Welcome to another edition of This Week In Indie, and there has been much happening this week which is quite unusual in terms of indie news. But as a result, it means we have a lot to talk about and discuss with great variety this time around. This week, we have the announcement of IGM 2012, Indie Games of The Year Awards, the introduction of Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight and the release of Indie Royale’s Stuffing Bundle earlier this week. Well, let’s get on with the show.
The end of 2012 is nearing to a close and now it’s time for users to vote in IGM 2012 for what they consider to be the best indie games released this year. The awards are given out by Indie Game Magazine (IGM), and the awards are based on votes, so get to it and vote by following the link provided. Voting will end on December 31st 2012. There are a few games in the voting polls that we here at eGamer have had the pleasure of reviewing, and we’ll definitely be supporting them. With the likes of Journey, Awesomenauts, Fez and Dust an Elysian Tale. So do have a look and vote for what you like from the games selected.
Well, what exactly is Amnesia Fortnight you may be asking? It is Double Fine’s internally fortnightly project where Tim Schafer would pick a new project idea for the studio to develop into a full fledged games from a bunch of projects pitched by developers in the team, through the creation of a game protoype made over the duration of two weeks. However this year, Tim Schafer decided to open the doors of Double Fine to the public and allow the gaming public to vote for the prototypes they deem worthy to become a full fledged game. It is described as such:
Amnesia Fortnight is the name for Double Fine’s annual prototyping period. They take two weeks off from whatever they’re working on, split the company into small teams, and each team gets two weeks to make a game. They do this to test out new ideas, and to test out new project leaders who feel ready to have a project of their own. Many of the games Double Fine has released in the last few years have come from the Amnesia Fortnight process. As Tim Schafer says, “it’s really a great morale boost for the team, and a highly effective way to develop new game ideas.” Double Fine wants you to be a part of Amnesia Fortnight! You can vote for the ideas that get made into prototypes, which will be live streamed during the development process. In addition, 2 Player Productions will be filming the process and posting videos daily. That means you get to see all these games come together from scratch in front of your eyes!
We, the public, will essentially become part of the development process, which is quite cool. There are 23 game ideas and after voting ends the top 4 games will be turned into prototypes. Eventually, the prototypes will be released as part of a bundle through Humble Bundle, DRM-free.
In honour of Thanksgiving Day, Indie Royale has released a new bundle called The Stuffing Bundle. All of the games in the bundle are made available DRM-free for Desura, Windows and Steam. Games included in the bundle are: The Dream Machine: Chapters 1-3, Puzzle Agent 2, Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition, Anomaly: Warzone Earth and Adventure Apes and the Mayan Mystery. The current minimun for the the bundle is $ 5.56. However, if you pay more than the average at around $ 8 or more, you can receive extra bonuses like OSTs for some of the games included in the bundle. This is quite a nice added incentive to purchase the bundle. Indie Royale will be releasing more seasonal bundles in the future, so that’s something to look forward to.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. I’m off to go play games and be merry. The festive season is soon upon us, and remember to play some indie games while you’re at it. Remember to keep it real and indie. See you again next week.