2012 IGF Pirate Kart Releases, Makes Busy Gamers Cry
“Damn, I hope this 1.14 gig download doesn’t but me over my bandwidth limit.”
“What are you doing, downloading a video games?”
“No. I’m downloading 313 video games.”
That’s right, the 2012 IGF Pirate Kart has been released. Previous Pirate Karts have been a sort of Ludum Dare on steroids, challenging indie game makers to create hundreds of new games in 48 hours, then put them in one big zip file. This one’s a little different, with a calvacade of well-known indie icons (ranging from prolific contributors Terry Cavanaugh and Anna Anthropy to less proliferic-but-still-famous folks like Radiator’s Robert Yang) taking previously completed games that they’re legitamitely proud of but “too rough” for single competition h and entering them wholesale in the IGF.
The IGF is one of the few obvious avenues indie game makers have to actually making a living off their work, but it’s enormously competitive and the $95 entry fee means that you’re a lot more likely to lose money than gain it. By paying the fee once for a boatload of games, the makers are sneaking some weirder material into the showcase. Awesome, I say!
As an added bonus, you now don’t have to buy any video games for at least a year. Someone needs to start a dedicated WordPress blog and play one a day.
You can grab the pack – and read quotes from some contributors – at piratekart .com.