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The Sundance of Video Games Opens in Culver City

Programmers, designers, and fans gather to play, network and celebrate independent games



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    Gamers, get your thumbs ready. Culver City is hosting the 2010 IndieCade festival Thursday through Sunday.

    Likened to the Sundance Film Festival for video games by the LA Times, IndieCade is a festival of independent gaming, celebrating programmers, developers and fans alike.

    Part networking, think-tank, gaming and exhibition, IndieCade offers a full range of independent gaming, putting it on display. Speakers, networking and even a Gamewalk are scheduled during the festival.

    The Gamewalk, free and open to the public, will "turn Culver City into an arcade," allowing fans to test drives the newest games, according to organizers. Game developers will also be present to chat about their games.

    Games featured at the Gamewalk include Fractal, an audio puzzle game; Humans vs. Zombies, where all but one player begin as human, trying to defend themselves from a zombie hoard using strategy and teamwork; and Spirits, an action-puzzle game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, where players manipulate a fickle wind element to move Spirits within the game.

    Other free events are scheduled, including Big Games, that get players up and moving, and Family Day, featuring family-friendly games.

    For more information, visit IndieCade's event page.