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Q&A: C418's Minecraft - Volume Alpha Soundtrack

May 17, 2011 9:05 PM | jeriaska

Daniel Rosenfeld, writing as C418, has served as the musician and sound designer on Mojang's Minecraft. The critically acclaimed Swedish sandbox construction game received the Audience Award and Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year's Independent Games Festival ceremony.


Rather than relying on predetermined plot points to motivate progress, what has drawn so many to the world of Minecraft has been the exploration of its procedurally generated environments, which can be mined to create buildings and underground caves. For C418, the challenges in providing music for such an unpredictable gaming environment have been profound.


But the experience has also been profoundly rewarding. The composer has released his score to Minecraft - Volume Alpha through Bandcamp and is at work on the music that will appear both in future updates and later as part of the Volume Beta soundtrack. He will be writing the music score for 2 Player Productions' documentary feature Minecraft: The Story of Mojang. And independent of the game, his next original album is nearing completion.


Despite challenges in determining an appropriate tone for early builds, Minecraft has been met with widespread acclaim prior to its official launch. We had the chance to hear from the musician on his experience creating the first volume of the game soundtrack and his related forthcoming projects.


IndieGames.com Now Covers Android Games

May 16, 2011 3:00 PM | Michael Rose

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We've been covering iPhone games here and there for several months now, but alas, none of us had Android phones, and therefore couldn't give the Android Marketplace a look in. However, as of this week I've now grabbed myself one, and the Android picks can commence.

If you're looking to have your Android game featured on the site, feel free to email me at michaelrose@indiegames.com, and I'll make sure to check it out. As with our iPhone game picks, I won't be doing too many of them (as the majority of our readers are looking for browser and freeware games), but I will definitely highlight the best Android games available at the time.

For those who couldn't give a monkey's about either Android or iPhone games, remember that you can use the tabs to select Desktop, and only read news that will interest you.

250 Indie Games You Must Play Released

May 13, 2011 7:08 PM | Michael Rose

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The IndieGames.com book is now available! Even when you're not at your computer, you can still take on board information about all the best indie games to play, via the aptly named '250 Indie Games You Must Play'.

Each page features a most wonderful indie game, along with information, a snazzy screenshot and a link to the game that you can bang into your browser when you get back to a computer. The book is available from the various Amazon stores, including the US store and the UK store, as well as other online retailers.

Check the blurb for more info:

"With a surge in popularity recently and an increase in great downloadable games, there has never been a better time to learn about independent "indie" games. 250 Indie Games You Must Play is a guide to the exciting and expanding world of indie gaming. Whether you are a veteran of the indie game scene or have never played an indie game before, this book helps you experience the best in indie gaming and further your understanding of why indie games are so important in the entertainment industry.

The wide range of games highlighted in the text encompasses concepts and ideas that will change your perspective of what video games can be. The book covers puzzlers, platformers, beat 'em ups, shoot 'em ups, role-playing, and strategy.

Apart from being fun, indie games can be experimental, emotional, nostalgic, and occasionally just plain bizarre. Some make you sit back in awe, while others have you thinking, "Why have I never played a game like this before?" Better still, the majority of these games are completely free to play and even the commercial releases are incredibly cheap. Once you start playing indie games, you may not be able to look at your big-budget blockbusters the same way ever again."


Opinion: The Gods Of Goo

May 11, 2011 3:32 PM | Michael Rose

worldofgoo.jpg[In this opinion piece originally posted on sister site Gamasutra, contributor Richard Clark offers a personal meditation on the implications of deity in 2D Boy's World of Goo.]

We all have authority figures. Some of us have as few as possible. Bosses, teachers, parents and elected officials are enough for us. But some people - people like me - choose to have even more. Most prominently, some of us choose to believe in an unknown force, commonly known as God, which guides us both directly and indirectly through life.

It's a belief that keeps me living purposefully, that makes sense of the world, and that gives me hope for the future. But sometimes I wonder if this belief places me squarely in the midst of a cruel game, wherein I am merely a pawn, used for the sadistic purposes of a cruel God.

