LoveIndies gets underway with 12 days of video game favourites, recommendations, and reviews

LoveIndies boosts the discoverability of cherished video games by smaller scale studios. — Failbetter Games/AFP Relaxnews

This year's iteration of community campaign LoveIndies runs from June 1 to 12, with fans kicking off the event by recommending their favourite indie game of the year so far.

Twelve days of indie game appreciation begins on June 1 by asking game fans to pick their favourite independent studio release of 2020 to date and posting to a #LoveIndies hashtag.

Early suggestions include picturesque spy thriller Over The Alps for Apple Arcade, Mac and PC; barista story Coffee Talk for console and computer; stylish space station puzzle Filament; and mech fighter Garrison Archangel.

At the other end of the scale, there's the extremely polished action adventure Black Mesa, an ambitious and comprehensive PC and Linux remake of 1998 video game icon Half-Life, 15 years in the making and very well received upon its final release in March.

Others have gently argued the case for 2019 favourites, such as December 2019's PS4, Xbox and PC journey Arise and mid-year timeloop story Outer Wilds.

That's just a taste of Day 1 of LoveIndies, with the event spreading to streaming platforms and including a pin badge giveaway.

New for LoveIndies 2020 is a social media challenge calendar that includes suggested dates for naming the "indie game that made you laugh the most" (June 7),"favourite indie game that no-one else has heard of" (June 10), and "best indie game to play with friends" (June 12), among others.

The campaign is supported and loosely curated by UK studio Failbetter Games, which is known for story-based community game Fallen London as well as ahistorical Lovecraftian fantasies Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies.

Failbetter provides a set of community guidelines to help LoveIndies participants get the most out of the event.

Just as we follow the three Rs of recycling – reduce, reuse, recycle – LoveIndies has its own 3 Rs: rate, review, recommend.

That way, LoveIndies works as a focus for appreciation and discovery, as well as for increased engagement between players, developers, influencers and audiences.

Developers benefit from an influx of reviews and online word of mouth – though Failbetter is careful to emphasise that the campaign is not about paid reviews, nor about demanding positive reviews. – AFP Relaxnews

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