Indie gaming: Even blockbuster titles have roots in the underground video-game community

The big release this week is Valve's The Orange Box, a mighty ark almost bursting its folds and glue with the effort of containing five (or three-and-two-thirds, or two-and-three-quarters, depending on how charitably you count) complete games: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

What's interesting is that half (or two thirds, or whatever) of the Orange Box's contents began life as indie games, developed by students, hobbyists and hopefuls.

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