This Week In Indie: Awesomenauts Winners, IGF 2013 And Vitrium
Well I hoped you enjoyed Women’s Day. We’re here with another edition of This Week In Indie. As always we have some news, the announcement of the previous week’s indie game giveaway winners and other awesome indie developments. Let’s get on with the show and get on with the gritty of indie, and all such other interesting tidbits. Firstly, we have some news about IGF 2013 and what will be going on with the next awards ceremony dedicated to indie games.
Well the organisers of the Independent Games Festival have officially announced the opening for entries into next year’s awards festival which will run from the 25th to the 29th of March. Starting off in GDC 2013 which be held in San Francisco. Submissions for the main competition must be made by the 17th of October, and for the student showcase by the 31st of October. Outlines and rules for the competition have been changed with re-entries from previous finalists being found null and void. Particularly in the case of Fez which has won two awards now, one from 2008 and one Grand Prize this year.
Now with Quantum Conundrum out of the way, it’s obvious that other puzzle first person shooters in said style, and reminiscent of Portal, will begin to pop up. Vitrium takes deep inspiration from both Portal, Quantum Conundrum and the likes of Q.U.B.E. In the game, currently being developed by Brazilian developer 9heads Game Studios, you take on the role of an android in room by room puzzles, with many ‘crystals’ to oppose you. It looks very exciting indeed. Watch the video above to get an idea about what I’m talking about.
Onwards, to the winners for the game Awesomenauts. There were of course two Steam codes available to win for the game, and two lucky winners. Winners were chosen by random comment and should in due course receive their codes. I am only one man, and so I will eventually get the codes to you. Well, the winners for Awesomenauts are: Martin Grondein and Kyle Schultz. Well done, I hope you enjoy Awesomenauts and have a most bodacious time as well.
The indie giveaway for this coming week is for the game Deponia, which is a point and click adventure, from Daedalic Entertainment. Daedalic Entertaimnet previously developed the point and click adventure The Whispered World. This what the developers had to say about Deponia:
Deponia is a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways: The new adventure game from the makers of The Whispered World, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout and A New Beginning is brought to life with detailed hand-painted backgrounds in widescreen format and top-quality cartoon animation.
The game is now available on Steam, and we have two Steam keys to give away. The two winners will be decided by random comment, and will need to leave an e-mail address in the comments section below along with their comment. Terms and conditions apply as usual with preference give to South African entrants.
Another week has flown by and finding time to play games is always a tough task. I find that to be my biggest problem of late. Especially when it comes to indie games, and the plethora of a games I have to get through. Anyway, I hope you guys have a weekend filled with indie goodness, and remember to keep it real and indie.