Sony dominates the indie scene at GDC by showcasing 25 games

Sony is really focused on supporting independent games recently and at GDC they are showing off no less than 25 titles for PS3, PS Vita and PS Mobile. Gems like Spelunky, Hotline Miami, Ibb and Obb, Guacamelee and Thomas Was Alone to name a few. The recent announcement to make the approval process easier bode well for the future. The fact that Sony employed former gaming press individuals like Nick Suttner and Shane Bettenhausen who are doing a great job to promote the indie scene and pick up independent developers has made a huge difference.

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StrongMan2733d ago

This is why Sony will rule the hardcore gamers. They keep games at the forefront and have the guts to show up at GDC.

NastyLeftHook02733d ago

tentonsoftube approves this message!

iGAM3R-VIII2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

iGAM3R-VIII also approves this!!

Anyway, 25 indie games is actually quite a lot. It proves that Sony kept their word when they said they would be more open and encouraging to idie developers on the PS4. One of the many reasons I cannot wait until the release of the PS4, and E3

Ritsujun2733d ago

Sony doesn't need a braking system, at all.

miyamoto2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

I am astonished by Sony PlayStation's dedication to gamers and game makers regardless of sales figures. No wonder the games are flowing to PSP, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4.


Skips2733d ago

Same here.

If GDC showed off 25 indie games...

Then DAMN! Just imagine how effin crazy E3 will be this year!

nix2733d ago

25 games is like 2 games every month.

Army_of_Darkness2733d ago

Since they didn't dominate this Gen and took nintendo and MS lightly, it backfired and dropped they're #1 spot to #3... And obviously, Sony is not happy with their current position judging by all the crazy changes they have made for the upcoming PS4 and it's really impressing everyone so far! including myself. I'm telling you, they're coming back with a vengeance! LOL!
Which brings me to the conclusion that Sony just might once again dominate the gaming industry! and that would be a great thing cause I know they are clearly about the gamers and developers, especially compared to the other platforms..

darthv722732d ago

are some of my favorite releases on psn/xbl/wiiware.

These smaller development houses have some creative people coming up with fun and entertaining content.

justpassinggas2732d ago

Microsoft fanboys about the PS3 when it launched:

Microsoft fanboys about the PS4 when it launches:

morganfell2732d ago

"ince they didn't dominate this Gen and took nintendo and MS lightly, it backfired and dropped they're #1 spot to #3"

Actually Sony didn't drop to number 3. They are in 2nd but only in sales of their main console. As regards games, their quality and breadth of choice, they never slipped from 1st place.

BattleAxe2732d ago

Looks like it really will be a battle between STEAM and PS4 this next generation. I think Android is going to have more of effect over Nintendo and Microsoft in the next generation also.

thechosenone2732d ago

Sony is killing it with the indie news. Well done Sony, keep this momentum going!

sikbeta2732d ago

Would be nice if Sony expand PSM further and invest more in the platform, such waste to see it barely getting games...

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DoomeDx2733d ago

And I loooooove indie game!
The only game developers that are not influenced by casuallity.

specialagent45322733d ago

Me too it looks like Sony has truly learned from their mistakes. Now I am more interested than ever for PS4. Damn I just love indie games so creative and innovative these titles are. I am not sarcastic is the truth. Games that I played in the beginning of this generation echo chrome, the last guy, puzzle quest, trine, etc.

specialagent45322733d ago

Me too it looks like Sony has truly learned from their mistakes from this generation. I am now more interested in the PS4 is that I love indie games so creative and innovative these titles are. I am not being sarcastic is the truth so much that in the beginning of this generation I played echo chrome, puzzle quest, trine the last guy, etc..

GraveLord2733d ago

Meanwhile Microsoft is busy making deals with ESPN, Disney Channel, Sesame Street or whatever other shit they've been pushing lately.

Does anyone still think the gaming part of Xbox hasn't suffered?

Godmars2902733d ago

This gen MS tried to make the issue about exclusives, rather about how they didn't matter, and by most counts failed. Now so far by rumor and hearsay they're going for entertainment for next gen.

Just have to wait and find out, but who here thinks that's good for gaming?

AngelicIceDiamond2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

Everything was all good up until this comment. Do people see why now N4G will never be taken seriously?

It's comments like these that strays respect for other gamers on here.

That comment wasn't necessary.

