Fans of Indie games in the New York area, prepare to be delighted. IndieCade has announced they will be having an IndieCade East event this weekend, running from Friday through Sunday (February 15-17). The inaugural event will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image.
According to their official website, IndieCade East will be, “a jam-packed weekend at the Museum with dozens of playable IndieCade official selection games; presentations from designers, academics, and journalist; seminars and workshops for budding game makers; a presentation of games made during the festival-long game jam; a night of “big games” a show and tell for up and coming work, and much more.”
IndieCade East Chair Matt Parker, whose work in new media has been displayed at the Museum of the Moving Image, the American Museum of Natural History, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, and more, had this to say about the upcoming celebration of Indie work:
“Growing out of IndieCade, IndieCade East is a celebration of what makes independent games so important. While IndieCade has always focused on giving the Independent Game community both a home and a voice from its headquarters in Los Angeles, IndieCade East is about inviting the general public into that home and making indies heard throughout the world.
The game making scene in New York is one of the most vibrant, producing 16 IndieCade Official Selections in 2012 alone. What’s more, the east coast boasts some of the most successful indies, inspiring academics, and best game journalist. With IndieCade East, we wanted to introduce these brilliant minds to a whole new audience.
Our talks, exhibitions, and special events bring people from all walks of life into the independent spirit by showing them what drives us, how we think about games, and how they can join us in creating these incredible interactive experiences. IndieCade East brings together game makers, scholars, enthusiasts, and people who are new to independent games in a three day event that shows the passion, excitement, and the depths of game culture.”
The event is set to feature a number of games, some of which you may have never heard of. Such titles include: Thirty Flights of Loving, Tengami, Reality Ends Here, Dyad, and BlindSide. This is just a small sampling of the full listing of featured games, which can be found here.
Additionally, IndieCade East will host a number of panels and sessions with developers, designers and others to offer fans insight into the development process straight from the creators.
Sounds like an exciting weekend for Indie gamers. Does anyone plan on attending? I’d love to be able to attend but I can’t swing it this year. I will say that I tend to enjoy Indie games over a lot of traditional XBLA or PSN arcade titles because of the obvious and apparent amounts of love put into their creation. Smaller team projects like Bastion and Dust: An Elysian Tale were some of my favorite titles of recent years, and deserve all of the recognition they’ve received. If anyone does end up attending this weekend, be sure to come back and share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.