For those who don’t know Joe Larson, he is Guesst on the UQM/SCDB forums. He is also a fan of Star Control. A long time ago, he worked on ASCIIpOrtal which caught the attention of many video game blogs.
Joe has entered the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival. A total of 306 games have been entered into this competition. Each game will be evaluated by over 15o judges at the 2010 Game Developers Conference.
Joe also wanted to show the world that game designers don’t need art degrees, flashy graphics, and that anyone can make games. I once tried to get into game design a few times, playing with various libraries and game engines and I realized there is so much for me to learn before I can make a serious game. :D
Since ASCIIpOrtal will be judged by a pre-determined group of people, we have no direct control over who will win. It’s all up to them. Joe’s a fan of Star Control and I’m glad to see that he’s getting some attention and got into the IGF. All we can do is wish him luck and maybe hope that an IGF judge will see this and will have an even better impression of his game.
Good luck Joe and I wish you the best. I’ll pay extra attention to the Game Developers Conference and I’m excited to see what will happen.