Jason Evangelho writes:
"The word "Independent" conjures an ever-widening spectrum of emotion across all forms of creative media, and video games are no exception.
Indie games can basically be defined as titles that are created without the financial support of a video game publisher. A technical definition is one thing, but social definitions tend to get complicated. For example, Insomniac Games - best known for Resistance and Ratchet & Clank - consider themselves an independent studio, but others would balk at that conclusion and point towards smaller operations like The Behemoth or, well, Jonathan Blow.
Simply put, it's a popular - if not accurate - belief that if you're quietly crafting the next World of Goo in your living room, funded by garage sales and family donations, you're indie. Or perhaps punk rock, but I digress...Just for the purpose of this discussion, let's embrace that view and run with it."