CO-OP, the new and much talked about program from the creators of The 1UP Show, dedicated its latest episode to independent games with segments on the Independent Games Festival and the Game Over/Continue? art show, which opened in San Francisco on the last night of the Game Developers Conference.

The show's first half shares footage of several IGF finalists and winners, such as Feist and Blueberry Garden, cut with the CO-OP group's discussion on the titles and interviews with the developers from the expo floor.

The four-student DigiPen team behind Tag: The Power of Paint, specifically, have an interesting conversation about their first-person puzzle platformer's limited color palette and their aggressive play-testing method - video after the break:

At around the 27 minute mark, the CO-OP crew recounts Game Over/Continue?'s opening night, talking about the video game-inspired art on display at Giant Robot San Francisco's gallery. The show has received hardly any press outside of a few niche outlets, which is especially unfortunate when you consider the amount of attention paid to similar exhibits like i am 8-bit.

Game Over/Continue? is running until April 15th, though, so you can still visit and see work from "top artists in the fields of illustration, painting, sewing, and indie comics," including the Mario vs. Ryu painting and the disturbing Q*bert piece mentioned by CO-OP.

What won't be at the show are the four fantastic ARTXGAME titles that were created as collaborations between artists and independent game makers. They were available for just that opening night, but curator Adam Robezzoli says there are plans to possibly make them playable again soon.

The ARTXGAME pieces included Octopounce, a gorgeous four-player title from Saelee Oh and Anna Anthropy (Calamity Annie); a surreal River City Ransom-esque brawler from Hellen Jo and Derek Yu (Aquaria); a competitive game in which players picked up, stole, and returned nuts to their bases from Souther Salazar and Petri Purho (Crayon Physics); and a grungey piece with laser-shooting cats collecting rabbits from Deth P Sun and Jonatan 'Cactus' Söderström (Mondo Agency).

You can read additional impressions of the games from Gamasutra alumni Brandon Boyer, and see more photos of the art and Game Over/Continue?'s opening night on GRSF's Flickr set. Unsold pieces from the show are also now available for purchase online.