New Colorado Video Games Got a Chance to Shine at the Denver Indie Games Expo

Curling up in front of a screen on a cold, snowy day is one of winter's underrated pleasures, and it's one that wasn't lost on the crowd at the Denver Indie Games Expo at Clutch Gaming Arena in Arvada on Saturday. Players and creators who had braved the slippery roads milled about, schmoozing and trying their hands at local games on the computers arranged around the room.

In one corner, Brad Schumacher fiddled with the knobs on a cluster of homemade synthesizers, one of them constructed out of a jewelry box. Schumacher, who performs under the name Night Grinder, makes noisy, atmospheric music using everything from stringed instruments to recordings of light bulbs and concrete being crushed in a vise. (Westword's sister paper Riverfront Times named Schumacher, a recent transplant from St. Louis, the city's best noise musician in 2013). He said he came to the Indie Games Expo hoping to find local developers in need of someone to soundtrack their games.

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Adam Roy is a contributor of Westword, a former editor at Outside and Matador Network, his writing has also appeared in Paste, High Country News and other online and print publications nationally and abroad.
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