The Accidental, Thoughtless God

We start World of Goo with a strong sense of power. We have complete control over the goo balls that live in the world. They grunt and squeak thankfully as we connect and divide them, building structure after structure. They are excited to see what's next, through that pipe that hangs overhead at the end of each level. They are at the whim of whoever comes along to control them. They trust in us.

We seek to progress as a civilization. According to the omnipresent Sign Painter, it is the best and only choice for the goo balls. When society is improved and made more efficient, only good can result, right? He encourages us to keep making progress. As is typical of the videogame format, we unlock stages and worlds one after another. The signs in the levels are full of helpful hints and tips. We begin to view the Sign Painter as the infallible source. We go to him first, and simply ask, "What now?"

SpyParty Accepting Sign-Ups For Early Access Beta

May 11, 2011 1:28 AM | Cassandra Khaw

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NPCs have it easy, don't they? All they have to do is mill around, interact with other code-powered individuals, execute miscellaneous actions and generally do very little while players push through the game. Chris Hecker begs to differ.

Well, to be specific, Chris Hecker's SpyParty wants to know precisely how good you are at pretending you're an NPC or, if you're in the position of the sniper, how accurate you are at picking out the real player from the crowd. For those somehow still unfamiliar with the game, this really is the essence of SpyParty. There are two players. One will play as the sniper while the other will play as the spy. The sniper's task is questionably easy: find the real person and shoot him. The spy has a slightly more complex task: pretend you're an NPC while you execute espionage-like chores.

I can tell you from experience this can be a daunting task. You have to be smooth with your motions, careful with your actions and most of all, be as predictable as possible. It isn't easy. Especially not when there's the sniper's telltale red dot floating across your vision.

However, I'm not here today to tell you about SpyParty. Instead, I'm here to inform you that early-access beta has started. It will cost $15 to be a part of the beta (Editor's note: This also serves as your preorder, I'll add - thanks for the reminder to reword this properly, guys) but you will, with others, help shape a truly unique game. Chris Hecker says, 'SpyPart is a long way from the finish line' but this is your chance to get into the action or, well, just play it before it launches sometime in the indeterminate future.

Interested? Head down here. (DIYGamer caught it first, I think. So props to them. Thanks guys!)

Game Developer's May Issue Showcases Xbox Live Indie Games Postmortem

May 9, 2011 7:28 PM | Michael Rose

maycover.jpgThe May 2011 issue of Game Developer magazine, the sister print publication to Gamasutra and the leading U.S. trade publication for the video game industry, has shipped to print subscribers and digital readers and is available from the Game Developer Digital service in both subscription and single-issue formats.

The May issue's exclusive postmortem focuses on five acclaimed Xbox Live Indie Titles, in which the games' creators describe some of their achievements, as well as the hardships they endured working on Microsoft's independent games platform.

Mommy's Best Games' Nathan Fouts, for instance, explains how he ensured his indie shmup Shoot 1UP included support for disabled players.

He writes, "I worked with accessibility organizations Able Gamers and One Switch to hone the menus and controls for the game to support as many options as possible for handicapped and non-handicapped gamers alike."

Study: Indie Team Members, Contractors Earned Far More Than Solo Indies In 2010

May 4, 2011 2:30 PM | Michael Rose

indieman.jpgTeam-based independent developers and contractors earned considerably more in 2010, while developers working on their own saw little change in their income over the last year, according to data published by IndieGames.com and Gamasutra sister publication Game Developer magazine, as part of its 10th annual Salary Survey whose results were recently revealed.

During 2010 in the U.S., independent contractors reported an average annual income of $55,493, up more than $10,000 from their reported earnings in 2009.

Self-identifying 'independent developers' working on team saw an average income boost of $6,000, bringing their average income up to $26,780 in 2010.

Individual indie developers, however, saw very little change in their annual income, reporting average earnings of $11,379 for the year.

Despite the rise in income for a number of indie developers, roughly 55 percent of independent game respondents working on a team or on their own reported making less than $500 from game sales in 2010.

