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Gamasutra - Road to IGF
Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's Corrypt Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [03.14.14]
Designer/artist Michael Brough explains the design process of his Sokoban-esque Corrypt and the value he found in building a game about "making a right mess of the world so that a number can go up."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Hafiz Azman on Rhythm Doctor Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.14.14]
Street dance, the human heart, music composition, and polyrhythms all influence this Rhythm Heaven-like, one-button beat keeper, made by two University of Cambridge students during their vacations.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Tale of Tales' Luxuria Superbia Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [03.14.14]
Tale of Tales spreads sex and joy with its Nuovo Award nominee Luxuria Superbia, and Gamasutra speaks to the creative duo to find out more about the thinking behind it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: John Gottschalk on Westerado  
by John Polson [03.13.14]
While still in school these students convinced Adult Swim Games to host their game, a Legend of Zelda meets Cowboyana Western adventure which emphasizes player agency and "gun-versations."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Albert Shih on Museum of Simulation Technology Exclusive  
by John Polson [03.12.14]
This first-person puzzler that plays with forced perspective made waves at Tokyo Game Show's Sense of Wonder Night in 2013 and then in January with a new tech demo. Now, it's part of the IGF Student Showcase.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Mahdi Bahrami on Engare Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.11.14]
"Engare," Persian for "incomplete pattern," is an upcoming experiment from Mahdi Bahrami, the creator of Bo and Farsh . At only 21, this is his third nod by the Independent Games Festival.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Black Pants' Symmetrain Exclusive  
by John Polson [03.10.14]
Following on the award-winning Tiny & Big, Black Pants' new project is the Student IGF-nominated iOS game Symmetrain.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Jake Muehle on Cyber Heist Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.07.14]
This asymmetrical co-op heist to erase all student debt is like two games in one, where one player engages in first-person stealth action as a thief, and the other solves puzzles and manages resources as a hacker.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Paralect Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [03.06.14]
Gamasutra talks to the aptly-named Paralect Team about its Independent Games Festival-nominated Paralect, which is up for the Excellence in Narrative award.
Indie, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the Student IGF: Gabe Cuzzillo on Foiled Exclusive 1
by John Polson [03.05.14]
Local multiplayer dueler Foiled is "Super Smash Bros meets Nidhogg," with platforming influenced by Super Meat Boy, explains Foiled co-creator Gabe Cuzzillo.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Necrophone Games' Jazzpunk  
by Alex Wawro [02.28.14]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF series of interviews with finalists, we chat with Necrophone Games' Luis Hernandez about comedy in games and the bizarrely charming aesthetic of Jazzpunk.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Robin Arnott's SoundSelf Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [02.27.14]
Our Road to the IGF series continues with Robin Arnott's unique and personal SoundSelf, a synesthetic chanting experience with roots in Burning Man and thoughts about sound and consciousness.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Christian Etter's Drei Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.26.14]
Can community defy gravity -- literally? That's the concept behind Christian Etter's stylish Drei, a collaborative iOS game that gathers strangers to build colorful, irregular towers together.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Lea Schonfelder and Peter Lu's Perfect Woman Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [02.25.14]
Is it possible to become the "perfect woman"? Lea Schonfelder and Peter Lu decided to explore that question in the possibility space opened up by game design with Perfect Woman.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Matt Thorson's Towerfall: Ascension Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.24.14]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF series of interviews with finalists, we chat with designer Matt Thorson about Towerfall: Ascension's intimate, nostalgic local multiplayer experience.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Deirdra Kiai's Dominique Pamplemousse Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [02.21.14]
One look at Kiai's stop motion musical detective adventure game about gender and the economy makes it easy to see why it's nominated for four IGF 2014 awards, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Stoic's The Banner Saga Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [02.19.14]
As part of Gamasutra's Road to the IGF series we interview Stoic's Alex Thomas about The Banner Saga, a beautifully hand-painted PC strategy game set in a bleak world of Nordic fantasy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Jason Roberts' Gorogoa Exclusive 1
by Kris Graft [02.18.14]
With one look at Jason Roberts' puzzle game Gorogoa, you can see why it's a finalist for the Independent Game Festival's Excellence in Visual Arts award.
Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's 868-HACK Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [02.17.14]
We speak to designer/artist Michael Brough about the design process of 868-HACK and the value he finds in employing randomness to design games that can surprise anyone -- even the designer.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Amanita Design's Samorost3  
by Christian Nutt [02.13.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Amanita founder Jakub Dvorský about the studio's enthusiasm for real-world textures and what the studio hopes to achieve with its latest Samorost title.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Arcane Kids' Perfect Stride 3
by Christian Nutt [02.11.14]
Skateboarding mechanics that arise from movement exploits in the FPS genre -- the devs behind Perfect Stride explain how mechanics can lead naturally to genre.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [02.10.14]
Continuing Gamasutra's Road to the IGF series of interviews with nominees, we talk to Klei's Kevin Forbes about Don't Starve, a procedurally-generated survival game with permadeath and a Gorey-inspired art style.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Beyond the finalists: IGF 2014 Best In Visual Art jury picks 1
by Alex Wawro [02.07.14]
We highlight the IGF 2014 entrants that earned at least one vote for the Excellence in Visual Art award from IGF jurors, but didn't reach the critical mass of votes to become a finalist.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, IGF

