Independent Games Festival Finalists Announced

There are always plenty of reason to go to GDC. Developers like to show off their games, new hardware, and general innovation. Some of the panels offer real insight into the development of the best games in the past year. Some of the panels are fucking boring. Holy crap you would not believe how boring they get.

What's not boring? The IGF awards. The Independent Games Festival awards occur every year during GDC and celebrate the best the Indie scene has to offer. The Seamus McNally Grand Prize winner takes home $30,000 while the Nuovo Award for "abstract, shortform and unconventional game development" takes home $5,000. Every other winner nabs $3,000. For a lot of these guys that money means rent and groceries. More importantly, many of the titles on display will get publisher contracts and jobs and such. Here are the finalists:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

Dear Esther

FEZ

Frozen Synapse

Johann Sebastian Joust

Spelunky

Excellence In Visual Art

Botanicula

Dear Esther

Lume

Mirage

Wonderputt

Technical Excellence

Antichamber

Fez

Prom Week

Realm of the Mad God

Spelunky

Excellence In Design

Atom Zombie Smasher

English Country Tune

Frozen Synapse

Gunpoint

Spelunky

Excellence in Audio

Botanicula

Dear Esther

Pugs Luv Beats

To the Moon

Waking Mars

Best Mobile Game

ASYNC Corp.

Beat Sneak Bandit

Faraway

Ridiculous Fishing

Waking Mars

Nuovo Award Finalists:

At a Distance

Dear Esther

Fingle

GIRP

Johann Sebastian Joust

Proteus

Storyteller

WAY

Head over to the IGF website to learn more about each title. The chances are good you'll be playing some of these games in the near future via Steam or an XBLA promotion block.