PAX Prime 2013: Spotlight on Indie Game Developers

One of the most popular events throughout the year for independent game developers, game enthusiasts, and of course anyone interested in cosplay just wrapped up in Seattle, Washington over the Labor Day weekend. PAX Prime, an annual gaming convention held in Seattle and other venues around the world features great music, gaming, tons of exciting exhibits, and of course, contests.

Intel Level Up Game Demo Contest

One of the most closely watched challenges at PAX Prime this year was the Intel Level Up Game Demo Contest. Winners of this contest were given the opportunity to demo their games at the Intel booth at Pax Prime, as well as partnering with contest sponsor Valve posting the winning game demo downloads for free on Steam.

Winners were selected by a panel of game industry judges, who played and evaluated the game demos, selecting the winners based on the criteria outlined in the official rules. The contest site offered several resources for contest participants, including:


  • Prize information: The developer of the game demo judged to be the best of all entries won a $5000 USD cash prize, inclusion of their game demo on the Steam demos page, and the opportunity to turn their game demo into a full playable game title and sign a Steam* online gaming platform commercial distribution contract with Valve Corporation. (Offer is subject to negotiation and agreement between Valve Corporation and the winner.) Game genre categories includes Best Puzzle/Physics Game, Best Platformer Game, Best Adventure/Role Playing Game, Best Action Game, and Best “Other” Game.
  • Contest rules
  •  Contest FAQ
  • Forums set up just for contest participants
  •  Intel Visual Computing Source: free access to developer guides, tools, and code samples for the Intel® CoreTM Processor Family and Intel® HD Graphics
  •  Intel Game Code Samples
  • Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers: a product suite which provides a complete toolkit for analyzing and optimizing your game applications

Contest winners

Here is a small sampling of the Intel Level Up Game Demo Contest winners:

Life Goes On:  “In this comically morbid puzzle platformer, players send a series of bumbling knights through a trap-ridden gauntlet on an epic quest for mysterious treasure. The knights must be sacrificed one by one to solve the ghastly puzzles that protect this coveted prize.”

Lilly Looking Through:  “What Lilly sees is about to change her life forever.... Help our heroine through a variety of enchanting environments brimming with magic and wonder, as she seeks to rewrite the past, change the present, and unlock the ultimate mystery. Geeta Games presents an animated point-and-click adventure for all ages: Lilly Looking Through.”

Protocell: “Protocell is a celestial platformer that follows players on their quest across the universe to collect the compounds Hydrogen, Methane, Water, and Ammonia, to create life on Earth. The space travelers possess the power to rotate their environment at will, while simultaneously creating their own platforms to traverse the twisted,...”

courtesy YouTube user NCIXcom

Intel PAX Booth

While gaming definitely holds the pole position at PAX Prime, the exhibitor booths definitely were a “don’t miss” event. Intel’s booth showcased the latest technology, including SSDs and NUCs, gave away a lot of swag, and they even brought Team Intel gamers to challenge all PAX Prime attendees to an ongoing game of League of Legends. Learn more in the video below: 

Here’s a video overview of Intel’s booth at the event, courtesy YouTube user LinusTechTips, which includes a new generation of Intel experiences , such as the convertible Ultrabook and the Revolt system running the latest Core i7 processors and latest graphics cards:


See you at the next PAX!

Were you at PAX Prime – or any of the other 2013 PAX events? What was your favorite part of these exciting shows? Let us know in the comments.





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