Cellist Tina Guo recorded this video at the rehearsal last night for the Golden State Pops Orchestra show, “Video Game Soundtracks,” which is taking place in San Pedro, CA on Saturday, April 9th. The conductor, Austin Wintory, is the composer for “Journey,” and is creating a unique arrangement (still in progress!) for this live performance.
That’s right, you can submit your games to IndieCade, the first stand-alone independent video game festival!
But what exactly is IndieCade? Well, it’s a yearly, three-day long festival hosted in Los Angeles. Every year, a jury of industry leaders select a bunch of submitted games as finalists, and displays them at IndieCade. (And even if your game isn’t selected, it might still be on display at IndieCade!) And finally, there are a number of awards that are given to some of the finalists, such as Aesthetics, Fun/Compelling, Gameplay Innovation, Sublime Experience, and World/Story.
This year, IndieCade will be hosted between October 6-9, and again in galleries, cafes, and theaters throughout downtown Culver City (Los Angeles), California, U.S.A. If you live in or around Los Angeles, you can stop by and check out these games, or go to the conference itself.
On to the subject of submitting your games, you have until March 31st to get the best deal on the submission fee. Here’s the fee schedule:
- March 1st-31st: Early Submissions, $35
- April 1st-May 31st: Regular Submissions, $45
- June 1st-15th: Late Submissions, $70
If you are a finalist, you’ll be contacted by August 15th.
You can also donate to IndieCade to help them help independent video game developers. And you can even get discounts on merchandise or the conference with some membership options.
Anyways, 2011 is looking like it’s going to be a great year for indie games at IndieCade again!
Michael Samyn of Tale of Tales (The Path, The Graveyard, The Endless Forest) wrote an article last month for Escapist Magazine about video games as art. He presents his view on why video game developers have strayed away from advancing video games as an art form. In essence, everyone is looking at how to create video games the wrong way. When most game ideas are created, the developers look for ways to use the technology in new ways or to make something that is fun. Art, Michael says, is derived from wanting to explore a certain theme or convey a message that cannot be said in any other way.
“We’re not looking for a spot in the museum; we’re looking for a place in the heart of the public at large. And for that we will need to work as artists.”
At thatgamecompany, ideas for video games essentially come from a want to convey an emotion or message, which is probably why we, as well as Tale of Tales, are so understood and misunderstood at the same time.
All other entertainment industries give overwhelming artistic control over their projects to a couple people, though the people giving the money still have a large amount of say for what the final product ends up being. Michael finishes the article by stating how the search for efficiency has, in effect, destroyed the chances for the industry to, en masse, move towards creating art. That is, unless they give full creative control to the creator of the idea.