2013 IGF Finalists: Technical Excellence

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While there is a lot of talk in gaming circles about how to design or plot the perfect game, not a whole lot of attention is given to how to make a game that pushes the boundaries of technical achievement. Despite having computers with incredibly powerful processors and graphics cards, most technical achievements fall squarely into the realm of visuals. At the IGF, however, Technical Excellence is not about how pretty a game looks. These games utilize tech as design elements, rather than simply making a game more visually stunning. It is all about how a player can interact with the game and not so much about how nice the textures are.

Intrusion 2

Intrusion was a neat little Flash game that followed a commando – complete with a long red scarf – as he burst into an enemy facility and murdered everything in sight. What was unusual was that it used physics simulation unusually detailed for a Flash game of the time. Intrusion 2 is more of the same, but the reason why it is here in the Technical Excellence finalists is because it went one step further, and began to model physics movement as well. Enemies go so far as to model legs and steps in a reasonably accurate way. That’s dedication to the physics model.

Intrusion 2 isn’t that unique from a design standpoint, but it’s still decent fun. You simply run from place to place, shooting all the bad dudes you see in the face with a variety of sci-fi looking weapons. Such bad dudes include your standard mooks as well as jetpacking baddies, floating grabbing tentacle robots, and other nasty mechanical creatures. My personal favorite is a huge dropship with big fists. If there’s something a futuristic aircraft needs, it’s massive mechnical fists to punch you in the face with!

That’s really all there is to Intrusion 2. Plot? Hogwash. Nuance? That’s for babies. Running around and blasting apart robots and the environment is far more fun, especially when you throw in ridiculous sequences like shooting a robotic river monster or ride a wolf through enemy encampments. You can pick up Intrusion 2 from Steam.

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