Independent Games Festival Awards Winners

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)

Brummies win Gold at Championship Gaming Series

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.