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Submitted by Makasu 1054d ago | opinion piece

Sony dominates the indie scene at GDC by showcasing 25 games

Sony is really focused on supporting independent games recently and at GDC they are showing off no less than 25 titles for PS3, PS Vita and PS Mobile. Gems like Spelunky, Hotline Miami, Ibb and Obb, Guacamelee and Thomas Was Alone to name a few. The recent announcement to make the approval process easier bode well for the future. The fact that Sony employed former gaming press individuals like Nick Suttner and Shane Bettenhausen who are doing a great job to promote the indie scene and pick up independent developers has made a huge difference. (PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony)

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StrongMan  +   1054d ago | Well said
This is why Sony will rule the hardcore gamers. They keep games at the forefront and have the guts to show up at GDC.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1054d ago | Well said
tentonsoftube approves this message!
iGAM3R-VIII  +   1054d ago
iGAM3R-VIII also approves this!!

Anyway, 25 indie games is actually quite a lot. It proves that Sony kept their word when they said they would be more open and encouraging to idie developers on the PS4. One of the many reasons I cannot wait until the release of the PS4, and E3
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Ritsujun  +   1054d ago
Sony doesn't need a braking system, at all.
miyamoto  +   1054d ago
I am astonished by Sony PlayStation's dedication to gamers and game makers regardless of sales figures. No wonder the games are flowing to PSP, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4.

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Skips  +   1054d ago
Same here.

If GDC showed off 25 indie games...

Then DAMN! Just imagine how effin crazy E3 will be this year!
nix  +   1054d ago
25 games is like 2 games every month.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1054d ago
Sony seems pissed off...
Since they didn't dominate this Gen and took nintendo and MS lightly, it backfired and dropped they're #1 spot to #3... And obviously, Sony is not happy with their current position judging by all the crazy changes they have made for the upcoming PS4 and it's really impressing everyone so far! including myself. I'm telling you, they're coming back with a vengeance! LOL!
Which brings me to the conclusion that Sony just might once again dominate the gaming industry! and that would be a great thing cause I know they are clearly about the gamers and developers, especially compared to the other platforms..
darthv72  +   1054d ago
indie games
are some of my favorite releases on psn/xbl/wiiware.

These smaller development houses have some creative people coming up with fun and entertaining content.
justpassinggas  +   1053d ago | Well said
Microsoft fanboys about the PS3 when it launched:

Microsoft fanboys about the PS4 when it launches:
morganfell  +   1053d ago
"ince they didn't dominate this Gen and took nintendo and MS lightly, it backfired and dropped they're #1 spot to #3"

Actually Sony didn't drop to number 3. They are in 2nd but only in sales of their main console. As regards games, their quality and breadth of choice, they never slipped from 1st place.
BattleAxe  +   1053d ago
Looks like it really will be a battle between STEAM and PS4 this next generation. I think Android is going to have more of effect over Nintendo and Microsoft in the next generation also.
thechosenone  +   1053d ago
Sony is killing it with the indie news. Well done Sony, keep this momentum going!
sikbeta  +   1053d ago
Would be nice if Sony expand PSM further and invest more in the platform, such waste to see it barely getting games...
DoomeDx  +   1054d ago
And I loooooove indie game!
The only game developers that are not influenced by casuallity.
specialagent4532  +   1054d ago
Me too it looks like Sony has truly learned from their mistakes. Now I am more interested than ever for PS4. Damn I just love indie games so creative and innovative these titles are. I am not sarcastic is the truth. Games that I played in the beginning of this generation echo chrome, the last guy, puzzle quest, trine, etc.
specialagent4532  +   1054d ago
Me too it looks like Sony has truly learned from their mistakes from this generation. I am now more interested in the PS4 is that I love indie games so creative and innovative these titles are. I am not being sarcastic is the truth so much that in the beginning of this generation I played echo chrome, puzzle quest, trine the last guy, etc..
GraveLord  +   1054d ago | Well said
Meanwhile Microsoft is busy making deals with ESPN, Disney Channel, Sesame Street or whatever other shit they've been pushing lately.

Does anyone still think the gaming part of Xbox hasn't suffered?
Godmars290  +   1054d ago
This gen MS tried to make the issue about exclusives, rather about how they didn't matter, and by most counts failed. Now so far by rumor and hearsay they're going for entertainment for next gen.

