It’s been one heck of a week for indie news and it’s only Monday. Nintendo surprised fans by announcing a short Indie World Showcase tomorrow morning, there are an astounding array of great games out this week, and, to top it all off, the gaming sphere is on fire talking about The Game Awards.
Because my co hosts on The Indie Council are brilliant, they managed to predict the indie-focused categories with impressive accuracy on last week’s show. But if you missed the podcast’s inside scoop, here are the games that got a nod for this year’s big event:
Though not a indie award per se, Games For Impact is, to my mind, the most interesting of all the categories this year. Unlike most others that feature the same few, expected games, we’re getting a diverse and interesting list here. I have a personal favorite, but all these nominations are splendid.
The majority of the Best RPG’s would-be titles aren’t indie — I’m not going through the BG3 discussions again — but I wanted to call this category out because Sea of Stars deserved to get nominated for many more prizes and I don’t think it’s going to nab this one. It’s a travesty.
It’s going to be hard to root for a winner on this one. All of these titles are fabulous choices and it makes me glad The Game Awards offers more than one indie-specific award to get the word out about these fresh experiences. And in the spirit of not looking a gift horse in the mouth, I’m not going to try to puzzle out what qualifies some but not others as a debut indie.
And here it is, the main event. It is perhaps the most competitive Best Independent Game category I’ve seen in a while. Whichever wins, I’ll be happy. If you’d like to help your favorite game secure a trophy, don’t forget to vote!