Sense of Wonder Night 2010's organizers revealed their list of nine innovative indie games from around the world to be presented at next month's Tokyo Game Show presentation and on the TGS show floor.
Running for three years now, SOWN is an annual event aiming to discover new and unconventional game concepts that "catch people by surprise and give them a Sense of Wonder -- a sense that something will change in their world -- right at the instant of seeing or hearing the concept."
The Japanese groups behind SOWN, CESA and Nikkei Business Publications, hope to give the developers of these titles an opportunity to share their ideas and prototypes with their peers.
Previous notable games that have also been Sense Of Wonder Night exhibitors include Shadow Physics, PixelJunk Eden, The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom,
and Moon Stories
The selected finalists for SOWN 2010
are as follows:
by Gamecenter (Japan)
- Everything Can Draw!
by Mahdi Bahrami (Iran)
- Infinite Blank
by Evan Balster (USA)
- Love press++: Massage for your truelove
by Shirai Laboratory (Japan)
by Game Developers Community in Sapporo (Japan)
- Orfeo: a Game in Music
by Roberto Dillon (Singapore)
- Record Tripping
by Bell Brothers (USA)
- Ulitsa Dimitrova
by Lea Schonfelder and Gerard Delmas (Germany)
by Spaces of Play (Germany)
SOWN's presentations are based on the Game Developers Conference's Experimental Gameplay Workshop format, allowing each developer to take the stage, demonstrate and explain the project, and answer questions for around ten minutes. The games will also be showcased at a special SOWN Pavilion on the show floor for the two Business Days of Tokyo Game Show (Sept. 16th-17th.)
SOWN's screening committee includes dojin developer Kenta Cho (Blast Works
), Enterbrain producer Kenji Sugiuchi (Maker Series), Noby Noby Boy/Katamari Damacy
creator Keita Takahashi, Vector's Takashi Katayama, games journalist and IGDA Japan head Kiyoshi Shin, and Zener Works CTO Onitama.
The SOWN 2010 official presentations will take place on September 17th, from 6:30 to 8:50 PM at the International Conference Hall in Makuhari Messe. You can find more information on the event
at the Tokyo Game Show 2009 site.