Indie Game of the Year: 2015 Nominations (Part 1)

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For the past ten years, the video game industry has seen a renaissance for independently developed video games. With the new accessibility of digital distribution and technology's rapid progression in this digital revolution, it has never been easier for small teams of developers to go out on their own and create quality gaming experiences.

This independence also grants these developers artistic and creative freedom. While the creators behind big AAA games can oftentimes be restricted and censored by their publishers, independent developers are at liberty to pursue their visions with little to no pressure from commercially driven executives.

With the rise of indie games, the medium has seen a massive influx of promising developers coming out and displaying their talents for all the world to see (and play). Each year sees more games from this rapidly growing ecosystem, and as always, some gems stand out among the rest. As 2015 comes to a close, we thought it pertinent to look at some of these games and decide which of them stands as the "Indie Game of the Year."

Here is a list of our first five nominees!

Published Dec. 3rd 2015
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  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    The Beginner's Guide!

    Only problem with that, is... umm well the theme of it... can I in good faith actually nominate it? Is that doing what the game is saying I shouldn't? Is the game saying you shouldn't, or just saying be careful? And then... actually no... I won't go through the millions of questions the game makes you ponder. Some questions the game answers, but by asking YOU to answer them instead of telling you the answers.

    The game is so good, not because the gameplay, it's just walk forward very often. But, like The Stanley Parable, it asks questions that make you question and think. It completely overwhelmed me, it sat me down and made me think. I know I keep saying it, but it made me think! It's the only game that has left me speechless with the intent of doing so. For that, it's not only my Indie GotY, but overall GotY.

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