Hey guys --
So, I got really depressed about the state of the IGF this year, and went back through the past few to try and get an "innovation" pick-me-up.
Turns out, this competition's been pulling the wool over our eyes for as long as I can remember.
2009: Blueberry Garden (Mario + pen and ink), Machinarium (Myst), BrainPipe (Descent + weird sounds), Cortex Command (Worms + Metal Slug + some extra pixels)
2008: World of Goo (Pontifex + googley eyes), Fez (Cave Story clone imho), Desktop Tower Defense (srsly? a thousand different Star/Warcraft mods called and want their idea back)
2007: Aquaria (Metroid + water), Everyday Shooter (Geometry Wars + acoustic guitar), Castle Crashers (jesus like name any given arcade beat-em-up), Samorost 2 (Myst + hey how did this guy win twice?)
2006: Darwinia (name any RTS and make it look like Tron, kinda bullshit), Dad 'N Me (80s arcade again, and Castle Crashers probably should have been disqualified in 2007), Braid (Mario + Donkey Kong + wasn't even finished, obvi just looking for Santa Monica contract, should've been disqualified), Dofus (WoW + iso + Flash?), Dodge That Anvil (who took the Tiny Toons license away from Treasure?)
2005: Gish (Mario + stress ball), Alien Hominid (Contra + cartoon + "polish"
+ these guys must be laughing all the way to the bank for bilking the festival out of all this cash), Steer Madness (the team's description itself says "best described as 'Grand Theft Auto' meets 'Chicken Run', seems like disqualified from square one), N (Mario + a bunch of yellow squares??)
I started to go back even further but it was just a bunch of RTS/RPG names I didn't recognize from TIGforums and some PopCap ripoff junk from some place called Flesh-something developer.
Kinda understanding why Excite Bike and Myst were finalists again this year.
Looked for the truly innovative stuff like "Cloud" and "Narbacular Drop", turns out it only won bullshit "student" awards.
Kinda feeling like the last five years of independent gaming's been one big swindle.
Kinda super disillusioned with everything right now.