January 22, 2009

Independent Games Festival Student Showcase Finalists Revealed

Among the year's Student Showcase winners are: CMU's active play exercise-centered game Winds Of Orbis, quirky Danish first-person dishcleaning game Dish Washington, and ecological management puzzle game City Rain from Brazilian students.

Also honored are titles including USC's abstract painting game The Unfinished Swan and reality-manipulating sidescrolling shooter Zeit Squared.

All IGF finalist games will be exhibited at the IGF Pavilion at this year's Game Developers Conference. GDC, ThinkServices' annual conference dedicated to the art, science, and business of games, takes place March 23 through 27 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Each finalist in the IGF Student Showcase will receive a $500 travel stipend to help aid expenses for the trip to GDC 2009. The winner of the IGF Best Student Game Award will receive a special trophy and $2500 cash prize during the ceremony.

The Student Showcase games and game mods that will be considered for the 2009 Best Student Game Award are all highlighted on the IGF Web site, and the full list of finalists follows:
Tag: The Power Of Paint (DigiPen Institute Of Technology, Seattle)
Feist (Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland)
Winds Of Orbis (Carnegie Mellon - Entertainment Technology Center, Pittsburgh)
Dish Washington (The National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment, Denmark)
The Unfinished Swan (University of Southern California)
Where Is My Heart? (Universität Ulm, Germany)
The Color Of Doom (The Guildhall at SMU, Texas)
City Rain - Building Sustainability (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil)
Kid The World Saver (University Of Southern California)
Zeit Squared (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)