January Gathering: Promises for the New Year

[singlepic=343,320,240,,center]The exciting year of 2009 started off with a bang at the IGDA Finland Gathering on January 13th held at Cuba Cafe in Helsinki. Despite the gloomy and cold weather and the Finnish tradition of "tipaton tammikuu" ("Dropless January", meaning an alcohol-free month) a whopping 138 visitors showed up to enjoy their time with a glass - or a pint - of their favourite beverage. We were also given the pleasure to welcome 9 new faces aboard. Hope to see you at the next gathering, too!

[singlepic=341,320,240,,center] Without hesitation the topic of the evening was the oven-fresh indie game Crayon Physics Deluxe by Petri Purho (2008 IGF winner), which has received lots of good press of late. Petri most likely got his hands blistered from all the congratulating handshakes he received throughout the evening!

The evening progressed nicely with developers changing ideas and the latest news on the field. All in all, the evening was a great success knowing that usually Januaries are on the quiet side. Later in the evening some visitors even found the will and courage to do a small-scale dance show! :)

[slideshow=31] You can see more of the photos taken at the event at the gallery.

Be sure not to miss out the next gathering on February 10th! Same time, same place!