About The IGF

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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About The IGS

Featuring lectures, postmortems and roundtables from some of the most notable independent game creators around, the Independent Games Summit is a yearly event, with iterations thus far taking place in March 2007, February 2008, March 2009 and March 2010 at Game Developers Conference.

UBM TechWeb (which curates the IGF and runs GDC) plans to continue and grow the Independent Games Summit in subsequent years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A general FAQ to answer most of the common questions asked, such as running Game Maker games on Vista, unzipping files with .RAR or .LZH extensions, and also a solution for users who do not own standard QWERTY layout keyboards (or if the Z, X and C keys aren't located next to each other).



Game Maker Programs

How do I enable the full screen mode for a Game Maker program?

How do I make Game Maker programs work under Windows Vista?


Japanese Games

How do I run Japanese games on my system?

How do I unzip .RAR and .LZH files? Why do I keep getting errors while trying to extract files?


Keyboard Mapping, Controllers

How do I change the keyboard layout from AZERTY to QWERTY (or to ZXC)?

How do I configure a game to accept input from my PC game controller?



Game Maker Programs

How do I enable the full screen mode for a Game Maker program?

Simply press F4 to switch between full screen and windowed mode. This is a standard function for Game Maker programs.

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How do I make Game Maker programs work under Windows Vista?

Here's a tool to convert games created with Game Maker versions 6.0 and 6.1 into a file that is compatible with Windows Vista.

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Japanese Games

How do I run Japanese games on my system?

Open the control panel located under your start menu, then select regional and language options. Choose the languages tab and check the box for East Asian languages installation. Select the advanced tab next and choose Japanese as the default language for non-Unicode programs.

You will then be prompted for the operating system installation CD. The computer has to be restarted once the entire process is completed.

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How do I unzip .RAR and .LZH files? Why do I keep getting errors while trying to extract files?

Download and install 7-Zip in order to extract .RAR and .LZH files, especially zipped Japanese games. This powerful program is free and the download size is under 1MB. If it still doesn't work, try downloading the game again.

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Keyboard Mapping, Controllers

How do I change the keyboard layout from AZERTY to QWERTY?

If the first five letters on your keyboard is AZERTY, or the first three alphabets in the last row of keys are WXC instead of ZXC, you can follow these simple steps to change the configuration to a standard keyboard layout.

Vista users

- Click on the "Start" button, then select "Control Panel"
- Choose "Clock, Language and Region"
- Select "Regional and Language Options", "Installed Services", then "Add"
- Change your keyboard language setting to "English US/UK"
- In the "Keyboard" section, choose "QWERTY" and click on "OK" to apply the changes

XP users

- Click on the "Start" button, select "Settings", then "Control Panel"
- Choose "Regional and Language Options"
- Select the "Languages" tab, then click on the "Details" button
- Under the "Settings" tab, click on the "Add" button for "Installed Services"
- Select "English (United States)" for "Input language"
- Choose "United States-Dvorak" for "Keyboard layout/IME", then click on "OK"
- You can also click on "Key Settings" and change hot key settings to switch between keyboard layouts quickly

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How do I configure a game to accept input from my PC game controller?

There's an
excellent article about the JoyToKey software on the One Switch web site, providing instructions on how to configure the program to accept input from PC game controllers. JoyToKey also offers a solution for emulating an autofire function and substituting keyboard button commands with mouse controls as well.

Owners of an Xbox 360 controller can download Xpadder instead. This useful application also supports other gamepads, with full keyboard and mouse emulation included for gaming or even web browsing purposes.

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