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Reward Indie Developer Creativity and Vote in the IGF Audience Award

Reward Indie Developer Creativity and Vote in the IGF Audience Award (photo)

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The flurry of Game of the Year lists last December and the airing of Spike’s Video Game Awards show marked the unofficial start of Video Game Awards Season. Most of the debating and wrangling happens behind the scenes with juries and editorial boards and the like, with a few opportunities for readers and players to heap accolades onto games and the people that make them.

The latest such chance for gamers to weigh in what exactly is most awesome comes with the opening of voting for the Audience Award in this year’s Independent Games Festival. There’s a slight change to voting this year, opening the field to any game on the finalist rolls. There’s a special connection between indie games and individual players, because the small teams and creators often work solo to craft these works don’t have the benefit of huge corporate resources and marketing machines. In order to both find out about and make these titles, you have to have passion for games as a medium.

So, while some of these titles aren’t publically playable yet, consider the nominee list is that it can serve as a notice as to what to anticipate in the coming months. Titles like SpyParty and Monaco have made the rounds everywhere from the PAX fanfest to New York University’s Game Center and will continue to do so, so seek them out. I’ve written about a few of the nominated games and their developers-Gaijin Games and Bit.Trip.Beat, Cave Story, SpyParty-here at IFC and they’re all worthy of consideration. Try your hand at the games available to play to discover some great new experiences and remember to cast your vote before February 18th. You could help crown a new indie game darling. Neat, eh?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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