I would be very surprised if, unlike other DigiPen releases, the group behind Nitronic Rush gets picked up by Valve anytime soon. Still, Valve surprises- so we'll see.
Nitronic Rush is a driving game. It is in the style of Tron or, more recently, Saints Row 3 Cyber Blazing. The music is appropriate (techno) and works well with the aesthetic. What makes the game most interesting is not the genre, but what the game actually is. The game is described (http://nitronic-rush.com/) as an "experimental survival driving game" and this seems like a solid description. Also, sometimes your car flies.
I'm bad at driving games and not properly boned-up on the genre, so I'm sure that I'm not the best one to really describe the experience. However, if this interests you at all you should try it for free as part of the OnLive IGF promotion (http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/1...).
I suck at driving games so I died a lot (read: A LOT). Still, I really enjoyed the experience.
I'd be curious in hearing any experiential feedback from people who suck any degree less (or more) than me at driving games.