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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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Indie Game Links: Kickstarting and Relaunching

January 20, 2011 8:16 PM | Tim

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

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Zach Barth Interview
"SpaceChem isn't simply the best indie game 2011′s seen so far, it's one of the best puzzle games ever made. The game is predominantly the work of one Zack Barth of Zachtronics Industries. We infiltrated his hermetically sealed underground laboratory for a chat."

Gamasutra: Indie Game Challenge Reveals 12 Finalists
"The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences revealed the 12 finalists of its Indie Game Challenge, the competition it sponsors along with retailer GameStop and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University, announcing six nominees each in professional and non-professional categories."

Zeboyd Games: Cthulhu Saves the World Free OST release
"We've gotten a lot of requests for it so here it is - the complete twenty-two song soundtrack for Cthulhu Saves the World, free of charge, complete with pretentious song titles."

Gamasutra: The Zeboyd Games Approach to JRPG Design
"There are many articles on the Internet about JRPG design and what's wrong with the genre, but very few of these articles are written by people who actually make this kind of game. I have created two JRPG-style games for the XBox 360, Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. Let me share some of the thought processes that I go through when designing our games."

Indie Superstar: Kickstart-ed Andrew Plotkin on Interactive Fiction for iPhone
"Andrew Plotkin and interactive fiction are pretty much synonymous these days. Late last year, he made headlines with CNN for raising over $30,000 using Kickstarter. We poked around with some questions to try to figure out what makes Andrew tick."

Gamasutra: GarageGames Relaunches Torque Engine With New Owners, New Focus
"GarageGames announced that it has reformed as a new company under new ownership, buying all assets for the Torque Engine from InstantAction. The company will be dropping the price for its products to $99 for a limited time as it relaunches."

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Anders Gustafsson On The Dream Machine
"Wanting to know a lot more about how The Dream Machine came about, and the thinking behind its design and narrative, we sent questions to one half of the development team, Anders Gustafsson. His engagingly detailed answers explore ideas of dream induction, the homogenisation of gaming, the role of voyeurism, and why non-interactivity isn't passivity."

DIYgamer: Top 10 Indie iOS Games of 2010
"Granted, some of you will want to see our blood spilled because we forgot to mention something, or maybe you don't consider a certain game or developer indie in any sense of the word, but we just want you to be playing these games because they're really awesome."

Indie DB: Best UDK Game
"Back in early December 2010, Epic Games the creators of the UDK engine teamed up with the staff of IndieDB in an attempt to recognize the top UDK games of 2010. First, we called on the public that voted in last year's Indie of the Year awards to narrow down the list to just 10 releases. Then, it was up to the judges from Epic Games and IndieDB to pick the ultimate winner."

Indie Game Links: The World Saves Cthulhu

January 19, 2011 11:00 PM | Tim

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

Rocketbirds: Revolution!: Post-mortem
"We couldn't really call this a post-mortem, because we're still working on Rocketbirds - we're developing Rocketbirds: Reloaded! in-house for Playstation Network and PC where we'll iterate and innovate on what we've learnt from our experiences and feedback we've received from Rocketbirds: Revolution!."

GameSetWatch: Lea Schönfelder Talks Ulitsa Dimitrova
"German game designer Lea Schonfelder, creator of IGF 'honorary mention' title for 2011 Ute, discusses last year's IGF Student Showcase nominee and stark homeless-themed game Ulitsa Dimitrova."

DIYgamer: Indie Games Winter Uprising, In Conclusion
"Robert Boyd answered a few questions for us post-Indie Game Winter Uprising as a sort of conclusion piece in how well he thought it did, what the event did overall for the developers and channel and whether or not there will ever be another one."

DIYgamer: Cthulhu Saves the World Has Highest Revenue Amongst Winter Uprising
"Robert Boyd has released some details about his hit RPG Cthulhu Saves the World and how it has fared amongst the other games in the event. In its first two weeks after being released Cthulhu has gone on to sell more than 6,300 copies on XBLIG."

