But the IGF is in some ways a lumbering beast. It’s an institution, and part of being an institution means carrying your history with you, and changing slowly. This history is part of what gives weight to the awards the IGF bestows, but it also can be a drag, pulling the IGF behind the times, especially in the rapidly changing field of independent videogame design.
In a short but thought-provoking article, Ridiculous Fishing and Sage Solitaire designer Zach Gage suggests a new way of categorizing games at awards that would serve the medium as one of wholistic products. Zach recently released the sublime Tharsis in collaboration with Choice Provisions.