EDIT: So I guess its cool to make fun of Xbox but, "off with his head" when making fun of PlayStation. Ok, I see how how it is.

Aww yeah Lets give him a "well said" hes so smart I wanna be just like him.... Losers

loulou2733d ago

no godofmars, microsoft made it a priority of securing as much 3rd party support as possible this gen, and breaking sonys stranglehold on gta and games like that.

search the net, i am sure you will find it.

the ps2s sales were propelled by games like gta, ff, mgs etc. the only first party game in the ps2 era that helped sony massively was gt (a bit like this gen really). although nearly every big 3rd party franchise that i mentioned above did find it's way to the xbox, they were so long after sony had had them that they didn't really count.

imagine what would have happened to the 360 if they had had the same level of 3rd party support as last gen? or if gta had been exclusive or had followed the same as the ps2 era.?

microsoft would already be out of the console business

specialagent45322733d ago

Financially speaking no; however, their reputation has gone down the drain.

Jobesy2733d ago

"Everything was all good up until this comment. Do people see why now N4G will never be taken seriously?"

People don't really take any comment sections on the net seriously. People come to N4G for the news and the comment section for entertainment. If you want a deep engaging conversation then try the forums instead of comment sections.

loulou2733d ago

jobsey, yes and know. perhaps the forum part maybe. But n4g is a nothing site the is choc full of fanboys, top 5s, and blogs that are wrote especially for the fanboys that dwell here

Godmars2902733d ago

MS had largely tried to copy what Sony did when they first went into consoles, but aren't getting it right.

Where it was the PS1 which ended Nintendo's stranglehold on the industry, allowed it to grow and franchises like FF, MGS and RE to become what they were, though the PS2 built upon that with GTA, it was really it movie playback which won the brand its place in the consumer market. If Sega had supported VCDs, which was a similar tech right along DVDs, or MS not messed up and forced to use a kit, then that gen would have been different.

Likewise because they did nothing directly, failed to show any true advantages like the PS1 did against the N64, any benefits MS might have had by throwing money around to get exclusive largely means nothing now. For all the programming issues the PS3 has, it has games which - arguably, of course arguably - set the benchmark for this gen. Meanwhile the 360 just has PC ports.

And if not for all the money they had, they wouldn't still be around when RRoD happened.

loulou2733d ago

sorry gravelord but i do and dont agree.

dvd was a big plus last gen. but no way was a forced kit from microsoft the reason why sony sold 100m more ps2s thne they sold xboxs. it was all the games. and not the the first party ones either.

no one can deny this!

now imagine the same scenario this time around. very little 3rd party support....? 360 would have died with 4 red lights about 6 months after gta4 hit as an exclusive on the ps3.

kenshiro1002732d ago

Only for the same third party games to end up going to other consoles...

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JoGam2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

Well I heard MS has added 25 cable stations to 720. Im kidding. Seriously, you gotta just wonder what MS is doing now.

Veneno2732d ago

If comedy central was one of them that'd be pretty kool.

xHeavYx2733d ago

"Sony dominates"... So... what's new? Sony always dominates

Jack of Death2732d ago

Really? I thought MS was the most innovating when it came to the gaming market. When the original Xbox came out it was clearly a dominate system. They came out with a gaming service called Xbox live that makes/made so much money and Sony definitely learned from MS. Sony had to give PSN for free or it would never have survived this console gen. Competition is good and brings out the best for the consumers. I hope the gaming industry keeps on innovating. It only helps the consumers. I bought just about all the consoles this gen.... Holding out on the Wii U. Just don't think Nintendo is keeping up with the times. I really think Sony learned so much from this and the past Gen. Don't charge 600+ for your console at launch and then when it breaks a little more than a year later charge another 180 for it to be fixed. I'm still really pissed about that. You mess up building a console you fix it. My PS2 had issues reading disks and Sony would not fix it(both launch consoles). I really hope Sony gets their act together and starts caring about the consumer. I'm not going to buy their system at launch do too the last 2 consoles I bought from them.... Or maybe if their is an extended warranty I will think about it..... Sony usually gets better with time. Just like PSN. It was so crappy at launch. It used to lag and lacked so many features that xblive had. Now it's just as good. I'm not a fanboy.