Just have to wait and find out, but who here thinks that's good for gaming?
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1054d ago | Well said
Everything was all good up until this comment. Do people see why now N4G will never be taken seriously?

It's comments like these that strays respect for other gamers on here.

That comment wasn't necessary.

EDIT: So I guess its cool to make fun of Xbox but, "off with his head" when making fun of PlayStation. Ok, I see how how it is.

Aww yeah Lets give him a "well said" hes so smart I wanna be just like him.... Losers
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loulou  +   1054d ago
no godofmars, microsoft made it a priority of securing as much 3rd party support as possible this gen, and breaking sonys stranglehold on gta and games like that.

search the net, i am sure you will find it.

the ps2s sales were propelled by games like gta, ff, mgs etc. the only first party game in the ps2 era that helped sony massively was gt (a bit like this gen really). although nearly every big 3rd party franchise that i mentioned above did find it's way to the xbox, they were so long after sony had had them that they didn't really count.

imagine what would have happened to the 360 if they had had the same level of 3rd party support as last gen? or if gta had been exclusive or had followed the same as the ps2 era.?

microsoft would already be out of the console business
specialagent4532  +   1054d ago
Financially speaking no; however, their reputation has gone down the drain.
Jobesy  +   1054d ago
"Everything was all good up until this comment. Do people see why now N4G will never be taken seriously?"

People don't really take any comment sections on the net seriously. People come to N4G for the news and the comment section for entertainment. If you want a deep engaging conversation then try the forums instead of comment sections.
loulou  +   1054d ago
jobsey, yes and know. perhaps the forum part maybe. But n4g is a nothing site the is choc full of fanboys, top 5s, and blogs that are wrote especially for the fanboys that dwell here
Godmars290  +   1054d ago
MS had largely tried to copy what Sony did when they first went into consoles, but aren't getting it right.

Where it was the PS1 which ended Nintendo's stranglehold on the industry, allowed it to grow and franchises like FF, MGS and RE to become what they were, though the PS2 built upon that with GTA, it was really it movie playback which won the brand its place in the consumer market. If Sega had supported VCDs, which was a similar tech right along DVDs, or MS not messed up and forced to use a kit, then that gen would have been different.

Likewise because they did nothing directly, failed to show any true advantages like the PS1 did against the N64, any benefits MS might have had by throwing money around to get exclusive largely means nothing now. For all the programming issues the PS3 has, it has games which - arguably, of course arguably - set the benchmark for this gen. Meanwhile the 360 just has PC ports.

And if not for all the money they had, they wouldn't still be around when RRoD happened.
loulou  +   1054d ago
sorry gravelord but i do and dont agree.

dvd was a big plus last gen. but no way was a forced kit from microsoft the reason why sony sold 100m more ps2s thne they sold xboxs. it was all the games. and not the the first party ones either.

no one can deny this!

now imagine the same scenario this time around. very little 3rd party support....? 360 would have died with 4 red lights about 6 months after gta4 hit as an exclusive on the ps3.
punisher99  +   1054d ago
Now that was well said.
kenshiro100  +   1053d ago
Only for the same third party games to end up going to other consoles...
JoGam  +   1054d ago
Well I heard MS has added 25 cable stations to 720. Im kidding. Seriously, you gotta just wonder what MS is doing now.
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Veneno  +   1053d ago
If comedy central was one of them that'd be pretty kool.
xHeavYx  +   1054d ago
"Sony dominates"... So... what's new? Sony always dominates
Jack of Death  +   1053d ago
Really? I thought MS was the most innovating when it came to the gaming market. When the original Xbox came out it was clearly a dominate system. They came out with a gaming service called Xbox live that makes/made so much money and Sony definitely learned from MS. Sony had to give PSN for free or it would never have survived this console gen. Competition is good and brings out the best for the consumers. I hope the gaming industry keeps on innovating. It only helps the consumers. I bought just about all the consoles this gen.... Holding out on the Wii U. Just don't think Nintendo is keeping up with the times. I really think Sony learned so much from this and the past Gen. Don't charge 600+ for your console at launch and then when it breaks a little more than a year later charge another 180 for it to be fixed. I'm still really pissed about that. You mess up building a console you fix it. My PS2 had issues reading disks and Sony would not fix it(both launch consoles). I really hope Sony gets their act together and starts caring about the consumer. I'm not going to buy their system at launch do too the last 2 consoles I bought from them.... Or maybe if their is an extended warranty I will think about it..... Sony usually gets better with time. Just like PSN. It was so crappy at launch. It used to lag and lacked so many features that xblive had. Now it's just as good. I'm not a fanboy.
Irishguy95  +   1054d ago
Just wait till E3/ GDC usually sucks even moreso that the sorry excuses of 'e3' we have had the last few years. Sony showed up this time round
GenericNameHere  +   1054d ago | Well said
"Just wait till E3"
Haven't you Xbox fanboys been saying that since 2009, and have been disappointed with each one ever since?
Evil-snuggles   1053d ago | Trolling | show
badz149  +   1053d ago
wow just wow
1 time MS didn't show up and Sony put up a good show, suddenly the GDC "usually" sucks ha?
SubtenkoGaming  +   1053d ago
PSN was the new name for the online part of PlayStation and its always been for never costed any money... Sony didnt have to do anything but keep being Sony and thats what they are doing now.

