New Humble Bundle launched to support IGF chairman Brandon Boyer

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A "very special" Humble Bundle popped up yesterday, this time in support of Independent Games Festival chairman Brandon Boyer. A Bundle of Love for Brandon includes 32 games and soundtracks packaged together to support Boyer, who was diagnosed with cancer late last year.

IGF award nominees announced. Papers, Please and Stanley Parable lead the pack

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The finalists for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival has been announced, and we’re pleased to see some great games from 2013 are getting the recognition they deserve. In particular, Lucas Pope’s brilliant Papers, Please has been nominated for four awards and The Stanley Parable has been nominated for three awards.

The IGF continues to grow, and 650 entries fought for the judges' love this year. Voting for the audience award winner will begin on February 18 ahead of the final award ceremony on March 19. In addition to the nominations, the honorable mention category gives a boost to a number of great PC games: Don’t Starve received an honorable mention for excellence in visual art, and Kerbal Space Program got an honorable mention slot for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Read on for the list of nominees.

Indie roguelike Catacomb Kids heads to IGF 2014 with twitch combat and inevitable death

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Despite its childish name and the youth of its protagonists, Catacomb Kids looks seriously brutal. It's a new platformer with randomly generated levels in the flavor of Spelunky, but it adds offensive magic and a delightfully retro art style to the mix. Now that the game, developed entirely by solo developer Tyriq Plummer, has been sent to IGF 2014, we can bask in the warm glow of its submission trailer.

Valve and the IGF team up again to bring 2014's finalists to Steam

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The Independent Games Festival has renewed its deal with Valve to give shortlisted finalists of the 2014 IGF Awards an automagical Golden Ticket onto Steam. All main competition finalists will be offered a distribution deal, whether they're nominated in the individual Excellence categories, the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, or the Nuovo Award. "Nuovo" being IGF speak for "kinda weird".

GDC 2013: IGF and GDC Award winners revealed

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This year's GDC has been the source of many interesting industry tidbits. But forget them for now, because it also hosted two award shows last night. Shiny, slightly crass and easily digestible in a handy list format - we've got all the winners from the Independent Games Festival Awards and Game Developers Choice Awards right here. Did Hotline Miami's masked protagonist beat the living snot out of the FTL crew for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize? Did Incredipede's creepy-crawly monstrosities scare away the other Visual Art nominees? Did any game not called Journey win a GDC Award? Read on to find out.

GDC 2013: all the stories in one place

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The annual Game Developers Conference is underway in San Francisco. What can we expect? Candid retrospectives? Shock reveals? Will David Cage's Giant Floating Man Face do battle with Nvidia's Giant Floating Man Face above a flaming pit?

We'll be bringing you all the latest from the frontlines and keeping this page updated with all the stories so far.

Kentucky Route Zero Act I released, get your magical realist adventure gaming here

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Games Set in Caves are the new Games Not Set in Caves - I'm calling it now. Between Knytt Underground, Double Fine's The Cave, Cavenaut, and probably a million other gloomy splelunking games, the humble hole in the ground has been getting a lot of love of late. We can now add IGF nomineeKentucky Route Zero to the list. It's a beautiful adventure game about a "secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky", and its first act has just been released for $7.

2013 Independent Games Festival main competition finalists announced

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The shortlist for the 15th IGF award finalists has been revealed. There were more than 580 entries this year, across an incredibly diverse range of genres, requiring the attention of some 200 judges to help pare down the games into seven award categories, with five nominees apiece.

Valve offering Steam distribution deals for IGF 2013 finalists

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Budding gamesmiths submit their homebrewed sweat-and-code for recognition and reward during each year's Independent Games Festival, but keeping outreach strong after the competition's close often turns challenging for these small teams. No more: In an announcement released today on the festival's official website, the organizers revealed Valve will offer Steam distribution deals to all finalists of each of the seven award categories. Yep, all of them.

FTL is coming to Steam, Kickstarter campaign has five days left

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The exciting spaceship command roguelike, FTL, will be getting Steam release. This is very good news for the developers, and it also means that players who have access to the beta build will be able to get the latest version of the game through Steam.

The Steam deal was mentioned in the latest developer diary above, spotted on Evil Avatar. FTL was one of the highlights of last year's submissions to the Independent Games Festival. As a ship's commander, you must jump from system to system in an unpredictable universe, commanding your crew and fixing your ship as it faces attack from enemy vessels, solar flares and fuel drought.

Introversion's Chris Delay on shifting from Subversion to Prison Architect: "I wanted to build Alcatraz"

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One week ago, Introversion dramatically announced that they have shifted development away from their procedural bank-heist sim, Subversion to work a completely new game for submission to the Independent Games Festival. Their new game is called Prison Architect. It lets players construct and maintain high security prisons. We got in touch with Introversion's Chris Delay to find out why the team decided to put Subversion on hold, how they made the decision to drop a game that they've been working on for years, and what inspired them to make Prison Architect instead.

IGF announces 2012 main competition entrants, explodes with indie goodness

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Battlefield and Modern Warfare may be about to go off to modern battlewar (on a field), but the gaming world is (thankfully) much, much larger than that. Case in point: the Independent Games Festival's main competition, which has a whopping 570 games vying for top honors.

Introversion submitting new game to IGF, Subversion on hold

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Chris Delay of Introversion has just posted a surprising blog entry on the Introversion site. "A few hours ago I submitted Introversion’s latest game to the IGF 2012," he writes. "This game was NOT Subversion."

Subversion is the game that the creators of Uplink, Defcon and Darwinia have been working on for the last few years. They've shown tech demos here and there, revealing an incredibly ambitious project in which players must rob bank vaults in procedurally generated cities. It's gorgeous, exciting, and now on hold for the foreseeable future.

The Sunday Video Pwn

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We all knew that CoD:BLOPS was a pretty poor offering design-wise from Treyarch, but this video really shows the extent to which the game's multplayer is broken. Here, 500 kills are racked up in one game alone, thanks to the abuse of the spawn points, a helicopter gun-ship and a ballistic knife. The commentary gives a good overview of just what's going wrong here.

Voting now open for the IGF Audience Award

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Here's your chance to vote for your favourite indie game of the past year in the Independent Games Festival Audience Awards. The 30-game shortlist has been whittled down from 391 entries, and includes games like Amnesia, Minecraft, Cave Story and more. Read on for the full shortlist and instructions on how to vote.

IGF Student Showcase winners announced

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The Independent Games Festival Student Showcase winners have been chosen. Previous winners include Narbacular Drop, the creators of which went on to work on Portal. Another winner, Tag, created the paint mechanic that will be in Portal 2. This year the eight games represent the best of an extremely strong field of new and inventive indie entries. You'll find details of the games below, most of which are free to download and play.