Brandon Boyer

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Ian Dallas’s Unfinished Swan video enraptured blogs everywhere before Offworld had a chance to leave the launch pad, but now the game’s been named one of this year’s ten finalists in the Independent Games Festival’s Student Showcase, so I’ve got a great excuse to run the video again.

Elsewhere, the finalists included Feist, also a finalist in the main IGF competition (see my writeup of that in the Offworld Guide to the 2009 IGF), the environmentally minded “Tetris meets Sim CityCity Rain, the “exploration of familial relationships” game Where is my Heart?, and, errr… the “funkalicious first person dish washing wonder” Dish Washington, created as… a Half-Life 2 mod?

Expect more in-depth looks at the games soon, and hit the jump for the full list of entrants and links to their respective IGF pages.
The Student Showcase finalists will be exhibited at this year’s GDC, and will receive $500 in travel expenses to make it to the March 23rd-27th San Francisco show, and one selected winner will be given a $2,500 prize during the IGF ceremony.

The full list of finalists include:

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)
Zeit² (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

Student Showcase Finalists & Winners [The 11th Annual Independent Games Festival]

Pixeljunk Eden, Osmos top 2009 IGF nominations – Offworld
Crate digging through IGF Mobile 2009 – Offworld
The Offworld Guide to the 2009 Independent Games Festival – Offworld

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