The organizers of the Independent Games Festival
(part of CMP, as is Gamasutra) have now put up a list of the 102 Student Showcase entries for this year
, showcasing the diversity of talent again on show for the ninth iteration of the yearly festival.
In the Student category, there will be 10 'Student Showcase' winners for the leading games ($500 travel stipend) announced in January 2007, all of whom will exhibit on the IGF Pavilion at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 7th-9th, 2007. In addition, for the first time this year, an overall 'Best Student Game' ($2,500 cash prize) will be awarded at the IGF Awards during GDC.
Previous years have seen important student honorees such as Narbacular Drop
(for which the concept was subsequently turned into Valve's Portal
, which will appear on PC and next-gen consoles in 2007), as well as Cloud
, an innovative student game from some of the personnel now recruited to make PS3 downloadable game fl0w
The IGF finalist announcement for the Student Showcase will be on January 4th, 2007 - and before then, the Main Competition finalists will be unveiled on December 9th, 2006, and the Mod Competition finalists on December 18th, 2006.
In addition, the organizers will be making announcements in early December about key lectures, roundtables, and keynotes at the 2007 Independent Games Summit
, also to be held at Game Developers Conference on March 5th and 6th, 2007.