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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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Who Needs Kickstarter? Prison Architect Devs Want Total Control

October 11, 2012 3:00 AM | Staff

prison architect long.jpgAt a time when Kickstarter is the way for developers to bypass publishers and pull in investments directly from fans, one indie studio has decided to cut out the middleman -- to great effect.

UK-based Introversion, best known for Uplink, Defcon, and Darwinia, recently launched a crowd-funding effort on its own website. It looks incredibly similar to Kickstarter, with the obvious bonus that there's no other company taking a chunk of the intake.

It appears that the more direct Kickstarter/Minecraft approach is working wonders for Prison Architect too -- as is notable from the sales figures image below, the game has made over $270,000 in two weeks, with nearly 8,000 sales total.

"Kickstarter is for getting projects off the ground, and we were already two years into Prison Architect's development so it just didn't sit well for us," explains Introversion co-founder Mark Morris.

"By doing it ourselves, we don't have to time limit the alpha, and we hope that we'll get more and more gamers interested as we progress and start releasing the updates."

One Week to Go for 2013 IGF's Main Competition Entries

October 11, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

IGF2013.jpgOrganizers are reminding that submissions for the 2013 Independent Games Festival Main Competition, which reveals winners at GDC 2013 in San Francisco next March, will close in just 7 days.

The longest-running and highest-profile independent video game festival, summit and showcase continues to accept entries to the 15th annual Festival, with deadlines in the Main and Student Showcase categories in one week (October 17th) and three weeks (October 31st) respectively, with finalists to be announced on January 2013.

Following over 850 entries to IGF 2012, the Festival has expanded each existing category to six finalists, all of which will be available in playable form at a larger, expanded IGF Pavilion on the GDC show floor, and will compete for nearly $60,000 in prizes.

These include the $5,000 Nuovo Award, honoring 'abstract, shortform, and unconventional' games, as well as the Excellence in Art, Audio, Design, Technology, Student Game and Audience Award prizes, each worth $3,000, and the crowning $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Notable former Independent Games Festival winners over the previous 15 years include Spelunky, Fez, Minecraft, Limbo, World of Goo, Braid, Castle Crashers, Everyday Shooter and many more of the game industry's breakthrough independent titles.

Gree Launches New Program to Support, Promote Indie Devs

October 9, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

GREEsmall.jpgIn an effort to expand its indie game catalog, social and mobile gaming giant Gree has just launched a brand new program that promises to help independent developers finish, promote, and launch their latest games.

The new "Indie of the Month" program is part of a larger indie support initiative, and starting this November, Gree will select one independent team per month, and offer QA, PR, and post-launch support to help them release an iOS or Android game on the Gree Platform.

"We recognize that developers are completely focused on game development and don't all have the resources or know-how for things like QA and PR. So the 'Indie of the Month' is an opportunity for us to complement their work with our help in those areas," said Eros Resmini, Gree's SVP of developer relations and marketing.

Each selected team will receive one-on-one support from Gree for four to six weeks, and when their project is complete, the developers will maintain full IP rights over their game.

The Benefits of Making Your Players Suffer (and Maybe Throw Up)

October 8, 2012 8:00 PM | Staff

qwopsmall.jpgBennett Foddy, creator of QWOP, GIRP, and CLOP among others, likes to play with his players, and he suggests that more of us should be doing the same.

At the top of his talk at IndieCade on Friday, he asserted, "I'm going to try to convince you to put more suffering in your games."

Learn a lesson from the Olympics, he says - it's all about the suffering. It's all about the pathos of second place.

"Nobody cries when they come second in a video game," he notes. "Nobody lays down and cries. Why not?"

In track and field video games, "The way that you run is to either hammer a button really fast, or waggle a joystick really fast," he says. "There's no joy in that, the joy is in the panic - in your friends watching you injure yourself as you hit the button."

"It's not just that games are easier - though they are," he says. "To me it's that games these days are more comfortable. There's less discomfort. My worry is not that games are getting too easy, because easy games can be wonderful. My worry is that games are getting too comfortable."

