By Cyrus Martin The time has come to put an end to an abomination in the video game industry.
I don't think the label is bad, to me Indie means the game is back by actual people not by a corporation..but then again a corporation is just a bunch of people.
So if Electronics buys an indie developer are they still considered indie? I think the big guys have muddled what indie is supposed to be and are now trying to profit by making indie gaming more mainstream. To me indie is a small team with no publisher. All one has to do is know about the Humble Bundles which was supposed to be deals on lesser known games that you bid on. It was a way to generate huge profits in some cases by selling these games in large bulk. Now we see Sega Humble Bundles and so on. Again they (big publishers) are trying to capitalize on these things. It's great to see someone like Sony give center stage to indie developers but you know all of this is going to just confuse the whole idea of what indie games used to represent. Can you honestly tell me No Man's Sky is still considered indie? The bright side to all of this is we no longer have to be a prisoner to the $60 boxed game.
Really good opinion piece. Not what the title suggests, though. I recommend everyone read the full piece before commenting.
"Whether a game was created by a multi billion dollar conglomerate or by one person living in a basement, the value of the entire product will be determined the same way. If it is fun, then nothing else matters" I agreed with the article. It's time to put an end for labelling games as "indies", "AA", or "AAA". We should judge games as you know...games. And the only important thing for us gamers is if the games really fun or not. Just like the old days. We don't care if game A,B,C,etc are by indies or big company. We just play and enjoy them with our friends and families ^^
There is actually a spectrum of in the video game market now. There actually are people who are independent developers and identify as independent. There are indie devs who should probably consider dropping that nomenclature and adopt something else because they are something different (Jonathan Blow, Double Fine, maybe even Housemarque). The market is changing faster than we can describe it, and that's pretty exciting.
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Title isn't what you expect the article to necessarily be about, pleasant surprise. GREAT editorial, it's about time someone put this out there. Way too many people I know won't event give a game a chance if it's indie because... "it's indie." They've missed out on some truly great gaming experiences because of this and will continue to. It's sad that people restrict themselves to great experiences because 'x' number of dollars wasn't invested in the game. People have developed this notion that if a game has more money spent on it then that must mean the costly game is better; oh how wrong they are. In fact, in most fields this is not the case. Quality is quality, despite the cost of manufacture.
I agree 100% with this article! I remember, not too long ago, when games weren't "AAA" or "indie"...they were just GAMES! You look at the quality of these "indie" games...these were titles that we would have paid $50-$60 for just a few years ago! (in some cases, we did just that!) For people (typically Xbox supporters) to argue that "indie" games are "junk" or "garbage" is just plain stupid. Many of the games I play today are "indie", and I get just as much, if not MORE enjoyment playing them than I do "AAA" titles! I would play "Transistor" over "Sunset Overdrive" ANY day of the week! Likewise, I have been playing "Spelunky" on a DAILY basis the past month or so! It's not that I favor "indies" over "AAA"...both have a place in my game library! I still play "Tomb Raider" (and one of these days I will actually finish the game!)and "Infamous" on my PS4...and I will be buying "The Last of Us", "Destiny", and "Evolve" this year...But I will also be buying "Rogue Legacy", "Minecraft", and probably a half dozen other, smaller games as well! My guess is that most of the hate coming from the Xbox side is just plain jealousy. They KNOW they have HALF the number of games to play than we do on the Sony, and the only way they justify their purchase is to discount the value of many of the games we enjoy on the Playstation. Personally, I love "indie" games, and I am glad Sony has made a home for them on the PS4. I will continue to buy them and enjoy them!
Very well written piece. I totally agree. People are too quick to label a game "Indie" & then write it off. I feel that No Man's Sky should put an end to the title "Indie".
Well written and I agree with everything he said. You either enjoy a game or you don't..money doesn't make a great game. In my opinion, anyone who automatically writes off all indies, is automatically stupid..lol. You play and then determine if you like that AAA title or that indy game.
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