Whether major game developers like it or not, indie games are more prevalent now than ever. A section of the industry that used to have an exclusively underground following has been cast into the forefront thanks to the increasing attention being paid to mobile games on platforms like iOS and Android. Even Xbox Live Marketplace has given independent developers their own section of their virtual store. This new market has not only brought new developing talents into the spotlight, but has encouraged major developers to step up the quality and value of their products just to compete.
In a recent statement, Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo claimed these independent titles may actually be the death of the video game industry as we know it, making the high-selling and critically acclaimed Angry Birds the poster child for his argument.