Somewhere, during that time, I got into flash games. I noticed that some of these games had a definite 'artistic' bent, which worked well for the short-form of flash games. I played some very interesting games on Kongregate, including Looming, The Majesty of Colors, I can Hold my Breath Forever. When I started using Steam a lot more, and purchasing the Humble Bundles, I left Kongregate behind.
Well, I'm glad I went back to Kongregate, because now I found a game called 'hero story' by Terry Cavanagh, of VVVVVV and Hexagon fame. This game is short - very short, but does not disappoint. In fact, this game addresses a gaming convention that I've been wanting to see challenged for a long time. There's really something to be said for these short-run games and the ability to do one small thing effectively. I still nurture ambitions of making games of my own, and I find these Flash games inspiring to that goal.
I should also mention that all the games on Kongregate are Free. I've linked below to some of my favorites; I haven't posted any descriptions, but recommend you have a look at them. Each of these games presents a strong atmosphere, despite being short-run and simple.
by Terry Cavenaugh
by Gregory Weir
The Majesty of Colors
I can hold my breath forever
by Daniel Ben
Today I die