Those who follow the indie game scene (scenes would be more appropriate), today is one of the most exciting days of the year. The IGF (Independent Game Festival) awardees and nominees have just been named, and if you’ve been feeling sad about the state of the game industry lately, it’ll pick you right up.
Games are nominated across five categories (with five nominees and several runners-up, save for new category the “Nuovo award”), and all nominated games are eligible for prize money and Steam deals.
The nominees are:
Excellence In Visual Art
Honorable mentions: Fly’n (Ankama Play); Eleven (Christoffer Hedborg, Datahowler); The Bridge (Ty Taylor and Mario Castaneda); Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell, David Housden and Danny Wallace); Hundreds (Semi Secret feat. aeiowu)
Honorable mentions: Goblet Grotto (thecatamites, j chastain, NEW VADERS); Analogue: A Hate Story (Christine Love); Papo & Yo (Minority Media); The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); 7 Grand Steps (Mousechief)
Excellence In Design
Honorable mentions: Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell, David Housden and Danny Wallace); Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation); Gone Home (The Fullbright Company); Fract OSC (Phosfiend Systems); Dust: An Elysian Tale (Humble Hearts)
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Honorable mentions: Gone Home (The Fullbright Company); Thirty Flights of Loving (Blendo Games); The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh); Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen & Ryan Roth)
Any and all winter blahs can be successfully bested by playing almost any of these. Also note – Anna Anthropy’s (Auntie Pixelante) incredible Dys4ia – a personal game based on Anthropy’s experiences as a transwoman – is nominated in multiple categories. Gaming is finally growing up.
January has traditionally been a slower month, but there are still a couple of interesting possibilities coming up.
First up for gamers with little ones (or drug habits) is Sesame Street Kinect TV Season 2 (for Kinect) – basically an interactive version of the beloved kid’s series. This edition boasts eight 30-minute episodes, and releases today.
Anarchy Reigns finally arrives in the US on January 8 for the PS3 and 360. It’s a sort of Platinum Games (Bayonetta, MadWorld, Vanquish) brawler mash-up featuring characters from some of the developer’s previous titles.
Also on the action list (and arriving on January 15on the PS3 and 360) is DmC – the Devil May Cry reboot from Ninja Theory. Here’s the forecast, from GamesRadar:
On a completely different note, the PS3 will get Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on January 22. It’s a colorful RPG from Level 5 and the insanely talented animators at Studio Ghilbi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).
Finally, Sims fans will be able to relive the “Groovy 70s”, “Awesome 80s” and “Grunge 90s” with The Sims 3 70s, 80s and 90s Stuff. It’s out for PC on January 22.
That’s all, folks. Tune back in next time for the latest!