The organizers of the 2009 Tokyo Game Show are reminding that indie game submissions into the second Sense Of Wonder Night
, an event showcasing innovative independent games, are due by this Sunday, August 16th.
The inaugural Sense Of Wonder Night, created by industry association CEDEC, TGS organizers Nikkei BP and the Kiyoshi Shin-headed IGDA Japan chapter, took place last October during Tokyo Game Show 2008.
Gamasutra sister site GameSetWatch has a comprehensive write-up
of the initial event, which was inspired by the GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop in format, and had each set of creators showing and explaining their games for 10 minutes, with Japanese-English and English-Japanese translation.
Some of the highlights from last year's Sense Of Wonder Night included Daniel Benmergui's Moon Stories
, Q-Games' PixelJunk Eden
and USC's The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom
, and a full set of presentation videos
for the games are available on YouTube.
The jury for this year's Sense Of Wonder Night, which takes place on the evening of September 25th, includes Katamari Damacy
and Noby Noby Boy
creator Keita Takahashi, Enterbrain's 'Maker' series director Kenji Sugiuchi, and Gamasutra publisher/IGF Chairman Simon Carless, as well as a new addition, noted 'dojin' game creator, ABA Games' Kenta Cho.
The creators of the selected games will get free Tokyo Game Show 2009 Business Day entry passes (the major Japanese video game show's business-only days are September 24th-25th, with public days on Sept. 26th-27th.)
Makers of the winning games also receive invitations to the TGS Forum set of business lectures, and an opportunity to present their game in front of an international audience at the second Sense Of Wonder Night.
Tokyo Game Show organizers have now opened submissions for this year's SOWN, and the deadline is Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Information on the event and how you can submit your game is available on the English-language Sense Of Wonder Night webpage