Indie Video Game Exhibit to Open at Museum of the Moving Image, 12/14

Indie Video Game Exhibit to Open at Museum of the Moving Image, 12/14

Museum of the Moving Image and IndieCade will present Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, an exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games that represent the breadth and depth of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles-most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, which is taking place in Los Angeles on October 5 and 6-presented alongside a selection of independent games from the last decade that have had great impact on game design and culture.

Indie Essentials opens December 14, 2013, and will be on view through March 2, 2014, in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. The 2013 IndieCade award-winning games will be announced at the festival on October 6; a complete list of games in Indie Essentials will be available on the Museum's website by the end of October.

The designers and developers of the games presented in Indie Essentials are individuals or small teams working independently of large studios and publishers. They take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. Independent games are a fountain of innovation and experimentation, pushing the whole game industry forward as one of today's most dynamic and important cultural forms.

Access to Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games is included with Museum admission (and free for Museum members). All games in the exhibition are free play.

Towards the end of the exhibition's run, the second annual IndieCade East will take place at the Museum on February 14 through 16, 2014. This non-competitive East Coast edition offers a lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. The popular Night Games segment of the festival, with its freewheeling interactive game play for hundreds, will also return. Ticket information and advance purchase options will be announced soon.

"A thriving independent game community is essential to the health and growth of the video game industry," said Carl Goodman, the Museum's Executive Director. "Rapidly evolving technologies for game distribution and access, such as mobile devices and new game console systems, are providing independent makers with the ability to reach and entertain the public in ways never before possible. This exhibition and the subsequent festival will allow the emerging design community, as well as the public, to not only play these innovative, genre-busting games, but to interact with their makers. We are thrilled to build on our partnership with IndieCade to present both a second festival and this new exhibition."

"The first IndieCade East was successful by every measure," said Stephanie Barish, IndieCade's CEO. "The Museum of the Moving Image is an ideal partner. There's no better way to expand on our relationship and together highlight the importance of independent game development, than with our must-play exhibit over the winter, culminating with the next edition of IndieCade East in 2014. We can't wait to be back in New York."