The Game Developer’s Conference takes San Francisco by storm next week. Every year, game developers large and small gather to talk shop, show off their wares, and pick up a lesson or two from like minded auteurs.
There'll be plenty of highlights and suprise reveals, but one event is always a treat for developers and gamers alike: the 14th Annual Independent Games Festival, and its Awards Ceremony.
The ceremony honors the best indie titles from finalists of seven categories, including Excellence in Design, Visual Art, and Audio.
A total of $60,000 is awarded to the winners, with $30,000 going towards the coveted Seumas McNally Grand Prize. The recepient of the Seumas McNally award also gets a publishing deal, to release the game on Xbox 360, PC, and Windows Phone 7 -- Mojang won the prize in 2011, with Minecraft.
We managed to get in touch with a few of the nominees, including from thechineseroom, who've developed first-person ghost story Dear Esther, and Mode 7 Hames, the minds behind the turn-based, tactical game Frozen Synapse. We even managed to get a hold of Mossmouth's elusive Derek Yu!
You'll definitely want to head over to the Independent Games Festival website to check out all of the nominees, and play a few of the games that are in the running. And be sure to check back with Game On: the awards ceremony is on March 7th, but we'll be going behind the scenes and seeing what makes a few of these developers tick.