What M$ has to do is keep misleading people and gamers using cheap tactics like timed dlc since they are always stumbling every step they take like an alcoholic on a Saturday night.

I really was thinking about getting the xbox720 but screw it,lol I mean I still have to wait and see what they are going to do but they might be screwed at this point.
kenshiro100  +   1053d ago
Just wait until E3...

Just wait until...

Just wait...

You're serious, right?
Apollosupreme  +   1054d ago
Wake me up when Minecraft or Terraria is available to play on Vita...
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1054d ago
really? This is a user's reply? A man will play these games on PC if he feels like it (which he doesn't)
Apollosupreme  +   1054d ago
Confirmation. This was in fact a user reply. Note the user name, time stamp and message. All classic indicators.

Minecraft and Terreria are two of the premier indy games on the market and are on consoles now. They would play better on the Vita due to it's superior controls. It's a natural progression for these two wonderful games. Sales indicate that "A man" will like to play this on whatever he can get his hands on.
Hicken  +   1054d ago
Wake me up when Microsoft has a handheld, or more than one console on the market at once.

Shall we run off a list of indie(not "indy") games on Sony consoles? I'm certain we could find quite a few worth mentioning in the same breath as your two.

And didn't I hear a rumor about Terraria on something Sony? Yeah, it's gonna be on PS3 just like on 360, so that just leaves Minecraft.

I'm sorry, what was the point of your comment again?

Side note: good job not understanding Jaqen's posts. That might be the saddest part of all.
Apollosupreme  +   1054d ago
My point is that I want Minecraft and Terraria on my Vita... You guys can take your console peeing contest elsewhere. You're worthy of being considered a human being whether you're exclusively married to Microsoft or Sony. Never forget this. All the best.
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profgerbik  +   1054d ago
Terreria actually might come to the Vita..

"while publisher 505 Games readies itself for the port's PS3 launch, it’s also hinted that the game could be coming to the PlayStation Vita, too."

"a company representative responded to a query regarding the likelihood of a Vita release with a cryptic tease. “Stay tuned next week,” the publisher said. “We might address that question.”

They very well could just say it isn't coming but they also could say it will. So there is one of your games you want, with a chance of coming to the Vita.

Minecraft is a little different, I don't think that could run on the Vita due to it's intensive RAM and CPU moments. Of course the game itself isn't much but it is the customization that makes it hardware heavy at times depending on the user of course.

If they put Minecraft on the Vita, it would probably be a stripped down version like the mobile "Pocket Edition".
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dedicatedtogamers  +   1054d ago
I'd be down for a handheld Minecraft (already rumored for PSN, possibly Vita), or Terraria (out for PSN, this week, I think). I'd also be down for Fez (already rumored for PS3/Vita, also). I'd be happy for a lot of indie games, actually, which is exactly what Sony is doing. They're being smart.
Blackdeath_663  +   1053d ago
minecraft is shit without user created contents and mods while terraria is already coming to consoles.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1054d ago
I'm just excited to see the Vita getting more support. Smaller, quicker, pick-up-and-play games are why I do the majority of my gaming on handhelds anyway, so to see more of those sorts of games flocking to the Vita makes me a very happy gamer.
ICECREAM  +   1054d ago
They are really preparing for Gaikai, just to compete with xbla and steam.
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BlmThug  +   1054d ago
Sony is literally doing every thing right with the PS4! Cannot fault them at all
Veneno  +   1053d ago
WRONG WRONG WRONG! They didn't show the console!
Thirty3Three  +   1053d ago
Since it doesn't seem to have gotten old yet.......