Road to the IGF: Simogo's DEVICE 6 Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.05.14]
Continuing Gamasutra's Road to the IGF series of interviews with nominated developers, we talk to Simogo's Simon Flesser about DEVICE 6, a stylish and surreal narrative-driven iOS puzzle game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, Mobile Games, IGF

Road to the IGF: Lucas Pope's Papers, Please Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.04.14]
Continuing our series of Road to the IGF interviews with nominees, we talk to Lucas Pope about Papers, Please, the piquant border control simulator nominated for multiple accolades.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Paper Dino's Save the Date Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [02.03.14]
In our latest Road to the IGF interview, Save the Date creator Chris Cornell explains how "Groundhog Day" and an awkward conversation about dating sims spawned an IGF award contender.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Galactic Cafe's The Stanley Parable Exclusive 2
by Mike Rose [01.31.14]
In this latest Road to the IGF interview, Wreden and Pugh discuss how they made The Stanley Parable, and what AAA companies like Valve could be doing to better highlight and nurture the modding community.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Untame's Mushroom 11  
by Kris Graft [01.30.14]
Mushroom 11 is a game about a blob. It's also the kind of game that developer Itay Keren has always wanted to make.
Indie, Video, IGF

Don't miss our Road to the IGF finalist Q&A series  
by Kris Graft [01.30.14]
It's that time of year again: This week, we've started publishing our Road to the IGF series of interviews with Independent Games Festival Finalists. Don't miss them!
Indie, IGF

Road to the IGF: Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll's The Yawhg Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [01.29.14]
Continuing our Road to the IGF series of interviews with finalists, we talk to Damien Sommer about The Yawgh, a local multiplayer choose-your-own adventure game latticed with depth and beauty.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Beyond the finalists: IGF 2014 Best In Narrative jury picks  
by Alex Wawro [01.29.14]
We highlight the IGF 2014 entrants that earned at least one vote for the Best In Narrative award from an IGF juror, but didn't reach the critical mass of votes to become a finalist.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, IGF

Road to the IGF: Lazy 8 Studios' Extrasolar Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [01.28.14]
As part of Gamasutra's Road to the IGF series, Rob Jagnow discusses how his love of ARGs shaped Extrasolar, and how he's been secretly terrified of how people will react to the game throughout development.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Brace Yourself Games' Crypt of the NecroDancer Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [01.27.14]
Kicking off Gamasutra's 2014 Road to the IGF series, Ryan Clark explains how "Thriller" influenced the design of NecroDancer, and why it's important to find the perfect beat you're building a rhythm game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Beyond the finalists: IGF 2014 Best In Audio jury picks  
by Alex Wawro [01.14.14]
We highlight the IGF 2014 entrants that earned at least one vote for the Best In Audio award from an IGF juror, but didn't reach the critical mass of votes to become a finalist.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, IGF