The Persistence of Memory: Exploring ButaVX's Secret Psychology

April 21, 2011 7:00 AM | Tim

[In his latest interview for GameSetWatch, Jason Johnson talks to Raymond Cindric about his free to download IGF China-winning adventure game ButaVX and its uniquely charming visuals.]

ButaVX: Justice Fighter is cute. Very cute. It's so cute that it won the "Excellence In Visual Arts" award at the Independent Games Festival 2010 in China, a country whose culture is renowned for being cute. Nekomura Games, the small studio who developed it, has a cute name. (Nekomura means "cat village" in Japanese.) Most of all, the black-and-white, sketchbook-style graphics are cute. Justice Fighter looks like it was cut out of children's manga.

The setting, story, and characters are likewise cute. The fable of a young pig who sets out on an adventure to retrieve his soccer ball is endearing. Yet underneath the cheerful facade of cartoon piggies, a thoughtful experiment is being performed. Behind all this cuteness, a subtle play on psychology unfolds.

"It's a joke at the expense of how the brain uses patterns to read the world - with all the funny stuff that results from this approach," says Raymond Cindric, the artist, designer, and programmer who developed Justice Fighter alongside his wife Linda in Singapore.

The first hint that something strange is afoot comes in Justice Fighter's opening cinematic, when the player is introduced to young ButaVX, the self-decreed hero of the game. (His name is a hodgepodge. Buta is Japanese for "pig," the "X" is an allusion to Mega Man X, and the "V" was put in between so the name wouldn't be mispronounced as "buttocks.")

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Buta is playing soccer in a sold-out stadium. The crowd is cheering wildly. Cheerleaders chant his name. But when he accidentally kicks his ball through an old lady's window, the stadium mysteriously vanishes. Buta is no longer on the field. He's stranded in wasteland. The old lady looks like an evildoer. And her house looks like a castle. The change occurs quickly, and the player might not notice the broken continuity, nor that the game takes place in an entirely unstable reality.

Indie Game Links: This Spider-Queen's Bite Won't Hurt a Bit

April 20, 2011 8:00 AM | Tim

Today's collection of independent game links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, the usual round-up of interviews with developers from around the 'net. (image source)

FingerGaming: Beyond Ynth Available for Free
"FDG Entertainment is giving away its critically lauded iOS puzzler Beyond Ynth (and Beyond Ynth HD) for free over the next three days as part of an Easter promotion."

Lexaloffle Games: Web-playable Puzzles
"Thanks to the magic of Adobe Alchemy, it's now possible to play puzzles on the BBS directly in your web browser. Just click the 'Play' links in listings for Zen Puzzle Garden and Chocolate Castle to get a flash version."

Gamasutra: Minecraft-Like Xbox Live Indie FortressCraft Sells 16K On Launch Day
"Developer ProjectorGames claims its Xbox Live Indie Game FortressCraft saw 16,000 sales on its April 8 launch day, selling to a full 70 percent of players who've tried out the demo so far."

GameSetWatch: Sword & Sworcery EP Releases For iPhone This Thursday
"Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, the lauded iPad adventure game from Toronto indies Capybara, Superbrothers, and Jim Guthrie, will make its debut on iPhone (3GS and newer) and iPod Touch (third generation and newer) this Thursday for $2.99."

reddit: We're game developers from Frozenbyte, ask us anything
"We are a few members of the company called Frozenbyte, currently running the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. Basically we made Trine 2 and mostly everything else awesome, and it would be cool to get some feedback or random questions."

Opposable Thumbs: How early reviews hurt sales of indie games
"Major developers have leverage over review sites because big games drive big traffic. Small developers don't have that same influence, which means that they have to work with writers without resorting to heavy-handed tactics."

Indie Games Searchlight: Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars (video)
"I am not making this one up. The game I have today is indeed about homosexual women anthropomorphed from a spider's body from outer space. And indie games get a reputation of being nothing but pretentious Braid clones."