Thirty3Three approves this message as well! :)
SPAM-FRITTER-123  +   1053d ago
Meanwhile Sony is busy making deals with ESPN, Disney Channel, Sesame Street or whatever other shit they've been pushing lately.

Does anyone still think the gaming part of PS3 hasn't suffered?
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ps3_pwns  +   1053d ago
i agree 154 agrees and only 14 disagrees. you disagreers gonna be the only 14 people playing the xbox while the millions of others gonna be playing the playstation. you might want to reconsider what console you gonna get because the ps4 is the next big thing and it will have the most people online, the most and the best games. do not fight it! or you gonna have a realy realy sad lonely time next gen. believe that
livealie25  +   1053d ago
Wtf did I just read?
fsfsxii  +   1053d ago
You just read the truth :)
Army_of_Darkness  +   1053d ago
Oh I totally agree with you bro, Sony Kicks ass when it comes to actual games for gamers. I was talking sales wise, which I should have been more specific on my last comment.
DigitalSmoke  +   1054d ago
Marching foward.
(the people who disagreed with this should truly be a shamed of themselfs)
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maniacmayhem  +   1054d ago
I'm all about the indie scene and a big supporter of all or anything independent. From movies, music and definitely games. I was probably one of the few who bought indie games on 360 just because.

For this next gen I don't think I'll be able to have all three systems seeing how doing that this gen was sort of a waste but if PS4 can secure or have an open pipe line (like Steam)and bring in games like Hotline:Miami then I will definitely be on board.
Makasu  +   1054d ago
That's very interesting to hear from a 360 owner. I really hope they can sustain and develop the indie scene on the PS4, hopefully the move to make it easier to self publish will bear fruit.
iMaim  +   1054d ago
Sony, your love is killing me.
Donnieboi  +   1054d ago
What the heck is that in your avatar?
mt  +   1054d ago
one of the characters in a anime called bleach, I don't know his name thought.
clintagious650  +   1054d ago
Hes the captain of the 12th division named "Kurotshuchi Mayuri".
NateCole  +   1054d ago
There are a lot of reasons why this focus on indie devs is good for sony.

One other reason is to really attract mobile devs and gamers to PS.These will not be android games.
4lc4pon3  +   1054d ago
This is why I am a Playstation fan period. They dont BS the gamers they give us what we want.

Thanks Sony for giving me the very best gaming experience
Crystallis  +   1054d ago
nosferatuzodd  +   1054d ago
Zodd the immortal approve you're comment 4LC4Pon3
Long live play
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Clarence  +   1054d ago
Sony given the gamers what we want. More diverse choice of games to choice from. Next gen will belong to Sony.
BLow  +   1054d ago
F*ck u...F*ck u...and F*ck u...Who's next? Haha, love that movie and nice
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HK5A  +   1054d ago
Off topic: name of the movie please.
clintagious650  +   1054d ago

"Coming To America" Starring Eddie Murphy. The movie is funny as hell.
jdaboss  +   1053d ago
Werent you Sony fanboys beating your chest with similar fervor back in 2005?
Clarence  +   1053d ago
Don't u get tired if making new accounts to spread you fanboy bull$h!t.
Don't be mad because Sony is putting in work. Like I said giving the gamers what we want.

Also the PS3 wasn't released until 2006.
In 2005 the PS2 was still kicking down doors.

If you want I can make a new account and we can go back forth all day.
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Sithlord-Gamble  +   1054d ago
I'm glad that Sony is bringing in more independents ... these people could be the creators of the next big AAA title ...
BUT ...
Part of me is disappointed. I didn't buy my Vita to play an asston of Indie titles.
I bought it to play console-type games.
I hope the Vita doesn't become a portable indie machine.
braydox21  +   1053d ago
don't forget that the vita will be able to stream most if not all ps4 games. but the vita does need its own games gravity rush and liberation were good, would love to see Xcom on the vita that would be awsome.
thehusbo  +   1054d ago
Standard procedure. Sony giving us gamers what we want. Meanwhile what is that other 'gaming' company doing? Getting more pointless apps that nobody cares about onto the cablebox360
NateCole  +   1054d ago
It is very smart for Sony to provide a good place for indi and mobile devs on the PS platform that is similar to what indi and mobile devs have on mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

Basically what Sony is doing is open up the PS platform so that it would be just as easy for indi and mobile devs to develop publish and sell their games on PS like they have on mobile.

