Unlike mainstream, big-budget gaming conventions like E3 and PAX, exhibitors at IndieCade displayed their games outdoors, under small white tents, on small monitors and folding tables. Independent video games and traditional, non-video games shared the spotlight equally.
In addition to being able to check out the games, attendees were able to listen in on numerous panel discussions and workshops, ranging in topics from industry management strategies, game funding, and technical game development.
Unlike at larger video game conferences, IndieCade seems to be one that focuses on the thoughtfulness of game creation. And since the games themselves might not feature cutting edge visual effects like mainstream AAA games, the focus for these independent games rests more in sparking up interest at the grassroots level.
It was from this perspective that many of the developers and creators approached attendees, and as such, discussion of the games' artistic and creative values was elevated beyond what big budget advertising campaigns traditionally offer.
What was fascinating about this year's IndieCade Festival were the two large tent spaces occupied by Sony and Nintendo. Both companies featured indie games, but did so in a way that respected the creators and their work.
After speaking with representatives from both Sony and Nintendo, it was clear that both companies decided to make a large presence at IndieCade to court game makers. Nintendo, for example, featured an informational booth on the costs and benefits of developing on their platform, offering easy tools, attractive financing, and support.
Another major attraction at the festival was Oculus Rift. OR brought along about a dozen demo units and stations to the event.
With the support from major publishers and cutting edge technology in Oculus Rift, gamers can expect to see far more from the independent games community in the coming years.
Check out some quick walkthrough videos of the festival from Instagram:
For more information about IndieCade Festival, and about the games featured there, click on over to the official home page.