Honorable mentions: Ladylike (Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, David Coss & Winnie Song - NYU, NYU Poly); UN EP (Ian Snyder - Kansas City Art Institute); Rabbit Rush (Caterpillar Lane - RMIT); Flying Fish (The Grey Room - The Academy of Interactive Entertainment); and Bokida (Rice Cooker Republic - Institut de Creation et d'Animation Numeriques). This year's Student IGF entries were distributed to an opt-in subset of the main competition judging body, consisting of more than 375 leading independent and mainstream developers, academics and journalists. Now in its 12th year as a part of the larger Independent Games Festival, the Student Showcase highlights up-and-coming talent from worldwide university programs, and has served as the venue which first premiered numerous now-widely-recognized names including DigiPen's Narbacular Drop and Tag: The Power of Paint, which evolved into Valve's award-winning titles Portal and Portal 2. Other notable Student Showcase alums include USC/Giant Sparrow's Unfinished Swan, later released by Sony Computer Entertainment as an award-winning title for PlayStation Network; Hogeschool van de Kunsten's The Blob (later becoming THQ's De Blob); and early USC/ThatGameCompany title Cloud, from the studio that would go on to develop critical darlings like Flow, Flower, and Journey. For more information on the Independent Games Festival, for which Main Competition finalists were also just announced, please visit the official IGF website -- and for those interested in registering for GDC 2014, which includes the Independent Games Summit, the IGF Pavilion and the IGF Awards Ceremony, please visit the Game Developers Conference website. Gamasutra and IGF are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech
Museum of Simulation Technology (Albert Shih - Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center) Engare (Mahdi Bahrami & Moslem Rasouli - NHTV University of Applied Science) Risk of Rain (Hopoo Games - University of Washington) Symmetrain (Philipp Beau & Daniel Goffin - University of Amsterdam / University Kassel) Westerado (Ostrich Banditos - HKU) Rhythm Doctor (Hafiz Azman & Winston Lee - University of Cambridge) Foiled (Unblanched Peanuts - NYU) Cyber Heist (Hack n' Hide - University of Utah)
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2014 Independent Games Festival announces Student Showcase winners
The Independent Games Festival Student Competition took in nearly 350 student-developed games. Here are the eight that made the cut.