A few people removed jackets and dropped their bags in preparation for the inevitable fall they'd suffer trying to perform a handstand in the middle of a crowded Indie Megabooth; one young man guessed he would probably kill someone with his gymnastics. Before anyone attempted the actual handstand though, it hit them -- this was Alex Bruce, and he wanted them to stand on their hands. So they stepped on their fingers and Bruce signed their punch cards, grinning the entire time, every time.
As a game, Antichamber follows roughly the same principles of mind-messing puzzles and impossible physics, and Bruce appears to find as much joy in watching people play his game as he does watching them almost do handstands.
Indie Fund recently announced that it was backing Antichamber, and Bruce confirmed to Joystiq that this money is all "finishing funds," and the game is definitely coming out this year. When this year is still a mystery, but it will be in 2012.
"It's definitely getting to the point where I have to finish and release it," Bruce told us.
Nor is it coming to consoles: Making an ambitious title for PC by yourself is difficult enough, but developing for consoles would create an entirely new set of problems, he said:
"It would kill a lot of my spare creativity to create for platforms."
And Bruce definitely has creativity to spare.