GameSetWatch: Cthulhu Saves The World Developer Raising Money For PC Port
"The three-man studio wants to raise $3,000 so it can port Cthulhu Saves The World to PC. It notes that after porting the game, it should be able to do the same for its first game, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning, and future titles."

Digital Eel: soundtrack collection VooDoo Interface now downloadable for free
"VooDoo Interface, the official compilation of award-winning Digital Eel game music, is available online for free or donation. The album features soundtrack music from Brainpipe, Dr. Blob's Organism, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, Big Box of Blox and a special guest game."

Lazygamer: QCF Design Talks About Desktop Dungeons and the IGF Awards
"Now nominated for two IGF Awards, QCF Design and Desktop Dungeons proudly sits nominated for categories previously won by heavy hitters like Braid and Limbo. We caught up with the trio of insane local developers to talk about goats, groupies, sausage rolls, and... a bit about Desktop Dungeons as well."

GamerBytes: Radiangames On Joy Joy, Crossfire, Inferno And More
"Releasing a game per month since June, Luke Schneider had shown a lot of developers how to bring together gameplay, graphics and sound into one coherent series. We spoke to Luke about his dealings with XNA, and what he plans to work on in the future."

Dev.Mag: 11 Tips for making a fun platformer
"Although this article focuses on platformers, the philosophy behind each idea can be applied to any type of game, whether 2D or 3D. This list does not only include tips for the product (a fun game), but also for the development process."

GDC 2011's Indie Games Summit Adds Talks From Monaco, Retro City Rampage Creators

January 17, 2011 12:32 PM | Simon Carless

This year's Independent Games Summit, which will run from February 28 to March 1 alongside the 2011 Game Developers Conference at San Francisco's Moscone Center has just added a number of new lectures, including from IGF Grand Prize winner Andy Schatz (Monaco), Eliss/Faraway designer Steph Thirion and industry veteran Luke Schneider (Radiangames series).

Monaco's Schatz will be presenting a lecture called 'How to Win the IGF in 15 Weeks or Less', explaining how the acclaimed co-op heist game was "entered into the IGF after 6 weeks of work by only one person. It became a finalist in the Grand Prize and Excellence in Design after 11 weeks of work. And it won both after 15 weeks."

Along the way, one-man team Schatz "will show how design-by-brownian-motion can not only lead to a better finished product, but a faster schedule as well", as "Monaco's fanciest tech tricks and failed experiments will be revealed."

Elsewhere, Radiangames' Schneider will join Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano, Copenhagen Game Productions' Dajana Dimovska, and Nonchalance's Jeff Hull in a talk titled "The Next Steps of Indie: Four Perspectives", which gives attendees "a glimpse into their unexpected paths in the past, and what we can expect from [them in] the future".

The four sequential 15 minute lectures will cover Radiangames' one-game-per-month strategy on Xbox Live Indie Games, Vblank's development of a compelling NES/GTA homage with Retro City Rampage, Copenhagen Game Collective's approach on "making the monitor the mediator" with IGF finalist B.U.T.T.O.N., and Nonchalance's Jejune Institute ARG, "the best real-world game you've never played, happening right underneath our noses".

Limbo, Minecraft, Super Meat Boy Among 11th Annual Choice Awards Nominees

January 12, 2011 2:03 PM | Simon Carless

Organizers have revealed the finalists for the 11th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the leading peer-based video game industry event celebrating the industry's top games and developers.

Nominations for games released in 2010 are led by indie developer Playdead's Xbox Live Arcade hit Limbo. The evocative monochrome puzzle platformer, which was winner of last year's Independent Game Festival Awards for Visual Art and Technical Excellence, received seven Choice Awards nominations in all, including one for Game of the Year.

The indie stand-out is closely followed by two other Game of the Year nominees, Rockstar San Diego's western-themed open-world adventure game, Red Dead Redemption, with six nominations in total, and BioWare's emotionally-charged science fiction adventure Mass Effect 2, with five nominations.

Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops and Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood also received multiple nominations, including one each for Game of the Year.

