While most of New York City is celebrating Valentine’s Day, the geekier sect will begin a weekend event that celebrates their love of independent games as IndieCade East returns for its second annual installment. The three-day festival is open to the public and will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.
IndieCade East will begin Friday morning with a keynote address from Rami Ismail co-founder of the Dutch indie studio Vlambeer (Makers of Super Crate Box, GUN GODZ, Luftrausers, and Nuclear Throne). Prominent indie game designers will be on hand to hold lectures and panels on subjects ranging from the rise and fall of Flappy Bird to the future of print gaming “Zines”, and of course numerous panels on the process of creating independent games.
Exhibitors will show off indie titles available for platforms like PlayStation, Ouya, and the Oculus Rift. Attendees hoping to formally study game design can meet representatives of the New York University Game Lab, and those who already know how to make games can join workshops to hone their craft. Developers with projects in early stages can share their work at the Show And Tell for feedback from other designers too.
The event coincides with several exhibits about games at the museum. Indie Essentials: 25 Must Play Video Games has fully-playable versions of some of the most influential games of the last ten years. Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running covers the development of that long-running franchise, while Behind the Screen covers the process of making games, television shows, and movies.
IndieCade East runs this Friday the 14th through Sunday the 16th. Weekend tickets and one-day tickets are available with discounts for students, children, and seniors. Tickets and more information are available at www.IndieCade.com