The Slamdance Games Festival has been canceled.

Sam Roberts has just posted an announcement that the Slamdance Games Festival has been canceled for the foreseeable future.

The trouble all started back when Slamdance leadership attempted to remove Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from the festival, after it had been selected as a finalist. Several other finalists (including this one) had adverse reactions to that.

As a compromise solution, Slamdance was going to hold the games festival in Los Angeles, where there aren’t as many mormons (and where, I guess, the games festival would be enough far-removed that it wouldn’t tarnish the image of the film festival. Or something.)

This is kind of a bummer, because it’s one less venue for indie games to get exposure, and I know that Sam Roberts put a lot of work into it. At the same time, there are other, more-active festivals now, and Sam is a director of one of the most prominent ones, Indiecade. Indiecade are having showings at E3 and PAX this year, as well as a stand-alone show at OpenSatellite in Seattle. Braid was in the IndieCade showing at E3 2007, and it was a good situation.

3 thoughts on “The Slamdance Games Festival has been canceled.”

  1. That’s really a shame. Regardless of how you feel about what went down with the Columbine game, it was a good way for indies to get exposure and recognition. Luckily, as you mentioned, Indiecade seems to be stepping up nicely in its place.

    The unique thing which Slamdance provided (which I don’t see getting replaced) was exposure outside of traditional gaming circles. That will certainly be missed. Maybe Sam can find a way to rescue it for next year.

  2. do you folks ever consider the fact that science has proven that repeated exposure to violence is doing our world no good at all. why dont you socially retarded fucks get off your asses and our into the real word to face your fears and phobias… rather than hiding behind a screen and acting out your lifes.

    i lost my highschool sweetheart because some piece of shit raped her and cut here lungs out, any body that condones violence for the fuck of it should get a boot in their ass. and this aint coming from a morman, i am an atheist anarchist as a matter of fact, not a flag fucker, not a bible thumper, i dont buy none of your sheep ass identities, you all can take your religions and plastic day dreams, your tvs and fake, pc rendered personalities and piss off with a gun in your own mouth as far as i am concerned, your scene as a whole is just simply making our world a more dangerous place…. but its ok, in the real world you pansy little shits have to deal with real people, and this one here is ready for it, it’ll be a pitty the pathetic fuck that runs across me or my wife in the middle of the night thinking their gonna act out some kinda video game fantasy, youll end up getting opened up from your ass to your ear.

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