Indie has always been a fascinating genre with me. I know its not technically a genre but, I feel as if we are at that point in gaming where it kind of is. More or less, whenever I hear someone talking about an Indie game, its usually in the context of it being an Indie game instead of arcade, or action, or RPG, and so on and so forth. I recently went to PAX Prime and among the many things I learned there, Indie and its HUGE following, is up and coming, but to what end?
If you’ve never heard of Indie before lemme break it down to you real quick. Indie is short talk for Independent. Indie games are done by, you guessed it, Indie companies or developers. Who are more or less, a small business company that has dreams and aspirations of taking over the world via their video game creations, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to get paid to make video games for a living amiright? You’d be surprised at the actual answer most give after talking to the Indie companies. These people put A LOT of personal time and effort into their games. See most of these companies are either running on grants, loans, or straight outta pocket expense, which means they fork over some of the money they make from a software type hourly/salary job, to even flipping burgers to fund their life long quest to create that one special world that’s gonna make them rich. or at least enough to leave it all. To do nothing, but create those special worlds they’ve dreamed up, but not after some VERY hard lessons in not only fiscal matters, but business matters, all so they can offer you their labor of love game, at $5 a pop.
Knowing information like this makes me love the Indie game scene so much. These really are the hardest working people in the industry, but why do only a few people know about the Indie scene of gaming? This is changing and it was VERY apparent at PAX Prime. While the main floor, with all the big names was packed shoulder to shoulder to play Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the Indie floor was jam packed! Indie is one of those things that the trendy folk end sentences with “but you wouldn’t know anything about that” cause most people don’t, and they have a special place in their hearts for the Indie scene. they are also those people (what do you mean THOSE people? o_O) that keep said companies going. Most Indie games cost anywhere from $.99 to $20-ish dollars and are enough to keep the companies afloat for the time being, but they could be doing better, and they are!
Indie sales have EXPLODED in the last year as websites and companies like Steam GreenLight, Playstation Mobile and Xbox Marketplace have offered these titles on their respective market platforms. Some at $1 some at $10, but all are being sold and in record numbers, but why? The beautiful thing about Indie is that there is a genre for everyone tastes in it. You like Old School? Super Meat Boy! You like action RPG like Zelda? Gheldia! (See what i did there?) You like Scary!? Outlast! There is nothing Indie can’t provide you for full blown entertainment for your genre of choice. Is it going to cost you $60? No, try $5-ish. Is it readily available? With Indie games being put onto every form of media you can think of, from your phone to your PS Vita, yeah its available. Do you want it? YES! You just don’t know anything about it…yet!