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In ECHO, You Become Your Own Worst Enemy

September 25, 2017 8:20 PM | Julia Couture


Fighting Dark Link brings back terrible memories and the thought of an entire game dedicated to this way of mirroring my play style terrifies me. ECHO analyzes your behavior in the game and uses it to train its enemy A.I. against you. Play stealthy and take out your unaware foes? They will come back stealthier than before.

Reminder: The deadline to submit your game to the 2018 IGF is fast approaching

September 25, 2017 4:23 PM | Tim

alt.ctrl.gdcThe submission deadline for the 2018 Independent Games Festival Main Competition ends Monday, October 2nd (10/2) at 11:59 PM PT.

Until then, organizers are accepting submissions for the 2018 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 20th year during GDC 2018 in San Francisco next March.

While the deadline for all submissions to the IGF this year will be October 2nd, the finalists will be announced in early January 2018. Finalists' games will once again be playable at the packed IGF Pavilion on the Game Developers Conference 2018 Expo Floor, and will compete for over $50,000 in prizes.

The Independent Games Festival is the longest-running and highest profile independent video game festival, summit and showcase. It has served as a springboard for several games that have gone on to become critical and cultural hits. Previous IGF prize winners from the past 19 years include Quadrilateral Cowboy, Her Story, Papers, Please, Spelunky, Minecraft, Limbo, World of Goo, Braid, Castle Crashers, Everyday Shooter and many more of the game industry's breakthrough independent titles.

Alt.Ctrl.GDC needs your unique alternative controller games

September 25, 2017 12:23 PM | Tim

alt.ctrl.gdcThe 2018 Game Developers Conference has opened a call for submissions to ALT.CTRL.GDC, that popular on-site special exhibit which highlights unique control methods for playing games.

The perennially popular ALT.CTRL.GDC showcase will take place from March 21 to March 23, 2018 at the Game Developers Conference 2018. The deadline for submissions to the showcase is December 1st, and organizers welcome all indie-centric one-of-a-kind game peripherals, contraptions, and novelties which enhance game experiences and challenge traditional forms of input.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - September 23th, 2017

September 24, 2017 10:22 PM | Christian Valentin


Mysterious landscapes, rowdy train stations, the alluring wild west, and cyberpunk cities all make an appearance in this collection of interesting Screenshot Saturday games.

The New World Takes The CRPG On An Interstellar Journey

September 24, 2017 9:24 PM | Christian Valentin

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Iron Tower's The Age of Decadence let the player role-play in a low-fantasy world of kings, houses, guilds, and myths of ancient magic. It was an RPG where playing to the strengths of your character - ie your silver-tongued conman won't last long in a fight - was key to success, and every quest offered possibilities appealing to those who preferred talk or trickery over combat.

Now their next major RPG The New World leaves the fantasy world behind for the massive confines of a ship travelling through the cosmos for generations.

Niche Wants You To Pick The Strongest Genes For Your Species

September 23, 2017 9:10 PM | Julia Couture


Feeling like you're at the bottom of the food chain? Niche will show you the ways to bring your species to the top. Using real life genetics, you'll take charge of your species and face off against your natural enemies, be it your predators, illnesses, or climate!

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - September 16th, 2017

September 21, 2017 3:43 PM | Christian Valentin


After a short hiatus, Screenshot Saturday Highlights is back with historical horror, ancient battles, low-fi survival, and planetary action, across varied genres.

The Bleak Cyberpunk Future Of Neofeud

September 21, 2017 1:01 PM | Thomas Faust

Neofeud's future is not shiny and chrome, it's a tangled mess of clashing styles. In true cyberpunk fashion, scrapped technology meets body modification and robotics. Consequently, the game's art style is all over the place and its music is infused with old modem dial-up sounds. It's such a wonderful, ambitious mess.

This Visual Novel Explores The Poisonous Power Of An Addictive Relationship

September 21, 2017 7:00 AM | Joel Couture


I Woke Up Next To You Again puts players in a relationship that isn't good for them. Yet everything seems to be fine! You both like each other! You both enjoy each other's company. Yet, something is off about the connection - something that becomes a need that pushes out friends, family, and all other aspects of life just to be with that one person.

Fall Of Light Tasks You With Protecting Your Daughter From Ferocious Enemies

September 20, 2017 9:45 PM | Julia Couture


Fall Of Light takes the challenge of Dark Souls, but from a dungeon crawler perspective. There is also a touch of ICO added into the mix, with players acting as a father trying to bring his daughter to the last place of light in the world, telling a touching story while players deal with ruthless enemies.

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