Thursday, January 22, 2009

Is this the future of video games? - Citizen Gamer- msnbc.com

TheIs this the future of video games? Independent Games Festival finalists give us a glimpse of what's to come.

Prognosticating is usually a thing best left to palm readers and Ouija boards. But if you want a look at the future of video gaming, you can’t go wrong by taking a gander at the recently announced list of finalists for the Independent Games Festival Awards.

Here you’ll find a game that drops you into a mysterious garden populated by creatures who run around wearing party hats perched atop their heads. You’ll also find a game “about self-replicating mining machines,” and a game that promises “elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electro-acoustic soundtrack.” And while this list may leave you scratching your head at times (how, exactly, does one make a video game about “an old lady who visits a graveyard”) any one of these games could be the biggest hit of 2009.

Is this the future of video games? - Citizen Gamer- msnbc.com

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