And, showcasing the diversity of the 'for developers, by developers' awards, other retail and digital games receiving multiple nominations include Double Fine's Costume Quest, SCE Santa Monica's God of War III¸ Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, Uber Entertainment's Monday Night Combat and Team Meat's Super Meat Boy.

Swedish developer Mojang's Minecraft was also a multiple nominee, receiving three Game Developers Choice nominations, particularly notable because of a concurrent-year first: the game is also a finalist for this year's Independent Games Festival, where it also received three nominations.

2011 Independent Games Festival Announces Student Showcase Winners

January 10, 2011 5:03 AM | Simon Carless

The Independent Games Festival has announced the eight Student Showcase winners for the thirteenth annual presentation of its prestigious awards, celebrating the brightest and most innovative creations to come out of universities and games programs from around the world in the past year.

This year's showcase of top student talent include slapstick physical comedy adventure Octodad, from DePaul University's Team DGE2, University of Montreal student Richard E. Flanagan's boldly styled Myst-like adventure Fract, and Tiny and Big, an ambitious, comic-book styled 3D action platformer from Germany's School of Arts and Design Kassel.

In total, this year's Student Competition took in more than 280 game entries across all platforms -- PC, console and mobile -- from a wide diversity of the world's most prestigious universities and games programs, a 47% increase from entrants in the 2010 Festival, making the Student IGF one of the world's largest showcases of student talent.

All of the Student Showcase winners announced today will be playable on the Expo show floor at the historic 25th Game Developers Conference, to be held in San Francisco starting February 28th, 2011. Each team will receive a $500 prize for being selected into the Showcase, and will are finalists for an additional $2,500 prize for Best Student Game, revealed during the Independent Games Festival Awards on March 2nd.

In conjunction with this announcement, IGF organizers are also revealing that this year's Independent Games Festival Awards at GDC will be hosted by Anthony Carboni. Carboni is host and producer of Bytejacker, the acclaimed indie and downloadable game video show and website, and one of the most enthusiastic and devoted followers of the independent game scene.

The full list of Student Showcase winners for the 2011 Independent Games Festival, along with 'honorable mentions' to those top-quality games that didn't quite make it to finalist status, are as follows:

Feature: Top Freeware Adventure Games 2010

January 7, 2011 12:00 PM | Tim

[From now until mid-January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2010, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category. Previously: Top 10 Experimental Games, Top 10 Shoot 'em Ups, Top 10 Role-Playing Games, Top 10 Freeware Puzzlers]

The fifth of our in-depth 2010 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog (after the overall Top 10 we did for Gamasutra and the 10 Indie Games for '11 article), we're proud to present ten of the best freeware adventure games released in 2010.

Help solve a murder case, find mythical artifacts in a desolate world, escape from a haunted mansion, and rescue a friend who is in need of your help. These are some of the things that you'll be doing in our countdown of the best interactive fiction works, visual novels, and point-and-click adventure games released during the last twelve months.

Here are the top freeware adventure games of the year:

Game Maker Blog Presents: 100 Game Maker Games in 10 Minutes (2010)

January 7, 2011 12:00 AM | Michael Rose


The Game Maker Blog has posted up its yearly 100 Game Maker Games in 10 Minutes video, showcasing 100 of the best indie titles made with Game Maker last year.

Plenty of the games on show were featured here on IndieGames, including the likes of Super Crate Box, Desktop Dungeons and Hydorah - in fact, around 40 of them, if my rough counting is anything to go by.

Make sure you head over to the Game Maker Blog for a full rundown of every game on display.

Resonant Indie Game Soundtrack Albums of 2010

January 5, 2011 11:00 PM | jeriaska

Game soundtrack albums offer us an opportunity to examine in depth the added emotional nuance that music scores lend to our games. In 2010 high profile releases included albums for Bit.Trip Core/Runner/Void/Fate, Flower, The Path, Penumbra, and Zeno Clash. For those adventurous enough to make a purchase based on brief samples or personal experience with the game, each item is worth investigating.

