AUSTIN GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE TO FEATUREINDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

SAN FRANCISCO—Aug. 11, 2008—Think Services Game Group, the organizers of the Independent Games Festival, have announced the nine winners of the Austin GDC IGF Showcase, picking the very best examples of 'local flavor' in terms of indie games from Austin and the Southern U.S. to be exhibited at the Austin Game Developers Conference from September 15th to 17th. For full details, please visit http://www.austingdc.net/events/igf.htm

Some of the top local titles span the gamut from one-man teams through tightly focused console indies, including Texas-honed games such as physics-heavy iPhone puzzler Enigmo, CosMind's evocative art-game Glum Buster, Red Fly Studios' Wii/DS quirky Mushroom Men duo, knockabout Guildhall @ SMU student title ToyBox Heroes, online titles FireTeam Reloaded and Ashen Empires, previous IGF finalist Goo!, console downloadable title Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball, and user-generated game website Mockingbird.

The Showcase winners receive complimentary passes and get to showcase their titles in a special IGF Pavilion at the Austin event, which this year features learning tracks including Online, Audio, Writing, Worlds In Motion and Game Career Seminar, and is hosting a local Independent Games Festival Showcase for the first time.

The full list of the honored Austin GDC IGF Showcase winners is:

    <*> Enigmo (Puzzle, iPhone/iPod Touch)
Developer: Pangea Software, Inc.
    <*> Fireteam Reloaded (Multiplayer Action, PC)
Developer: Pixel Mine Games
    <*> Glum Buster (Action/Adventure, PC)
Developer: CosMind
    <*> Mockingbird: The Game Making Game (User-Generated Game Site, Web)
Developer: Mockingbird Games
    <*> Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars (Action Platformer, DS/Wii)
Developer: Red Fly Studio
    <*> Ashen Empires (Fantasy MMO, PC)
Developer: Iron Will Games

* ToyBox Heroes (Action/Adventure, PC)

Developer: Team Shirt @ The Guildhall at SMU (Jacquiline "Kim" Acuff, Arturo Caballero, Christopher Cotton, David Demaree, James Farmer, Mark Flieg, Ryan Jenkins, Jonathan Long, Dane Munkholm, Jonathan Pittman, Adam Reynolds, Brandon Souders, Daniel Talaber, Benjamin Wagley, Eric Young)

    <*> Goo! (Action/Strategy, PC/TBA)
Developer: PillowFort
    <*> Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball (Arcade Sports, Xbox 360 Live Arcade)
Developer: Blazing Lizard

For further information about the 2008 Austin Game Developers Conference, including registration, please visit the official event website, www.austingdc.net.

About the Think Services Game Group

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About Think Services

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