Ask IndieGames: 'Can too much interaction obstruct a game's intended message?'

October 6, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

game-player.jpgIndieGames' monthly series of having the editorial team tackle important issues in games continues. Reader Nicolau M. wrote in to us: "The other day, I was thinking about the fundamentals of a game. Personally, I think objective, rules, and interaction are the most noticeable ones. However, something I keep encountering on various games is an unbalance of interaction and story-telling.

"It's a pretty interesting relation, on one side you might want to express a specific story, or thought, on the other, you want to keep the game a very interactive (and as such, including) experience. And what I've seen sometimes is a restriction on things you can or can't do in a game in order to preserve the message. In other cases, however, I've seen too much interaction deviate from the intended message.

The question our team seeks to discuss becomes the following: Can too much interaction obstruct a game's intended message?

GDC 2013 Indie Games Summit Call for Submissions

September 29, 2012 12:00 AM | John Polson

gdc13.jpgThe 2013 Summits at the Game Developers Conference are now soliciting proposals from speakers with deep industry expertise and innovative ideas from particular emerging areas of the game industry.

The 2013 Independent Games Summit seeks to highlight the brightest and the best of indie development, with discussions ranging from game design philosophy, distribution, business, marketing, and much more. The summit advisors are soliciting the following topics for the 2013 program:

Indie Business - how to fund your project, ship a profitable game, manage teams, pick the right platform, and run a company without going insane
Promotion & Marketing - how to get noticed when the "Marketing Department" = you
Design and Philosophy - deep dive into design techniques, for example: rapid prototyping, limitations, and the future of indie
Case Studies and Postmortems - inspirational talks that demonstrate what worked, what didn't, what surprised you and made you wiser
Inspirational - stories from the fringe of development, of a new idea, person(s), or project that can surprise and inspire developers, both new and old.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM, EST on October 23, 2012. More details can be found here.

Doing Stealth the Monaco Way

September 28, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

Monaco long.jpgYou've heard of Monaco right? The game caused a huge stir in 2010 when it won the Grand Prize and the Excellence in Design award at the IGF, despite having only started life a couple of months before the competition's entry deadline.

Shortly afterwards, the game's developer Pocketwatch Games -- aka all-round nice guy Andy Schatz -- moved into the shadows to more privately concentrate on his stealth-based co-op title. Now, following successful public showings and the start of a closed beta period, Schatz is gearing up to show the world the fruits of his last few years of labor.

With so much experience working on a stealth game now under his belt, Schatz is more than happy to share his findings -- although the revelation that he has never played any of the Deus Ex games, nor any of the Metal Gears, will surely see him being burned at the video game stake.

"I've actually missed out on many of the games in the stealth canon," he admits, "but their influence permeates our industry. The question marks over the heads of the guards in Monaco clearly come from the genetic history of stealth games, even if I don't specifically recall being inspired by MGS."

Inside The Last Symphony's Harmonious Narrative Experiment

September 26, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

thelastsymphony5.jpgExperimenting with new genres and time constraints can yield surprising successes. Let's say you've only got eight weeks to try something completely new with storytelling -- what if you tried the hidden object genre?

Postdoctoral researcher Clara Fernandez Vara and her team were faced with the upcoming end of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab (the university will continue its own program called MIT Game Lab), and found themselves in just this circumstance. "I was trying to make a hidden object game where there was a narrative and there was a story -- without making it into an adventure game," she explains.

Combining an object-oriented game with a strong story element often ends up with something like an adventure game, since the logical conclusion is to develop purposes for the objects players find as part of a gameplay experience generally oriented around learning and clicking items in complicated scenery.

10 Indie Games to Sing Along with

September 21, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

As much as I love a good synthesized song, there's something special and seemingly rare about indie game music with lyrics. Thanks to the Internet, I've realized dozens of quality songs exist in indie games already. Some songs start at the title, others at the end credits, and some even in-game. To celebrate these songs, I have begun gathering them here.

First up is Beck's Cities (on Queasy Games' Sound Shapes). This PlayStation Network (Vita and PS3) game and song will make you MOVE a little, TURN a little, BREAK a little and even HURT a little. Hell, the stage itself sings along!

