The Independent Games Festival is a gathering of some of the finest minds in the fertile industry that exist outside the big games publishers. Several hits have come out of the sector over the past year, including World of Goo, Multiwinia, Braid and Tag: The Power of Paint. The latter of that list, Tag, won the Student award, beating out 145 other entrants. Machinarium won the Excellent in Visual Art prize, and the Grand Prize went to exploration-based Blueberry Garden. Here's the full list of winners: Seumas McNally Grand Prize Blueberry Garden, by Erik Svedang Innovation (Nuovo) Award Between, by Jason Rohrer Excellence in Visual Art Machinarium, by Amanita Design Excellence in Audio BrainPipe, by Digital Eel Technical Excellence Cortex Command, by Data Realms Excellence in Design Musaic Box, by KranX Productions Best Student Game Tag: The Power of Paint, by DigiPen Institute of Technology Audience Award Cortex Command, by Data Realms D2D Vision Award Osmos, by Hemisphere Games Each winner walks away with $2,500, with the grand prize winner pocketing $20,000. If you'd like to play any of them, then this week only, Steam is offering discounts of between 10% and 33% off all its independent games. (via BBC)
At last.. There but for the grace of God go some British winners. Champions of the world. Bow before them. Make praise to those that have done what so many have failed to do before. These 10 brave souls have defeated, nay, slain the forces of global competition and emerged the unlikely victors! All hail The Salvo... The mighty Birmingham Salvo. Yes, you heard right. Britain has won a major trophy. Okay, so it's not a sport's trophy, like a Jules Remet or an Olympic medallion.. and it is for winning the World Computer Game Championships.. But.. but it's a trophy god-dammit, and we won it. It deserves celebrating.