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Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories: posted by juv3nal (27 comments total) 182 users marked this as a favorite

 
Good bye, productivity!
posted by naturalog at 12:10 PM on January 14, 2011


Agh. Missed Freeware Platformers.

Also, best of 2006 through 2009 here.
posted by juv3nal at 12:10 PM on January 14, 2011


Aah, KOLM. I spent so many hours hunting down all your little robot bits.
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:11 PM on January 14, 2011


WHere were you earlier, when I was trying to procrastinate?
posted by Mister_A at 12:13 PM on January 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Video games can never be art.
-Ebert
posted by pjaust at 12:15 PM on January 14, 2011


Thank you Thank you Thank you for this post!
posted by fantodstic at 12:18 PM on January 14, 2011


WHere were you earlier, when I was trying to procrastinate?
I was busy playing every single one of those games to ensure that they meet Metafilter's rigorous standards of quality.
posted by juv3nal at 12:18 PM on January 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Just wanted to thank you for posting this now, and not during finals week.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:20 PM on January 14, 2011


Also, counterpoint from that other giant of indie game websites: the top indie games of 2010 according to the tigsource forums.
posted by juv3nal at 12:31 PM on January 14, 2011


I've been playing suteF, it's fantastic.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:35 PM on January 14, 2011


Hydorah! Yes! I still have yet to get past the 2nd stage of that damn game. It's fucking AWESOME! (Should pick it up and play again this weekend).

Is Notch the anti-Carmack? Small indie coder with mad skills, makes a fortune... only... with non-uber-graphics?
posted by symbioid at 12:39 PM on January 14, 2011


YAY! Thanks for posting.
posted by brundlefly at 12:40 PM on January 14, 2011


Is Notch the anti-Carmack?

Announcing MINECRAFT '13:
-Updated graphics!
-Play as the rescued Chilean miners!
-New "Expert Tools" peripherals will actually fall apart as you use them! Real simulated real wear!
-Tons of DLC for the low low price of $27.99 per pack!
posted by backseatpilot at 1:00 PM on January 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


That being said, I am so glad I have a three day weekend so I can lock the door to the office and play these games non-stop until I have to go back to work.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:02 PM on January 14, 2011


Carmack was a small indie coder with mad skills - years before the estimable Notch.

"when Carmack was 14, he broke into a school to steal Apple II computers, was arrested, and sent for psychiatric evaluation (the report mentions "no empathy for other human beings"). Carmack was then sentenced to a year in a juvenile home.^

SPEAK ILL OF THE CARMACK AT YOUR PERIL.
posted by vapidave at 1:14 PM on January 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait... How was I speaking ill of him? He was a god before all others! He was the inspiration for one of my friends to get into programming games.

If you're referring to bsp's comment, I'd imagine that's more a statement on id and zenimax. Especially Zenimax!

"no empathy" Sounds like a typical coding god.
posted by symbioid at 1:22 PM on January 14, 2011


[Erm, stop reading if you don't want to find out which game didn't come number one] It's not really my sort of thing and I don't play it, but by pretty much any metric Minecraft was the top indie game of the year. Hell, it's arguably game of the year, indie or not.
posted by markr at 1:44 PM on January 14, 2011


Heh, I've spent probably all of $250 on Carmack and lately Notch products for thousands of hours of fully engaged entertainment. I ♥Love♥ those guys.

OP yeah!? how by any metric isn't Minecraft at least in the mix? I guess Mojang sold out to the Man and lost their indie cred.
posted by vapidave at 1:49 PM on January 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh man, The Spirit Engine 2 was one of the best role playing games I've ever played. Brilliant strategic combat, awesome storyline and characters, and a good length - about 20 hours. If you're a fan of RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play through it.
posted by Alex404 at 2:15 PM on January 14, 2011


[Erm, stop reading if you don't want to find out which game didn't come number one] It's not really my sort of thing and I don't play it, but by pretty much any metric Minecraft was the top indie game of the year. Hell, it's arguably game of the year, indie or not.

To be fair: Minecraft was released in time to be get an honorable mention last year. But given that they didn't see fit to exclude it from the running this time around, I agree that they shouldn't count that against it.
posted by juv3nal at 2:19 PM on January 14, 2011


These sort of posts should be fully illegal to post during working hours.

See you all on Monday.
posted by disillusioned at 2:57 PM on January 14, 2011


Favourited this *so hard* because right now I don't have time for games (or metafilter... but go figure).

Hoping I have time, some time, in the rather near future to go through my metafilter favourites and rediscover this post.

Cheers juv3nal!
posted by porpoise at 8:05 PM on January 14, 2011


I was about to say Jeff Minter's coming back to lead these bedroom coders to the promised land, turns out he never left

Minecraft has been "game of the year" if only for the numbers.
posted by fullerine at 12:02 AM on January 15, 2011


If you haven't tracked down Digital: A Love Story, and you're at all the sort of nerd who might have used BBS's in the 90's, you must play this.

It's astonishing.
posted by effugas at 10:23 PM on January 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's astonishing.
Indeed.
posted by juv3nal at 4:40 PM on January 16, 2011


Looming is really, really fun (found in the adventure games section).
posted by codacorolla at 11:15 PM on January 16, 2011


Road of the Dead... I love it!
posted by Admira at 2:35 AM on January 17, 2011


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