The Boing Boing Guide to the 2010 Indie Games Student Showcase


18 Responses to “The Boing Boing Guide to the 2010 Indie Games Student Showcase”

  1. jacord says:

    Nifty, thanks for the reviews, Brandon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good interview with the Devil’s Tuning Fork guys here:

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always found it suspicious that DigiPen is the “Platinum Sponsor” of the student showcase and games from their school always win.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ^ maybe thats because, aside from this year, DigiPen has by far had the best games. This year seems like there is really good competition for them, but the two games this year are extremely fun and well polished, and definitely deserve to win.

  5. Torley says:

    That single screenshot of Boryokudan Rue brings back immersive memories of Access Software’s Tex adventures, including Mean Streets. Some other gems I haven’t heard of ’til now… so thankya Brandon and I’m off to check ‘em out!

  6. Anonymous says:

    ^ maybe that’s because DigiPen has always produced the best games? Aside from this year, the DigiPen games have always been a large step up on all the other games. This year might not be so easy for them, but the two games they have in are both very fun and extremely polished, and definitely deserve to win.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Digipen students do produce some good games, but it is definitely a conflict of interest that the school is the main sponsor of the student award, and that its faculty participates in the judging process.

    Also consider that Digipen owns the IP of the games its students create, So if, say, Valve or Sony or some other publisher expresses an interest in publishing our acquiring some of this IP, Digipen will get its cut.


    Puddle and Puzzle Bloom look awesome! Has anyone here played those yet?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dude digipen is like bootcamp for video game creaters there is no one night to where im up till 12am doing work. This school pushes you to your limits that is why digipen games are so good.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Can you update the igneous video? It’s like 9 months old o_0

  11. Anonymous says:

    Actually, just to clarify, Digipen faculty has been involved in judging the awards in previous years and there was one Digipen judge this year, but they have never (obviously!) been allowed to vote for their own games – they are allocated other titles. And they are one of tens of judges, obviously, so we’re careful on conflict of interest there.

    As for sponsorships, obviously, the student winners are voted on by tens of external judges, and they certainly don’t care about who sponsors the awards.


  12. simonbarsinister says:

    Just watched Pjotre’s pointless life end.
    “There’s no chance for you to win”.
    I’m so depressed now.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I believe Igneous was done through Vancouver Film School – that’s where I first saw it presented.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Ulitsa Dimitrova is very impressive. It’s these kinds of emotionally involving games that expand the art of videogames. And it’s these kinds of games that the ESRB and the censorship organizations of other countries will guarantee will never be seen by most of the public. If the authors attempted to submit their game for classification, it is doubtless that they would find it impossible to release. Just a single adult character smoking can get a game automatically rated M. A child smoking, and indeed the player having to cause the child to smoke, would be entirely unacceptable. The hopelessness of the situation would also be unacceptable. Until it were edited to impart almost no emotional message whatsoever, they would prohibit it from being released with a marketable rating (keep in mind that even in the US, where “there is no videogame censorship”, all 3 console manufacturers have declared that they will never allow an AO rated title to boot on their systems, and circumventing their approval process to make a game run on those systems runs afoul of federal law). It is disgusting that the public has accepted videogame censorship in nearly every western nation. The upcoming generation will be forced to abandon videogames as a medium for any serious expression of art.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Far be it from me to be the guy that asks for tech support in the comments on a post on a third party site, but…

    Has anyone tried Puddle? Has anyone been able to get past the screen asking you to press any button? It works not with gamepad, mouse, or keyboard as far as I can tell.

  16. Anonymous says:

    “I believe Igneous was done through Vancouver Film School – that’s where I first saw it presented.”

    Definitely not, we go to DigiPen ;)

  17. Poe Briggs says:

    I would all kinds of download “Ulitsa Dimitrova” if I had a pc (rather than a mac).

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