A trend more visible in recent months has been the use of online services for distributing music without cost to the developer. Bandcamp proved to be a particularly game-friendly platform, with both Plants vs Zombies and Super Meat Boy albums claiming top spots on online sales charts, together with Disasterpeace's chiptune vision quest Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar. The convenience of SoundCloud made it a popular option in 2010 for sharing videogame tracks, Pause Music offered intriguing low-fi scores alongside their chip music EPs, and OverClocked ReMix threw their hat into the soundtrack album ring.

Below are the albums of 2010 that resonated most with me, listed alphabetically. Appended are suggestions for further listening, all of which is either downloadable or streaming online for free in its entirety.

Feature: Top Freeware Role-Playing Games 2010

January 4, 2011 8:00 PM | Tim

[From now until mid-January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2010, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category. Previously: Top 10 Experimental Games, Top 10 Shoot 'em Ups]

The third of our in-depth 2010 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog (after the overall Top 10 we did for Gamasutra and the 10 Indie Games for '11 article), we're proud to present ten of the best freeware role-playing games released in 2010.

Here we have a couple of interesting indie-developed freeware RPGs for you to look at. One requires the player to control nine party members at the same time, another deals with insanity, and there's even a roguelike game that is set in the middle of a zombie outbreak apocalypse.

Here are the top freeware role-playing games of the year:

2011 Independent Games Festival Announces Excellence in Design Jury

December 29, 2010 6:36 PM | Simon Carless

Organizers of the 2011 Independent Games Festival are pleased to announce the jury panel that will determine the finalists and winner of its Excellence in Design award, a category which seeks to highlight the innovation and quality of the underlying blueprint of each entered game -- component parts like its mechanic design, level design, and difficulty balancing.

Prior finalists and winners of the IGF Excellence in Design Award have included 2D Boy's cartoon construction puzzler World of Goo, KranX's music construction puzzler Musaic Box, and Pocketwatch Games' abstracted multiplayer heist game Monaco.

This year, the jury will receive recommendations from the wider body of over 150 IGF Main Competition judges (itself including notable former IGF winners, finalists and indie game notables including Justin Smith, Ben Ruiz, Eric Zimmerman and Wiley Wiggins) as they consider the merits of each of the five finalists and eventual award winner.

The jury consists of the following:

- Dylan Cuthbert (co-founder and designer at Q-Games, creators of the PixelJunk series of games.)
- George Fan (designer of games including Plants Vs. Zombies and the IGF award winning Insaniquarium.)
- Kyle Gray (designer of Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, co-founder Tomorrow Corporation and Experimental Gameplay Project.)
- Robin Hunicke (designer and producer on games including MySims & Boom Blox, currently working on Journey at thatgamecompany.)
- Gary Penn (creative head at Denki, designer on games including Grand Theft Auto, Crackdown, Quarrel & Denki Blocks.)
- Kris Piotrowski (co-founder & creative director at Capy, creators of games including Critter Crunch, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes.)
- Petri Purho (designer of the IGF award winning Crayon Physics Deluxe.)
- Margaret Robertson (former editor of Edge Magazine and consultant, now designer and development director at Hide&Seek)
- Adam Saltsman (co-founder of Semi Secret Software, creators of Wurdle, Gravity Hook HD & Canabalt.)
- Andy Schatz (founder of Pocketwatch Games, creators of the IGF nominated Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa and the IGF award winning Monaco.)
- Mare Sheppard (co-founder of Metanet Software, creators of N.)
- Randy Smith (co-owner and designer at Tiger Style, creators of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, former designer on the Thief series.)

Desktop Features

Project Zomboid's Chris Simpson's guide to alpha funding
-July 17, 2013 11:40 PM

Five PR tips indies really need
-July 16, 2013 10:50 AM

Avoiding work for hire, with Dear Esther's Pinchbeck
-July 12, 2013 1:05 PM

Indie Games Summit at GDC Europe debuts line-up, adds Gamescom perk
-July 10, 2013 11:40 AM

'A special mixture of courage and stupidity' - The Team2Bit story so far
-July 1, 2013 1:50 PM

What indie game festivals do for the big publishers
-June 25, 2013 3:30 AM

'We knew we were kind of making a deal with the devil'
-June 21, 2013 1:14 AM

GDC Europe's Indie Summit adds Ridiculous Fishing, Badland postmortems
-June 20, 2013 1:49 PM

