The mainstream gaming machine is nearly all-powerful; it marches through the forest of the gaming world buying up or stomping down everything in its path. The machine takes pride in never rocking the boat, rarely taking a risk, and only once in an eon giving players something new. When games came of age developers took risks every time they created a new title, creating the same genres [that gamers are] still hacking and slashing through. Where are the genre-inventing auteurs today? They're in the indie games community. Indie games have been around as long as gaming, early developers working alone in garages or basements around the world designing levels and characters by day, writing millions of lines of code at night. For a great many folks that system never changed, and today UGO salutes the best of them, and speaks with some of the people behind them.