Indies from the Middle

Indies from the Middle is a curated collection of independent games that uniquely represent the character, personality and aesthetics of the country's mid-Atlantic region. The one day pop-up arcade occurs on December 7th, 2014 at the Smithsonian Art Museum, 8th and F NW, Washington, DC 20004. The event is curated and organized in partnership with The International Game Developer's Association (IGDA) chapters in Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia along with American University and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The aim of the exhibit is to celebrate independent games and the novel experiences they offer.

Indies from the Middle



The event is organized in partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with support from American University Game Lab and:

Indies from the Middle: Selections

The following games were selected by the organizers.

Washington, DC:



Social Impact Games
(selected by American University and Games For Change)

  • Fat Chicken
  • We The Jury
  • Never Alone
  • Papers Please
  • Two


    A sample of some of the press about Indies from the Middle and IndieArcade.

    Gamasutra: Smithsonian plans pop-up arcade for December

    Brightest Young Things: Indie Arcade at Smithsonian American Art Museum

    DC Inno: AU Game Lab Opened a Video Game Arcade at the Smithsonian Over the Holidays

    Washington Post: Free and Easy HOLIDAZE, Artfete and Indie Arcade

    New Gamer Nation: Smithsonian American Art Museum Hosts Indie Arcade