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About The IGF 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, 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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Browser Pick: GUI Game (Athletic Design)

April 19, 2014 8:20 PM | John Polson

GUI Game.pngStrip em All and Psychopath Pac-Man developer Athletic Design has released a new puzzler based on a deceptive graphic user interface, the aptly named GUI Game.

PAX preview: stylish and smooth, Hyper Light Drifter impresses

April 19, 2014 10:10 AM | Anthony Swinnich

If I composed a list of my most anticipated games, Hyper Light Drifter would rank toward the top. I was pretty excited to find out it would be at PAX East, because I hadn't yet had the opportunity to give it a shot. Heart Machine had both a single player and multiplayer scenario on hand, and I'm pleased to report that they merely strengthened my desire to play this game.

PAX preview: not crashing in Race The Sun is harder than it seems

April 18, 2014 9:50 PM | Anthony Swinnich

I flew. I flew fast. I crashed. I tried again.

I repeated that process at Flippfly's PAX East 2014 setup for about five minutes straight. After a bit I was getting the hang of things, but the growing line of people behind me were getting impatient. They too would soon know that this game inspires the "one more try" feeling like so many that have come before it.

Trailer Roundup: Space simulations, magnetism, unicycle balancing, and more

April 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Lena LeRay


Here's another collection trailers for games that just came out or are due out in the near future, spread across a wide range of genres. The list is presented in alphabetical order.

Freeware Pick: Maximus Cerebrum (orange08)

April 18, 2014 4:00 PM | Tim

maximusc.pngIn the 2D platformer Maximus Cerebrum, you play as a newly-manufactured robot which was mistakenly given the intelligence to ignore its programmed instructions. The game features multiple paths to explore, although it's impossible to visit all of its available locations in just one playthrough.

Free keys for newly released Life Goes On, Gravi, and Pressure

April 18, 2014 12:45 PM | John Polson

FreekeyFridaysWeek36.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free indie games: Gravi from Hasbang Games (Steam, Windows), Life Goes On from Infinite Monkeys Entertainment ltd. (Windows, Steam, Mac, Linux), and Pressure from Chasing Carrots (Desura, Windows, Mac, Linux). Freekeyfridays was created as a way to garner exposure for indies through giving away a mix of well-known indie games and up-and-coming titles.

There are two ways to win this week.

PAX preview: Whoa Dave! feels like a lost arcade game from the 80s

April 18, 2014 8:30 AM | Anthony Swinnich

It feels like Gaijin Games is publishing Whoa Dave! 30 years later than it should have been. Somewhere between Atari and NES quality graphics, it would have fit right at home in a dark, mall-based arcade, nestled somewhere among the Ms Pac Man and Afterburner machines.

The next step for Twitch: Selling games via the streaming platform

April 17, 2014 9:45 PM | Staff

A landmark moment for video game broadcasting company Twitch today: You can now buy Vlambeer's latest game Nuclear Throne directly through Twitch, the first game to be available for purchase through the service.

If you connect your Twitch account up to the Nuclear Throne website, you can then choose to purchase the game via Twitch. Buying the game through Twitch grants you the ability to chat during subscriber-only mode, says Twitch.

"If you're interested in learning about game development, this is where you should buy the game," reads the blurb.

According to the website, 60 percent of the revenue goes to Vlambeer via the purchase -- this compares to 70 percent through Steam, and 90 percent via Humble Bundle.

Cortex Command Build 30 released: Steam Workshop, better AI, humility included

April 17, 2014 7:45 PM | Tim

cortex30.pngA new build for Data Realm's Cortex Command was just recently released, and with it comes a host of new features like improved squad control, unit and weapon balancing, better AI, plus the much-welcomed Steam Workshop integration. Because Cortex Command was designed for ease of modding from the very beginning, having all of the mods hosted on Steam meant that you can now download user modifications and creations with just the click of a button.

PAX preview: survive waves of enemies in co-op enabled Curses 'N Chaos

April 17, 2014 5:30 PM | Anthony Swinnich

Tribute Games unveiled Curses 'N Chaos at PAX East 2014, and it's everything I'm looking for when it comes to small-scale titles from established studios. It has stylish pixel graphics, well-realized gameplay and is a ton of fun. The most important part, though, and what makes it stand out, is that the game's wave-based gameplay feels pretty unique.

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