Now that Game Developers Conference (GDC) has come and gone, we must look to the future…the future of video games. One of the more prestigious ceremonies is the Independent Games Festival (IGF) awards celebrating all things indie gaming which happened last week at GDC. From this ceremony, the hottest indie games have come out…Portal, FTL, Cart Life, Papers Please, Journey, Flow, Super Meat Boy, and Fez have been featured in previous IGF awards. This year isn’t any different. Here are your winners:

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)

Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith of Vectorpark)



Nuovo Award ($5,000)

Tetrageddon Games (Nathalie Lawhead)


Excellence in Audio ($3,000)

Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure (SuperChop Games)


Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)

80 Days (inkle)


Best Student Game ($3,000)

Close Your (Goodbye World Games – University of Southern California)


Audience Award ($3,000)

This War of Mine (11 bit studios)


Excellence in Design ($3,000)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)


Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)


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Jay "Radioactivemouse" Vales is a veteran of the video game industry, having worked on such games as the original World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, and Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 among other titles. Jay is currently working as a game design professor at 2 colleges and is the primary content manager for Nerd Report.

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