Kickstarter, Contests Bring FTL to Life

September 21, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

Since late last week, three simple letters have been floating around on Twitter as devs and gamers alike discover a new release on Steam that could very well be "the next big thing" in indie games.

FTL -- or Faster Than Light -- is a space-faring simulation in the same vein as the wonderful Weird Worlds, as players blast off with a custom crew, visiting randomly-generated planets and taking care of randomly-generate business.

The game hasn't exactly come out of nowhere. In 2011, it was a finalist at IGF China, and in 2012 it earned honorable mentions in two categories at the IGF -- including for the Grand Prize. Then, earlier this year, the game popped up on Kickstarter and promptly destroyed its funding goal, earning just over $200,000 in pledges.

Now, since the game released on Steam last week, it has constantly stayed in the top 10 best selling games on the service. This is a game on a mission, and the buzz it's receiving is infectious.

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'We knew we were kind of making a deal with the devil'
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Austin Wintory Interview: The Gentleman's Private Collection
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A MAZE. Indie Connect - German Indie Festival - 2nd Encounter
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The Perfect Woman is one who can adjust to the Kinect's bad interface
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Four perspectives on personal games
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Kickstarter: Stonehearth, gorgeous sandbox strategy that also appeals to D&D fans
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Game Dev Tycoon fights piracy with piracy
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Mayhem Triple: An indie's own personal Duke Nukem Forever
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Black Annex: A QBasic game for the 21st century
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PC Release: Papo & Yo - a puzzle/platformer that deals with a very difficult issue
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Don't Sh!t Your Pants for Cellar Door's upcoming Rogue Legacy action-platformer
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How a bad publisher deal made Mutant Mudds dev Renegade Kid go indie
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Browser Pick: obliterate humanity, dolphins with a fist of Uranus in Planet Punch
-April 16, 2013 4:37 PM

What about love? Inside a game jam revolution
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GDC/PAX East Catch-up Part 2: Home, Kentucky Route Zero devs' next plans
-April 2, 2013 2:00 PM

The five reasons freemium sucks (according to QWOP's developer)
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IGF winner Hofmeier pays it forward for Porpentine's Howling Dogs
-March 29, 2013 3:00 PM

IGF 2013 winners led by Cart Life and FTL: Faster Than Light
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Indies question whether journalists should be our game curators
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Road to the IGF: Michael Lee on mindful xp
-March 24, 2013 4:00 PM

Dwarf Fortress: A game that will live forever?
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Road to the IGF: ATUM
-March 23, 2013 4:00 PM

The intimacy of sound: Robin Arnott's mysterious SoundSelf
-March 23, 2013 12:00 PM

Road to the IGF: The Fullbright Company's Gone Home
-March 22, 2013 10:01 PM

Your indie guide to IGF 2013: a GDC primer
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Road to the IGF: Arcane Kids' Zineth
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Indie Game Developer Quality-of-Life Survey Results
-March 21, 2013 12:55 PM

Road to the IGF: Behold Studios' Knights of Pen & Paper
-March 20, 2013 6:50 PM

Team Meat's Refenes: Apathy and refunds are more dangerous than piracy
-March 20, 2013 11:50 AM

Have you considered porting your game to MS-DOS?
-March 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Tale of Tales' Bientot l'ete
-March 17, 2013 7:55 PM

Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
-March 16, 2013 8:00 PM

Road to the IGF: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
-March 16, 2013 4:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Team Pixel Pi's Pulse
-March 15, 2013 3:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Anna Anthropy's Dys4ia
-March 13, 2013 4:14 PM

The Cat that Got the Milk, The Button Affair dev on dressing games to the nines
-March 13, 2013 2:01 PM

Veteran Japanese devs make a game on fighting terrorists with a wrecking ball
-March 11, 2013 6:42 PM

Road to the IGF: Alexander Martin's Starseed Pilgrim
-March 11, 2013 3:00 AM

Video: Relive GDC 2012's popular Experimental Gameplay Sessions
-March 8, 2013 12:00 AM

