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On this day 7 years ago, Andrés Iniesta led 2008 European Champions to their first ever World Cup after scoring the game winning goal in the 116th minute, beating the Netherlands 1-0

There are certain pictures you see from the World Cup that stay with you, pictures that have a meaning far deeper than the trophy that the team won. A brotherly embrace. For just a few moments suspended in time, long enough for the cameraman to capture this moment to the world, saying ‘We don’t care if you support Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, in this moment, we are one. One team. One country. One glorious moment embedded in our minds that will stay with us forever.’

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LOS CENTENARIOS: Reaching 100 caps is a magical number of prestige and recognition. Andres Iniesta is the last one to join a list formed by eight other players (Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernández, Andoni Zubizarreta, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Raúl González and Carles Puyol) that embody the history of Spanish football.

Celebrate MLK Day with activist games!

Now more than ever before, indie games are positioned to educate, empathize, and stand for what’s right. These past IndieCade selections do just that. Today we applaud every activist, big and small. We’re proud to count game developers like you in our midst. This is just a small taste of the amazing work we see around us every day: thank you.

1979 REVOLUTION: Black Friday, our 2016 Festival Grand Jury Awardee, is a riveting narrative adventure based on Iran’s defining revolution. Will you survive as an aspiring photojournalist on the gritty streets of Tehran?

…&maybetheywontkillyou is an empathy experience about being poor & black in America. Participants journey to a local corner store but must deflect harassment.  Will you speak out or remain silent? Either way, you must deal with the consequences. …&maybetheywontkillyou was a 2016 Gaming for Everyone selection and a 2015 Festival nominee.

In Sunset, you are a refugee trapped in San Bavón during a military coup. As a housekeeper for the wealthy, you become sucked into a rebellious plot against a notorious dictator. Sunset was at our 2015 E3 Showcase.

Liyla & the Shadows of War is a moving mobile game that tells the story of a little girl living in Gaza during the war in 2014. Help your family get out & run away for their lives. Liyla & the Shadows of War was an IndieCade Europe 2016 selection.

Use of Force is a virtual reality documentary that recreates the traumatic event in which Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten & tasered to death by border control along the US-Mexican border. Dozens of migrants have been killed by border patrol under questionable circumstances, prompting the Department of Justice to review their Use of Force protocols. Use of Force was an IndieCade 2014 Impact Awardee.

How have military drones affected us? In Killbox, critically explore the consequences of the abstraction of killing and extension of military power. Based on documented Northern Pakistan strikes. Killbox was a 2016 Festival Nominee.

Step into some big shoes in Giant Cop, a charming & satirical VR game from our 2016 Festival. It’s up to you to watch all of the citizens of Metro City! Rule with an iron fist or a soft hand: it’s up to you!

There have been many IndieCade games over the years that educate & change us and these are just a few. Thank you to all of the developers for acting in the face of injustice.

Because this is probably the last time we will see this generation play together and play for the national team, I want the Australia match to serve as a proper send off for the players who brought Spain glory at two Euro Cups and a World Cup. I want this to be a proper curtain call. Torres and Villa in the striking position, Iniesta, Hernandez, Alonso, Fabregas, Busquets, and Pedro in midfield or as fullbacks, Pique and Ramos in the back with Casillas in the goal. Bring the winning team from 2008, 2010, and 2012 to play one last game for Spain. Because they deserve this final game, and Del Bosque better give it to them. 

It will be sad but this is the only way that I will be satisfied to see these players go. 

Ideally, I’d like their families to appear and share this final moment with them as well. 

I’m praying that Del Bosque won’t fail me on this.