The top ten independent games of 2011
(Peter Brinson, Kurosh ValaNejad)
In the “experimental” and “innovative” titles category that was also populated by Trauma, Improviso and Retention, comes the socio-political ruse of a game “Cat and the Coup” that somehow managed to make it past Steam‘s judiciary committee for what qualifies as a game that many people might enjoy, and was thus exposed to a much broader audience (which is good news as far as we are concerned. As reviewer Darklights put it:
“There is a loving craftsmanship here, a thoughtfulness that refuses to give in to conventional storytelling. It is built on the efforts of a small skeleton indie team so that all the smallest nuances are within the creators’ personal creative control. The team’s work, under the direction of Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad, compel me to follow what may come next from their oeuvre.
There is also a beautiful symmetry: Established national history may erase Mossadegh, but art will embrace him. In this chosen form, games are rendered full of subversive possibilities.” – Darklights (Tanya Kan)
Some may cry foul, but we stand our ground for the fact that not only do games allow us to walk in shoes (or paws) that might otherwise be inaccessible and thus consider the world around in us in mind-expanding, eye-opening ways, but because indie games have even more freedom to do so, and where this is exploited, we take interest.