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IGF 2009: finalists for the innovation award

My recent posts on the IGF finalists for the innovation award have been a really fun experience. I really appreciate the reactions of the designers and readers. Next to being inspired by the games, I also noticed that these designers have loads of other interesting games that I’m fascinated about. And I can’t wait to take a closer look at the other finalists. I do have some critical remarks to say about the innovation category in general.

Although the games all had innovative elements, I wouldn’t call all of them innovative. Innovation within games means – for me personally – to totally redefine the medium and to break with gaming traditions. I was clear about You Have To Burn The Rope, I still think it’s weird that it’s a finalist in this category, I enjoyed playing it, yet I don’t see anything innovative about it. I had loads of fun playing Mightier, yet – apart from a few elements – it was just a mix if different genres, but in essence it’s just a puzzle/action/platform game. The same goes for Between.

When it comes down to innovation Coil and The Graveyard rule. Both have a very emotional impact on the player and they redefine the medium, each in it’s own way. Both have a lot of similarities when it comes to passivity and simplicity. Yet both offer a very different gameplay experience.

Next I’ll be taking a closer look at the finalists for visual art! For an overview of my articles on the IGF 2009 go here.

Mightier

This game pleasantly surprised me. I thought it was a really cool combination of player creativity and puzzle solving. The puzzle solving didn’t get too hard, yet the different challenges kept me interested. All in all, Mightier entertained me for quite some time.

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Coverage of the Independent Games Festival

On the 7th of January the IGF announced its finalists. The Graveyard of Tale of Tales is one of the finalists in the category innovation. After the fiasco of their submission of The Endless Forest to the IGF a couple of years ago, I really hope they get the recognition they deserve with this game. But their nomination has motivated me to examine the other finalists further. So the upcoming weeks I’ll be ‘covering’ all the finalists of the IGF, starting with the category innovation.

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