CMP Media's Gama Network Announces Independent Games Festival Finalists

Most Innovative Games Will Be Exhibited During the 16th Annual Game Developers Conference in San Jose, CA

Dec 11, 2001

CMP Media's Gama Network announced the finalists in the fourth annual Independent Games Festival (IGF). The ten finalists were selected by a panel of game industry professionals from an internationally and stylistically diverse pool of applicants. These games will now compete for the $15,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize and awards for technical excellence, game design, visual art, and audio. The chosen development teams will exhibit their games at the Game Developers Conference, March 19 - 23, 2002 in San Jose, California.

The Independent Games Festival was established in 1998 to provide a forum for independent game developers to exhibit their work, receive recognition and meet commercial publishers. For more information on the Independent Games Festival and this year's entrants, visit

  The ten games selected are:
  -- Ace of Angels, by Flying Rock Enterprises, a three dimensional space
     combat simulator
  -- Bad Milk, by Dreaming Media, a hallucinatory puzzle game using live
     action video
  -- Banja Taiyo, by, a puzzle based role playing game
  -- Championship Euchre, by DreamQuest Software, an online card game
     which supports live play between PCs and wireless PDAs
  -- Egg Files, by Flying Mikros Interactive, a game pitting aliens against
     chickens in a battle of wits
  -- Insaniquarium, by Flying Bear Entertainment, a virtual fish tank with
  -- Kung Fu Chess, by Shizmoo, an online multiplayer chess game with a
     twist on the classic rules
  -- Pencil Whipped, by Chiselbrain Software, a black and white
     hand-sketched first person shooter
  -- Static, by The Static Development Team, a post-apocalyptic role
     playing game
  -- World Dance, by iSeeSoft LLC, a dance game that provides education on
     different cultures

"Each of the games headed to the finals this year is innovative in its own way, and innovation is what propels the game industry forward. Some make steps forward in visual art, others in audio, and some games push the boundaries of game design and technology," said Alex Dunne, Chairman of the IGF and Executive Producer of "What all these games have in common, however, is that they were developed by talented, forward-thinking teams."

Winners will be announced at the Game Developers Choice Awards Ceremony on March 21, 2002 in San Jose, California. The IGF presents six awards: Innovation in Visual Arts, Innovation in Audio, Innovation in Game Design, Technical Excellence, an Audience Award determined by balloting show attendees, and the event's most prestigious honor, The Seumas McNally Award For Independent Game of the Year.

About the Gama Network

The resource for game developers for more than ten years, the Gama Network, a division of CMP Media, exclusively serves developers of interactive entertainment games. The Gama Network includes the Game Developers Conference, the Independent Games Festival, Game Developer magazine and For more information, visit

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