A history - and call - for German indie developers
-March 6, 2013 3:00 AM

Q&A: Brainwave game hints at future of biometric gameplay
-March 6, 2013 1:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Klaus Pedersen's Back to Bed
-March 4, 2013 3:10 PM

Indie game development on the rise in a big way
-March 4, 2013 3:00 AM

GDC Play 2013 'Best in Play' game winners announced
-March 3, 2013 4:00 PM

Retro City Rampage does better on PSN than Steam, XBLA; dev releases 8-bit ROM
-March 1, 2013 3:00 AM

A free Twine game about the homeless of Denver, Colorado's Cherry Creek
-February 27, 2013 10:55 PM

Road to the IGF: Jeppe Carlsen and team's 140
-February 27, 2013 3:00 AM

The Button Affair is a stylish semi-autorunner and fundraiser for disabled gamers
-February 26, 2013 9:00 PM

Sean Barrett didn't enjoy Corrypt's twist, makes a free Brough-like anyway
-February 26, 2013 3:36 PM

Art Game: Make art with games in a game about art
-February 26, 2013 12:01 AM

RIOT interview: ethnicity not a focus as it disconnects us, says developer
-February 25, 2013 3:55 PM

Road to the IGF: Aleksey Abramenko's Intrusion 2
-February 23, 2013 4:00 PM

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-February 19, 2013 1:07 PM

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Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's VESPER.5
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It's Valentine's Day and there is time for Depression Quest
-February 14, 2013 5:30 PM

Valentine's gift ideas: Indie Royale, Indie Gala, and Game Music Bundles!
-February 14, 2013 3:00 PM

Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
-February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Teknopants' Samurai Gunn
-February 11, 2013 11:00 PM

Road to the IGF: Mousechief's 7 Grand Steps
-February 9, 2013 10:00 PM

'Road to the IGF' Pt.1: the stories behind this year's top indie games
-February 8, 2013 10:00 AM

Bastion's argument for doing away with cross-platform development
-February 7, 2013 1:00 AM

Terrorist or tourist? You decide in Lucas Pope's Papers, Please free demo
-February 5, 2013 2:30 PM

Video: How to function as a depressed, solo game developer
-February 5, 2013 11:00 AM

Bathe in the gore that is 2BAM's CJR demo
-February 3, 2013 12:15 PM

It's official: XNA is dead
-February 2, 2013 6:00 PM

Is Proteus a game -- and if not, who cares?
-January 31, 2013 12:00 AM

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-January 30, 2013 9:45 PM

Lume sequel is a gorgeous world of motorized paper and cardboard
-January 30, 2013 3:00 PM

Road to the IGF: Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route Zero
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Bombball aims to unlock OUYA eSport potential
-January 29, 2013 6:00 PM

Interview: The 411 on Indie Speed Run
-January 24, 2013 3:05 PM

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-January 22, 2013 1:30 AM

Top 10 Free Platformer Games of 2012
-January 21, 2013 2:00 PM

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-January 19, 2013 8:00 PM

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As release looms, Antichamber dev reflects on emotional rollercoaster
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Super Crate Box, Thomas Was Alone devs share on new site stories of being bullied
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-April 29, 2013 3:07 PM

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-April 23, 2013 12:01 AM

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-April 16, 2013 6:29 PM

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-April 2, 2013 8:00 PM

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-April 2, 2013 2:00 PM

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GDC Play 2013 'Best in Play' game winners announced
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-March 1, 2013 3:00 AM

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-February 19, 2013 3:00 AM

Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
-February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

'Road to the IGF' Pt.1: the stories behind this year's top indie games
-February 8, 2013 10:00 AM

The journey to create Journey -- the quest for emotion
-February 8, 2013 1:00 AM

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-February 7, 2013 1:00 AM

Video: How to function as a depressed, solo game developer
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-January 29, 2013 6:00 PM

Papo & Yo behind-the-scenes: Making a game that matters
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-January 19, 2013 4:00 AM

Super Crate Box, Thomas Was Alone devs share on new site stories of being bullied
-January 17, 2013 3:00 AM