Quote Unquote: Interview with Daniel-David Guertin
"Daniel-David Guertin is a game developer who does not feel compelled to rush or force finish his projects. Rebirth is an intriguing game that he started development on back in 2007. After some failed iterations, he put the game on ice until he had a 'spark of inspiration' to wrap it up in 2011."

Interviewing Indies in Japan: 'Second Person Shooter Zato' Creator

April 19, 2011 11:00 AM | Tim

[In this in-depth interview, John Polson speaks with creator Himo about his experiences from Tokyo Game Show's experimental gameplay showcase Sense of Wonder Night and the design inspiration for his latest game.]

Many have played third- and first-person shooters. Not many have experienced second-person shooters, nor even have entertained the idea of what kind of game that would be. Fortunately, Himo has shared his latest creation, Second Person Shooter Zato (SPSZ), with people across the world via Kongregate.

Himo first received wide acclaim at the 2009 Sense of Wonder Night ("SOWN", an experimental gameplay celebration and critique) at the Tokyo Game Show, for his dialogue matching game, His and Her Disconnected Conversations. Himo released SPSZ in mid February 2011 and the game was quickly covered at DIYGamer, Indie Games, and finally GameSetWatch thanks to the tip of another SOWN finalist: Marcus Richert.

This interview was in many ways also made possible thanks to Marcus and is a testament to how the indie community helps out each other, transcending distance and language boundaries. Developer Himo broke down some of his own boundaries, pushing himself to the limit to bring his second person idea to life.

He heavily credits Unity's ease of development for his success. His inspiration for SPSZ may seem simplistic to some; however, his discussion may just inspire others to look at commonplace images and tools in the real world and consider how to implement the perspectives they illuminate.

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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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The Avant-Game - brain food for the hardcore weirdos
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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?
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Mark of the Ninja's five stealth design rules
-December 4, 2012 3:00 AM

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

Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
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Pid's dilemma - how do you make a 2D platformer that stands out?
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Dust: An Elysian Tail Dev Bit the Bullet, Cut a Third of the Game
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A New Record for IGF Submissions at Nearly 600 Games
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One Week to Go for 2013 IGF's Main Competition Entries
-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

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10 Indie Games to Sing Along with
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Ask IndieGames: Are indie developers censoring themselves?
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Q&A: Leonard J. Paul on Retro City Chiptunes and Vessel Audio
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IGF China Seeking Indie Game Submissions for 2012 Event
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Sound Shapes Q&A: Prototyping for PlayStation Consoles
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Ask IndieGames: Which genres do you want to see indie developers tackle?
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-July 27, 2012 5:00 AM

Q&A: Martin Stig Andersen on Limbo's Soundtrack
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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
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GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
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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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Ask IndieGames: What makes a good free-to-play game?
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PlayStation Network Indie Devs Divided on Software Pricing
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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: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013
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How a bad publisher deal made Mutant Mudds dev Renegade Kid go indie
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Postmortem: Game Oven's intimate finger twisting Fingle
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GDC/PAX East Catch-up Part 2: Home, Kentucky Route Zero devs' next plans
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Team Meat's Refenes: Apathy and refunds are more dangerous than piracy
-March 20, 2013 11:50 AM

Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
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A history - and call - for German indie developers
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Road to the IGF: Klaus Pedersen's Back to Bed
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GDC Play 2013 'Best in Play' game winners announced
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RIOT interview: ethnicity not a focus as it disconnects us, says developer
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IGF 2013 Audience Award Opens Voting
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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
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Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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10 Indie Games Scene Shakers in 2012
-January 10, 2013 4:00 PM

GDC 2013 adds Capy, Shellrazer, Yamove! Summit talks
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Betting on style with Saltsman and Wohlwend's Hundreds
-January 6, 2013 7:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2
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-December 30, 2012 12:00 PM

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-December 28, 2012 5:00 PM

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-December 25, 2012 12:00 PM

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-December 14, 2012 3:00 AM

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-December 6, 2012 3:00 AM

The 9 Common Mistakes Every Indie Game Studio Should Avoid
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How competition deadlines whipped FTL into shape
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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
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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

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-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

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-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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