition are playable at the Game Developers Conference at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC Expo Floor in San Francisco's Moscone Center through Friday, March 29.

The IGF awarded the following games as winners of its 15th Annual Awards:

Indies question whether journalists should be our game curators

March 26, 2013 2:01 PM | Staff

terry.jpg"Ultimately, journalists are interested in an interesting story more than an interesting work." - Independent developer Terry Cavanagh explains why he organized four fellow devs together to form Free Indie Games a year ago, a blog that, very simply, spotlights games that its editors find interesting.

"We need curators," he said at a GDC talk on Monday. And those curators, he says, need to be fellow game developers.

His words came as an introduction to a discussion about several games that he and fellow Free Indie Games editor Porpentine shared with an audience at the Independent Game Summit.

He raises an interesting point: As the barriers to entry diminish and as games become something that almost anybody can make, are general interest journalists the best filters for curating and sharing diverse content that might have a limited audience appeal?

"I'd say that it isn't that women and queers and people of color aren't making games," said Porpentine. "It is that they are not being covered sufficiently."

[Frank Cifaldi wrote this article originally for sister site Gamasutra]

Road to the IGF: Michael Lee on mindful xp

March 24, 2013 4:00 PM | John Polson

As part of our Road to the IGF series, Gamasutra is speaking to each of the student finalists in the 2013 Independent Games Festival to find out the story behind the games.

Today, we speak to Carnegie Mellon student Michael Lee about his team's project, mindful xp, a collection of rapidly prototyped games with meaningful mechanics. Lee discusses the challenges of working in such a tight window and summarizes the types of experiments that were and were not well suited to such rapid prototyping.

Dwarf Fortress: A game that will live forever?

March 24, 2013 12:00 PM | Staff

dwarf fortress.pngby Craig Ellsworth

So I've been thinking a bit recently about Dwarf Fortress, and one unique quality (of many) of the game is that it is a lifelong endeavor for the Adams brothers, and therefore a lifelong endeavor for the fans.

Tarn Adams has stated that it'll be at least twenty years before it's finished, and it's already been released for six years--and was being worked on for four years before its first release, making it a thirty year run before it's even considered complete.

I don't think there is any videogame that has that kind of staying power.  Sure, we recognize the classics for their historical value, and maybe we still get a little fun out of them, but really, how often are you going to play Galaga, when you could play any number of modern shmups?

Yet Dwarf Fortress isn't intended to be overshadowed by newer, more evolved games in its genre, partly because it's in a genre of its own, and partly because it's a never ending game.

Even twenty years from now, assuming that there is still technology to play it, the popularity of Dwarf Fortress will reach its apex at its final release (and perhaps even then Tarn would technically call it the 1.0 release, and might continue working on it), and it's legacy will be more than a historical curiosity.  People won't play Dwarf Fortress for a quick thrill like you might dust off the old Pac-Man machine; I expect they'll be playing it as fervently as ever, spending months perfecting their fortress, only to have it destroyed by some night creature invasion they weren't prepared for.

Road to the IGF: ATUM

March 23, 2013 4:00 PM | John Polson

As part of our Road to the IGF series, sister site Gamasutra is speaking to each of the student finalists in the 2013 Independent Games Festival to find out the story behind the games.

Today, we speak to NHTV Breda (Netherlands) student designers Marta Clavero Jimenez and Thomas Buijtenweg, who jointly discuss their attempt to "break the fourth wall" in their game inside a game, ATUM. The two also share how they tackled managing ideas of 17 developers, especially when conflicting designs were introduced.

ATUM is a curious name. Could you tell me about it?

The name of the game, ATUM, is an Egyptian deity that, together with the scarab Khepri, is responsible for the cyclical process of sunrise and sunset. Together with the books scattered around the room, which are all stories related to the idea of eternal recurrence, and some of the objects containing images of symbols that also insinuate this concept, we wanted to put a lot of emphasis on this idea.

The intimacy of sound: Robin Arnott's mysterious SoundSelf

March 23, 2013 12:00 PM | Staff

soundself small 2.jpgFor many, the creation of games can be a way to share important personal experiences with others. That's part of Robin Arnott's goal with SoundSelf: The project aims to create a sonic and visual experience using the player's own voice, leading to a mind-body experience where the senses don't feel separate.

Hum or chant to SoundSelf and it responds, a fascinating experiment in creating not an intellectual gaming experience, but a physical one.

Arnott, a thoughtful, warmly effusive person, has come to games through a personal journey, and his work in the games space expresses that, leading up to the complex, Kickstarter-funded SoundSelf, for which a public prototype is currently available.

He previously did the sound design for Antichamber, and gained acclaim for the unnerving Deep Sea, an auditory, sensory-deprivation experience where the player's own breath control is paramount to the experience.

He began as a film student at NYU, and found himself quickly growing disenfranchised with what he describes as an "economy of favors" in that space where ego, self-worth and social capital felt like poisonous currency. "At the time I may have fit in [there] well, but as I became more empathetic... and somebody who wanted to do more good, I think I became conscious of it."

Road to the IGF: The Fullbright Company's Gone Home

March 22, 2013 10:01 PM | Staff

The Fullbright Company's Gone Home has earned an Excellence in Narrative nomination in the Independent Games Festival -- storytelling through first-person exploration is its primary mechanic, reflecting the team's heritage in environmental narrative in the AAA space.

You play as the older sister of troubled teen Sam, returned to your family's new homestead after a trip abroad to find the house empty, and must piece together what's happening by exploring the clues in the big suburban home, including Sam's diaries, letters and cassettes.

Continuing our series of Road to the IGF interviews with nominees, we talk to the Fullbright Company's Steve Gaynor about building a character the team hopes is unique and nuanced enough that learning her story is motivation enough to interact with the world.

What happened to PlayStation Mobile?

March 22, 2013 6:04 PM | Staff

ps mobile small.jpgWhen PlayStation Mobile launched late last year, I truly had high hopes for the platform. Six months on, and it seems like my optimism may have been misguided.

The PS Mobile platform allows indie developers to sell their games via the PlayStation Store with relative ease. Once a studio or individual has registered and paid $99 per year for a publisher license, they can then release as many games as they want, as long as they keep to the relatively lax service guidelines.

It's without a doubt one of the easiest avenue for indie developers to launch a game on a "proper" video game console alongside Microsoft's own Xbox Live Indie Games, and those studios involved in the launch back in October were also pretty positive about what the system offered.

I've been covering PS Mobile over on Pocket Gamer since its inception, and each week has seen a new release or two ever since launch. It's been but a trickle, sure, but for a new platform it's been a great start. The coverage for PS Mobile on the official PlayStation blog has been great too, with each new title getting its own "Spotlight" post, and every new release rounded up in the weekly releases lists.

That was up until mid-January anyway. All of a sudden the regular posts about PS Mobile games on the PS Blog stopped, and PS Mobile was no longer mentioned in the weekly roundups. In fact, the only way to find out which new games had been added to the PS Mobile store was to boot your PS Vita up and hit the "Recent" tab.

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Dwarf Fortress: A game that will live forever?
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-March 4, 2013 3:10 PM

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-February 26, 2013 9:00 PM

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A Developer Love Letter to Spelunky
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Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
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Bastion's argument for doing away with cross-platform development
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The Secret to Spider's Success: New Forms of Collaboration
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