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-January 13, 2013 9:00 PM

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-January 4, 2013 11:00 AM

Sale on Wii U Indie Titles Ending Soon, Look to Future Releases
-January 2, 2013 4:00 PM

Top 10 Indie Shoot-'Em-Ups of 2012
-January 1, 2013 4:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2
-December 31, 2012 2:00 PM

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-December 30, 2012 12:00 PM

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Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 1
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Bit.Trip, Johann Sebestian Joust devs chat Sifteo Cubes with free SDK
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Top 10 Xbox Live Arcade Games of 2012
-December 21, 2012 10:00 AM

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Persistence Pays Off: How Futurlab Finally Got a Contract with Sony
-December 12, 2012 12:00 AM

How Did Indie Studio Broken Rules Get Chummy with Nintendo?
-December 11, 2012 3:00 AM

Mark of the Ninja's five stealth design rules
-December 4, 2012 3:00 AM

PlayStation Mobile opens the floodgates for all game developers
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Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
-November 15, 2012 1:00 AM

Pid's dilemma - how do you make a 2D platformer that stands out?
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Even Canabalt's Creator Can't Explain its Success
-November 7, 2012 1:00 AM

Dust: An Elysian Tail Dev Bit the Bullet, Cut a Third of the Game
-November 2, 2012 3:00 AM

A New Record for IGF Submissions at Nearly 600 Games
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-October 11, 2012 1:00 AM

The Benefits of Making Your Players Suffer (and Maybe Throw Up)
-October 8, 2012 8:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: 'Can too much interaction obstruct a game's intended message?'
-October 6, 2012 2:00 PM

GDC 2013 Indie Games Summit Call for Submissions
-September 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Doing Stealth the Monaco Way
-September 28, 2012 1:00 AM

10 Indie Games to Sing Along with
-September 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Rewarding Kickstarter Donors with Copies of Your Game Is Vital
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Ask IndieGames: Are indie developers censoring themselves?
-September 2, 2012 10:00 AM

Q&A: Leonard J. Paul on Retro City Chiptunes and Vessel Audio
-August 29, 2012 6:40 PM

IGF China Seeking Indie Game Submissions for 2012 Event
-August 17, 2012 8:43 PM

The Real Story of Developing for Nintendo's Download Platforms
-August 16, 2012 3:00 AM

Sound Shapes Q&A: Prototyping for PlayStation Consoles
-August 13, 2012 1:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: Which genres do you want to see indie developers tackle?
-August 5, 2012 8:00 AM

Reinventing stealth in 2D with Mark of the Ninja
-August 3, 2012 8:00 PM

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Q&A: Martin Stig Andersen on Limbo's Soundtrack
-July 26, 2012 1:00 PM

HFB Q&A: A Brief History of SideTracks' PixelJunk Soundtrack
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Cactus Goes Commercial: How One Indie Moved Beyond His Freeware Roots
-July 14, 2012 4:00 AM

GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
-July 10, 2012 8:00 PM

Games Like Spelunky That Do Not Require An Xbox 360
-July 4, 2012 11:00 AM

A Developer Love Letter to Spelunky
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Indies Challenge Themselves to Find Innovation in the Tired Old FPS Genre
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Mobile Features

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GDC Europe's Indie Summit adds Ridiculous Fishing, Badland postmortems
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Video: Over 20 amazing demos at GDC 2013's Experimental Gameplay Workshop
-May 21, 2013 5:50 PM

AudioBrush aims to cure iOS music games of their offbeat afflictions
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Aliceffekt Interview: Hiversaires' World Without Words
-May 14, 2013 2:45 AM

Video: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013
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A MAZE. Indie Connect - German Indie Festival - 2nd Encounter
-May 3, 2013 2:10 AM

Four perspectives on personal games
-April 30, 2013 10:40 PM

November's GDC Next open for talk submissions
-April 29, 2013 3:07 PM

Vlambeer's games popular among players, cloners alike
-April 23, 2013 12:01 AM

How a bad publisher deal made Mutant Mudds dev Renegade Kid go indie
-April 18, 2013 12:07 AM

