Game Tunnel Kicks Off Independent Game of the Year Awards

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Game Tunnel, a website dedicated to Independent Video Games, has begun it's fourth annual Game of the Year awards with the awarding of the Sports Game of the Year.

Today Game Tunnel (http://www.gametunnel.com) kicked off its Fourth Annual Independent Game of the Year awards with the awarding of the Independent Sports Game of the Year. Each year Game Tunnel has awarded its Independent Game of the Year awards to innovative but mostly unknown video games created by Independent Developers.

As in years past, this year's awards will be handed out all month long with a different award every two-three days. The awards are handed out both in different genres such as Strategy and Sports, as well as different categories such as Innovation and Sound. The schedule for all awards can be found on the home page of the Game Tunnel website.

The awards culminate with a Top 10 list of the best Independent Video Games of the year and the awarding of the prestigious Game of the Year award.

This year's awards promise to be the most interesting ever as the innovation that is commonly associated with Independent Games leads to games that are very different and distinctive, providing an alternative to the mainstream gaming world that been increasingly stuck in a rut of games that lack imagination and creativity.

About Independent Games

Many independent games have found their way into the everyday lifestyle of gamers around the world without them even realizing what they are playing. While the moniker of a developer creating games out of their parent's garage still has validity, new computer tools have made the costs associated with creating games much lower and have made it possible for independent game developer studios to bring their own game ideas to the public.

These developers have created many of the most innovative games available for the mainstream gaming market over the last few years, doing so on very limited budgets and releasing the titles on their own without the help of major publishers.

Though most Independent developers pride themselves on creating new and innovative titles Independent games are not limited to the 'mainstream' market, but also cross-over into the rapidly growing 'casual' marketplace. In fact, the vast majority of the puzzle games commonly available throughout the internet are created by independent developers. Most all of the games available through sites such as Real Arcade (http://www.realarcade.com/), and MSN Games (http://zone.msn.com) are in actually Independent Games. However the casual games created by independent developers only highlight a small portion of the independent gaming world.

About Game Tunnel

Game Tunnel was created in 2002 with the goal of providing news and reviews about the Independent Gaming scene. Game Tunnel focuses on providing information about the less casual side of Independent Gaming while also covering the majority of the casual games released. Since its launch Game Tunnel has done over 250 full-length reviews of Independent (or Indie/Indy as they are commonly known) Game titles. In addition Game Tunnel has published a variety of independent game-related features including previews, developer Q&As, multiple column offerings and monthly features, nearly 1000 news stories, and the very popular yearly Independent Game of the Year awards.

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