Video: Shipping Retro City Rampage on 17 SKUs at once
-June 16, 2013 6:15 PM

Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Toki Tori 2+, Teslagrad, Sentinel, and more release info
-June 2, 2013 11:56 AM

'Taking genre conventions as your starting point is kinda boring'
-May 31, 2013 11:20 PM

Video: Over 20 amazing demos at GDC 2013's Experimental Gameplay Workshop
-May 21, 2013 5:50 PM

La-Mulana's Takumi Naramura on the difficult life of a Japanese indie
-May 10, 2013 10:51 AM

Indie development in the 1990s: The Game-Maker story
-May 8, 2013 2:37 PM

Video: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013
-May 7, 2013 6:07 PM

Austin Wintory Interview: The Gentleman's Private Collection
-May 3, 2013 11:00 AM

A MAZE. Indie Connect - German Indie Festival - 2nd Encounter
-May 3, 2013 2:10 AM

The Perfect Woman is one who can adjust to the Kinect's bad interface
-May 2, 2013 1:53 PM

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

Kickstarter: Stonehearth, gorgeous sandbox strategy that also appeals to D&D fans
-April 30, 2013 12:52 PM

Game Dev Tycoon fights piracy with piracy
-April 30, 2013 9:00 AM

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

Mayhem Triple: An indie's own personal Duke Nukem Forever
-April 19, 2013 2:38 AM

Black Annex: A QBasic game for the 21st century
-April 18, 2013 3:10 PM

PC Release: Papo & Yo - a puzzle/platformer that deals with a very difficult issue
-April 18, 2013 12:20 PM

Don't Sh!t Your Pants for Cellar Door's upcoming Rogue Legacy action-platformer
-April 18, 2013 3:10 AM

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

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
-April 12, 2013 2:55 AM

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 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
-March 27, 2013 10:35 PM

Indies question whether journalists should be our game curators
-March 26, 2013 2:01 PM

Road to the IGF: Michael Lee on mindful xp
-March 24, 2013 4:00 PM

Dwarf Fortress: A game that will live forever?
-March 24, 2013 12:00 PM

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
-March 21, 2013 6:23 PM

Road to the IGF: Arcane Kids' Zineth
-March 21, 2013 3:12 PM

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

3DS homebrew without piracy may work, thanks to Goodbye Galaxy Games' Indi3DS
-February 19, 2013 2:45 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

Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's VESPER.5
-February 16, 2013 8:00 PM

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

Top 10 Indie Platformers of 2012 (Paid)
-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
-January 30, 2013 6:00 AM

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

The mysterious Quake-inspired game from the dev behind Dustforce
-January 22, 2013 1:30 AM

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

Road to the IGF: Blendo Games' Thirty Flights of Loving
-January 19, 2013 8:00 PM

Paradox CEO: New devices, open platforms offer key chances for indies
-January 19, 2013 4:00 AM

As release looms, Antichamber dev reflects on emotional rollercoaster
-January 18, 2013 9:00 PM

Top 10 (Free) Experimental Games of 2012
-January 17, 2013 9:00 AM

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

Top 10 Free Puzzle Games for 2012
-January 11, 2013 2:00 PM

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

Indie Royale co-ownership shifts to Tenshi Ventures
-January 10, 2013 2:13 PM

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

Console Features

Duck Game for Ouya: stow your bow at home, for this is a gunfight!
-May 14, 2014 3:20 PM

Five PR tips indies really need
-July 16, 2013 10:50 AM

Indie Games Summit at GDC Europe debuts line-up, adds Gamescom perk
-July 10, 2013 11:40 AM

OUYA indie postmortem: 8,000 downloads and 46 sales for Bombball
-July 5, 2013 12:42 PM

What indie game festivals do for the big publishers
-June 25, 2013 3:30 AM

'We knew we were kind of making a deal with the devil'
-June 21, 2013 1:14 AM

GDC Europe's Indie Summit adds Ridiculous Fishing, Badland postmortems
-June 20, 2013 1:49 PM