Postmortem: Game Oven's intimate finger twisting Fingle
-April 14, 2013 10:06 AM

Play folk games on the fly with Tiny Games app
-April 3, 2013 11:05 PM

GDC/PAX East Catch-up Part 2: Home, Kentucky Route Zero devs' next plans
-April 2, 2013 2:00 PM

The five reasons freemium sucks (according to QWOP's developer)
-March 30, 2013 1:36 PM

IGF 2013 winners led by Cart Life and FTL: Faster Than Light
-March 27, 2013 10:35 PM

Your indie guide to IGF 2013: a GDC primer
-March 21, 2013 6:23 PM

Road to the IGF: Behold Studios' Knights of Pen & Paper
-March 20, 2013 6:50 PM

Team Meat's Refenes: Apathy and refunds are more dangerous than piracy
-March 20, 2013 11:50 AM

Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
-March 16, 2013 8:00 PM

Veteran Japanese devs make a game on fighting terrorists with a wrecking ball
-March 11, 2013 6:42 PM

Why they're playing: Year Walk
-March 6, 2013 11:58 PM

Vlambeer, Kert Gartner on making a six-second Vine trailer for Ridiculous Fishing
-March 6, 2013 3:43 PM

A history - and call - for German indie developers
-March 6, 2013 3:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Klaus Pedersen's Back to Bed
-March 4, 2013 3:10 PM

Indie game development on the rise in a big way
-March 4, 2013 3:00 AM

GDC Play 2013 'Best in Play' game winners announced
-March 3, 2013 4:00 PM

RIOT interview: ethnicity not a focus as it disconnects us, says developer
-February 25, 2013 3:55 PM

IGF 2013 Audience Award Opens Voting
-February 19, 2013 1:07 PM

BitSummit initiative to help connect Japanese indies to the world
-February 19, 2013 3:00 AM

Shade, and the future of interactive fiction on the App Store
-February 13, 2013 2:15 PM

Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
-February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

'Road to the IGF' Pt.1: the stories behind this year's top indie games
-February 8, 2013 10:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Henry Smith's Spaceteam
-February 7, 2013 1:30 PM

Bastion's argument for doing away with cross-platform development
-February 7, 2013 1:00 AM

Video: How to function as a depressed, solo game developer
-February 5, 2013 11:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Simogo's Year Walk
-February 1, 2013 10:30 AM

Road to the IGF: Lucky Frame's Bad Hotel
-January 27, 2013 4:00 PM

Why they're playing: Hundreds
-January 26, 2013 6:00 PM

Interview: The 411 on Indie Speed Run
-January 24, 2013 3:05 PM

Super Crate Box, Thomas Was Alone devs share on new site stories of being bullied
-January 17, 2013 3:00 AM

Joe Danger is a rare example of console-to-mobile done right
-January 13, 2013 9:00 PM

10 Indie Games Scene Shakers in 2012
-January 10, 2013 4:00 PM

GDC 2013 adds Capy, Shellrazer, Yamove! Summit talks
-January 10, 2013 1:30 PM

Betting on style with Saltsman and Wohlwend's Hundreds
-January 6, 2013 7:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2
-December 31, 2012 2:00 PM

What AAA can learn from indies -- according to indies
-December 30, 2012 12:00 PM

Indies met challenges, learned lessons in 2012
-December 28, 2012 5:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 1
-December 25, 2012 12:00 PM

Unique Showcase Space for Smaller Devs at GDC 2013 via GDC Play
-December 19, 2012 5:00 PM

Top 10 Indie Games Of 2012 (+2!)
-December 18, 2012 6:00 PM

The Avant-Game - brain food for the hardcore weirdos
-December 14, 2012 3:00 AM

Personal Struggles Inspire Personal Games
-December 6, 2012 3:00 AM

The 9 Common Mistakes Every Indie Game Studio Should Avoid
-November 23, 2012 4:00 PM

How competition deadlines whipped FTL into shape
-November 21, 2012 4:01 AM

PlayStation Mobile opens the floodgates for all game developers
-November 20, 2012 9:00 PM

