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Gish, Wik, Fable Souls Win at Annual Indie Games Festival

(March 10, 2005)

Gish and Wik and the Fable Souls have been selected as the top titles of the Independent Games Festival, the Sundance Festival of the video game world.  Gish and 'Wik' were awarded in the open and web downloadable categories, respectively, at a ceremony at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    Chronic Logic for Gish and Reflexive Entertainment for Wik and the Fable Souls were on hand to receive the $15,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize.  Game development teams competed for more than $40,000 in cash prizes.

    "The IGF is an outlet for independent developers daring to take creative risks and push innovative thoughts," explains Simon Carless, chairman, IGF. "This year's winners are a group of professionals who stepped out of the ordinary and ventured into a whimsical and ingenious space."

    Independent game developers, similar to independent filmmakers, usually work with shoestring budgets.  With the growing community of independent game developers emerging over the past decade, the IGF has taken center stage at recognizing these creators.
      The IGF recognized the following awards in each category:      Seamus McNally      Gish by Chronic Logic (Open)      Wik and the Fable Souls by Reflexive Entertainment (Web/Downloadable)      Innovation in Game Design      Gish by Chronic Logic (Open)      Wik and the Fable Souls by Reflexive Entertainment (Web/Downloadable)      Innovation in Audio      Steer Madness by Veggie Games (Open)      Global Defense Network by (Web/Downloadable)      Innovation in Visual Art      Alien Hominid by The Behemoth (Open)      Wik and the Fable of Souls by Reflexive Entertainment (Web/Downloadable)      Technical Excellence      Alien Hominid by The Behemoth (Open)      RocketBowl by Large Animal Games (Web/Downloadable)      Audience Award      Alien Hominid by The Behemoth (Open)      N by Metanet Software Inc. (Web/Downloadable)
    Cartoon Network also announced the winner of Project Goldmaster.  Digital Builders has been selected to design a game based on a Cartoon Network character.

    For the second year running, GameSpot and partnered with the Independent Games Festival (IGF) to promote the games and their creators. Finalist games for the 7th annual IGF competition are available for free download at and  As an added feature this year, visitors to the GameSpot site,, had the opportunity to vote for the 2005 IGF Audience Award for the Open and Web/Downloadable categories.

    The IGF was established in 1998 by the CMP Game Group to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers, the way Sundance Film Festival has benefited the independent film community.  With nearly 80 entries from all over the world, the IGF reflects how global the game development community has become.

    For more information on the IGF and all the finalist games, please visit

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