Video: Shipping Retro City Rampage on 17 SKUs at once
-June 16, 2013 6:15 PM

Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Toki Tori 2+, Teslagrad, Sentinel, and more release info
-June 2, 2013 11:56 AM

Video: Over 20 amazing demos at GDC 2013's Experimental Gameplay Workshop
-May 21, 2013 5:50 PM

Sony tells us what's going on with the PlayStation Vita
-May 16, 2013 12:33 AM

As Vita languishes, why is Sony still gunning for indies?
-May 12, 2013 12:34 AM

La-Mulana's Takumi Naramura on the difficult life of a Japanese indie
-May 10, 2013 10:51 AM

Video: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013
-May 7, 2013 6:07 PM

Austin Wintory Interview: The Gentleman's Private Collection
-May 3, 2013 11:00 AM

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

CastleMiner Z dev's response to "The 8 keys to indie success"
-April 16, 2013 6:29 PM

Lessons from The Unfinished Swan's unique development journey
-April 2, 2013 8:00 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

What happened to PlayStation Mobile?
-March 22, 2013 6:04 PM

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

Indie Game Developer Quality-of-Life Survey Results
-March 21, 2013 12:55 PM

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

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

Which indies are working on PS4 games, and why?
-February 25, 2013 2:59 AM

Happy Birthday, PlayStation Vita! Four-game giveaway to one lucky winner
-February 22, 2013 3:50 PM

3DS homebrew without piracy may work, thanks to Goodbye Galaxy Games' Indi3DS
-February 19, 2013 2:45 PM

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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
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The journey to create Journey -- the quest for emotion
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Paradox CEO: New devices, open platforms offer key chances for indies
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Super Crate Box, Thomas Was Alone devs share on new site stories of being bullied
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Joe Danger is a rare example of console-to-mobile done right
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Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 1
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PlayStation Mobile opens the floodgates for all game developers
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Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
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Dust: An Elysian Tail Dev Bit the Bullet, Cut a Third of the Game
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Sound Shapes Q&A: Prototyping for PlayStation Consoles
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Mobile Features

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IGF 2013 Audience Award Opens Voting
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Shade, and the future of interactive fiction on the App Store
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Video: How to function as a depressed, solo game developer
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Road to the IGF: Simogo's Year Walk
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Road to the IGF: Lucky Frame's Bad Hotel
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Why they're playing: Hundreds
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Interview: The 411 on Indie Speed Run
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Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2
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The 9 Common Mistakes Every Indie Game Studio Should Avoid
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F*ck This Jam Gets Personal: Devs Parody Curiosity, Facebook, and YouTube
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Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
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Even Canabalt's Creator Can't Explain its Success
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The Secret to Spider's Success: New Forms of Collaboration
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Terry Cavanagh and the Heart of Super Hexagon
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A New Record for IGF Submissions at Nearly 600 Games
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Video: Is Your Game 'Juicy' Enough?
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Gree Launches New Program to Support, Promote Indie Devs
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GDC 2013 Indie Games Summit Call for Submissions
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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
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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
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Ask IndieGames: Which genres do you want to see indie developers tackle?
-August 5, 2012 8:00 AM

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GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
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Why a Key Trials Evolution Coder Went Independent
-June 22, 2012 3:00 AM

Letter From The Chairman: Welcome back (soon!) for IGF 2013
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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
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Dev Tech Tops Wii U as "Open and Flexible," Uses Gadgets You Already Own
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Ask IndieGames: How Do I Get You Guys To Pay Attention To My Press Release?
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FPS Games and Imitation: What Should Return and What Must Go
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Ask Indie Devs: FPS Games and Innovation
-May 11, 2012 3:00 PM

Exploring Parallel 3D Space and Time with Oliver & Spike
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Bieg and Nasser on Sexy Joysticks and Subversion in Swordfight
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Final Fantasy to Snow White: Composer Kumi Tanioka's Independent Vision
-March 1, 2012 5:00 PM

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-February 26, 2012 5:07 PM

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

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