The good thing is these dev friendly measures also applies to current console game publishers.

The PS platform therefore will cater to the mobile devs and crowd as well and will not be directly be in competition as it will support both worlds. So mobile gamers and devs will find that PS is just as easy as andorid or ios for gaming but better.

The reason why it will be better is because most mobile games on the PS will take advantage of PS platform specific gaming capability and also devs know that their audience on PS are game centric and will have to lift their games to attract with much better rewards for them. So i don't expect tons of worthless games on PS as there are on andorid.

When Sony announced that the PS4 is a console for devs i didn't know they would go this far. Pretty amazing
braydox21  +   1053d ago
hopefully mods will become avaible..... a man can dream (sigh)
khowat  +   1054d ago
PS4 will be THE console next gen
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saimcheeda  +   1054d ago
Reason I love PlayStation
Variety! So many different genres to choose from. Having those options is especially important for me considering I'm not a fan of FPS games with the exception of Killzone 2! Loved the PS3 last gen and bet im going to love PS4!
ahm  +   1054d ago
That's what gamers want games, nuff respect Sony.
sdplisken  +   1054d ago
Thank You Sony :)
ColeMacGrath  +   1054d ago
Sony, you never fail to impress!
Jamaicangmr  +   1054d ago
Damn 25?!
This King is back and he's gonna make some changes around the kingdom.

This is what we all want from our gaming companies. All fanboy BS aside we want our console manufactures to be about games and not just repeating the same game every year because they are commercial successes. Independent game studios are the real innovataters of this industry.

Great job Sony you surely aren't making it easy for Microsoft next gen are you?
Evil-snuggles   1053d ago | Trolling | show
Nathaniel_Drake  +   1053d ago
It's funny that whenever I praise Sony and say that it always benefits us gamers if Sony succeeds that I am some fanboy.

Games are their DNA, you invest in the PS family you get games, no fillers just games. Even in the beginning of the PS3 I blindly chose the system over the others because I trusted them, they know what they are doing. I'm sorry if it seems fanboyish but facts are facts and I knew this would happen.

As for other systemss, my pattern usually is to get the Nintendo system years after exhausting the current gen PS in this case get a Wii after playing all the games I want on the PS3, same will go next gen to.
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pissed999  +   1053d ago
Pc wins.
ps3_pwns  +   1053d ago
playstation the must own console every gen. Dont miss out guys.
arbitor365  +   1053d ago
indie games will definitely be important in the coming generation.

all these vita titles are definitely going to help it because alot of people just want quick, simple, cheap indie games to play on the go
Felonycarclub8  +   1053d ago
E3 is going to be insane, ps4 the neXtbox wii u pc and all those games. I wish I could go to E3 I always wanted to do that and this year would have been perfect.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1053d ago
thats nothing, dominating? lmao hardly, look at the xbox live indie tab, NOW THATS dominating
stragomccloud  +   1053d ago
I really think that Indie games are going to have a much bigger impact this gen.
Veneno  +   1053d ago
Thats true. The scene is making higher quality games. B3fore now there really wasn't anything to enjoy that was indie.
neyony345  +   1053d ago
Lol, this was the time where the Next Xbox needed to shine the most. GDC was a miss for Microsoft, and with nothing solid to show at GDC, I'm beginning to lose faith in Microsoft. This cowardly act will only hurt the Xbox in the long run.
fsfsxii  +   1053d ago
Sony being Sony.
Arai  +   1053d ago
It's good that they are supporting the indies, more choices for the consumer.
Sometimes you might find gems between the lot as well.
ONI5  +   1053d ago
And when this was published 5 indie games came out on XBLIG. By the time half of these games come out there wlll be about 30-40 indie games out on XBLIG. Hardly dominating, especially when 2 are already out on XBLA.
inFAMOUS_KRATOS  +   1053d ago
people dont get it, this indie developers are like local singers / wannabes, they will try to impress with most innovative game, this is why this will be huge for sony-

maybe one of this indie developers will be drawn into the PLAYSTATION FAMILY?

seriously, i have funny feeling this the only reason sony change its plan on this indie developers, studios and first party will be crucial next gen, most of us will grow tired of the bs activiton and ea throw at us.
Enemy  +   1053d ago
I'm already tired of the EA/Activision BS, actually. A lot of us are.
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