F*ck This Jam Gets Personal: Devs Parody Curiosity, Facebook, and YouTube
-November 16, 2012 12:00 PM

The unique challenges of building a game world out of cardboard
-November 16, 2012 1:00 AM

Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
-November 15, 2012 1:00 AM

Even Canabalt's Creator Can't Explain its Success
-November 7, 2012 1:00 AM

The Secret to Spider's Success: New Forms of Collaboration
-November 3, 2012 2:00 AM

Terry Cavanagh and the Heart of Super Hexagon
-October 30, 2012 3:00 AM

A New Record for IGF Submissions at Nearly 600 Games
-October 23, 2012 8:00 PM

Video: Is Your Game 'Juicy' Enough?
-October 17, 2012 8:00 PM

One Week to Go for 2013 IGF's Main Competition Entries
-October 11, 2012 1:00 AM

Gree Launches New Program to Support, Promote Indie Devs
-October 9, 2012 1:00 AM

The Benefits of Making Your Players Suffer (and Maybe Throw Up)
-October 8, 2012 8:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: 'Can too much interaction obstruct a game's intended message?'
-October 6, 2012 2:00 PM

GDC 2013 Indie Games Summit Call for Submissions
-September 29, 2012 12:00 AM

10 Indie Games to Sing Along with
-September 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Why Indie Games Make Meaningful Spectator Sports
-September 20, 2012 3:00 AM

Rewarding Kickstarter Donors with Copies of Your Game Is Vital
-September 3, 2012 10:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: Are indie developers censoring themselves?
-September 2, 2012 10:00 AM

IGF China Seeking Indie Game Submissions for 2012 Event
-August 17, 2012 8:43 PM

Don't Let Popular Opinion Get in the Way of Your Vision
-August 15, 2012 3:30 AM

Pay Once for PC and iOS? Galcon Dev Experiments with Dynamite Jack
-August 10, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: Which genres do you want to see indie developers tackle?
-August 5, 2012 8:00 AM

The Day After #ScreenshotSaturday 5
-July 29, 2012 9:30 PM

The Day After #ScreenshotSaturday 3
-July 15, 2012 10:00 PM

GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
-July 10, 2012 8:00 PM

Take this survey on the motivations of Kickstarter contributors
-July 6, 2012 5:00 PM

Indies Challenge Themselves to Find Innovation in the Tired Old FPS Genre
-July 4, 2012 1:00 AM

Ask IndieGames: What makes a good free-to-play game?
-June 30, 2012 1:00 PM

Feature: 10 iOS Adventure Games You Must Play
-June 28, 2012 7:30 AM

Why a Key Trials Evolution Coder Went Independent
-June 22, 2012 3:00 AM

Letter From The Chairman: Welcome back (soon!) for IGF 2013
-June 19, 2012 12:00 PM

Wreck-It Ralph: The Indie Edition (by Kert Gartner) Must Happen
-June 10, 2012 8:00 AM

Andy Moore on His One-hour Breadth Jam: Jam O'Clock
-June 1, 2012 2:00 PM

Dev Tech Tops Wii U as "Open and Flexible," Uses Gadgets You Already Own
-May 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: How Do I Get You Guys To Pay Attention To My Press Release?
-May 18, 2012 4:15 PM

FPS Games and Imitation: What Should Return and What Must Go
-May 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Interview: Hard Lines Dev Pumps His FIST OF AWESOME
-May 17, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask Indie Devs: FPS Games and Innovation
-May 11, 2012 3:00 PM

Exploring Parallel 3D Space and Time with Oliver & Spike
-April 28, 2012 4:30 PM

Bieg and Nasser on Sexy Joysticks and Subversion in Swordfight
-April 27, 2012 2:00 PM

Final Fantasy to Snow White: Composer Kumi Tanioka's Independent Vision
-March 1, 2012 5:00 PM

Road to the IGF: Powerhead's Async Corp.
-February 26, 2012 5:07 PM

Road to the IGF: Game Oven's Fingle
-February 25, 2012 4:43 AM

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