As the controversy between Fez creator Phil Fish and Microsoft began to unfold, I couldn’t help myself but think of a certain moment in rock music history. In 1976 England, the early punk rock band Sex Pistols signed with EMI records after a rise to stardom by way of audaciousness and controversy. In just a four short months, for reasons including a profanity-laden interview on national television and protests from the conservative right, the band was dropped from the label. And yet, they continued inspiring and intimidating an entire generation of music fans.
Why the quick music history lesson? Well, the similarities between where rock music was in 1976 and where games are today cannot be denied, and by studying those links, we can get a good idea of the future of indie games.