Irishguy952733d ago

Just wait till E3/ GDC usually sucks even moreso that the sorry excuses of 'e3' we have had the last few years. Sony showed up this time round

GenericNameHere2733d ago

"Just wait till E3"
Haven't you Xbox fanboys been saying that since 2009, and have been disappointed with each one ever since?

badz1492732d ago

1 time MS didn't show up and Sony put up a good show, suddenly the GDC "usually" sucks ha?

SubtenkoGaming2732d ago

PSN was the new name for the online part of PlayStation and its always been for never costed any money... Sony didnt have to do anything but keep being Sony and thats what they are doing now.

What M$ has to do is keep misleading people and gamers using cheap tactics like timed dlc since they are always stumbling every step they take like an alcoholic on a Saturday night.

I really was thinking about getting the xbox720 but screw it,lol I mean I still have to wait and see what they are going to do but they might be screwed at this point.

kenshiro1002732d ago

Just wait until E3...

Just wait until...

Just wait...

You're serious, right?

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Apollosupreme2733d ago

Wake me up when Minecraft or Terraria is available to play on Vita...

Jaqen_Hghar2733d ago

really? This is a user's reply? A man will play these games on PC if he feels like it (which he doesn't)

Apollosupreme2732d ago

Confirmation. This was in fact a user reply. Note the user name, time stamp and message. All classic indicators.

Minecraft and Terreria are two of the premier indy games on the market and are on consoles now. They would play better on the Vita due to it's superior controls. It's a natural progression for these two wonderful games. Sales indicate that "A man" will like to play this on whatever he can get his hands on.

Hicken2732d ago

Wake me up when Microsoft has a handheld, or more than one console on the market at once.

Shall we run off a list of indie(not "indy") games on Sony consoles? I'm certain we could find quite a few worth mentioning in the same breath as your two.

And didn't I hear a rumor about Terraria on something Sony? Yeah, it's gonna be on PS3 just like on 360, so that just leaves Minecraft.

I'm sorry, what was the point of your comment again?

Side note: good job not understanding Jaqen's posts. That might be the saddest part of all.

Apollosupreme2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

My point is that I want Minecraft and Terraria on my Vita... You guys can take your console peeing contest elsewhere. You're worthy of being considered a human being whether you're exclusively married to Microsoft or Sony. Never forget this. All the best.

profgerbik2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

Terreria actually might come to the Vita..

"while publisher 505 Games readies itself for the port's PS3 launch, it’s also hinted that the game could be coming to the PlayStation Vita, too."

"a company representative responded to a query regarding the likelihood of a Vita release with a cryptic tease. “Stay tuned next week,” the publisher said. “We might address that question.”

They very well could just say it isn't coming but they also could say it will. So there is one of your games you want, with a chance of coming to the Vita.

Minecraft is a little different, I don't think that could run on the Vita due to it's intensive RAM and CPU moments. Of course the game itself isn't much but it is the customization that makes it hardware heavy at times depending on the user of course.

If they put Minecraft on the Vita, it would probably be a stripped down version like the mobile "Pocket Edition".

dedicatedtogamers2732d ago

I'd be down for a handheld Minecraft (already rumored for PSN, possibly Vita), or Terraria (out for PSN, this week, I think). I'd also be down for Fez (already rumored for PS3/Vita, also). I'd be happy for a lot of indie games, actually, which is exactly what Sony is doing. They're being smart.

Blackdeath_6632732d ago

minecraft is shit without user created contents and mods while terraria is already coming to consoles.

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dedicatedtogamers2732d ago

I'm just excited to see the Vita getting more support. Smaller, quicker, pick-up-and-play games are why I do the majority of my gaming on handhelds anyway, so to see more of those sorts of games flocking to the Vita makes me a very happy gamer.

ICECREAM2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

They are really preparing for Gaikai, just to compete with xbla and steam.

BlmThug2732d ago

Sony is literally doing every thing right with the PS4! Cannot fault them at all

Veneno2732d ago

WRONG WRONG WRONG! They didn't show the console!

Thirty3Three2732d ago

Since it doesn't seem to have gotten old yet.......

Thirty3Three approves this message as well! :)

SPAM-FRITTER-1232732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

Meanwhile Sony is busy making deals with ESPN, Disney Channel, Sesame Street or whatever other shit they've been pushing lately.

Does anyone still think the gaming part of PS3 hasn't suffered?

ps3_pwns2732d ago

i agree 154 agrees and only 14 disagrees. you disagreers gonna be the only 14 people playing the xbox while the millions of others gonna be playing the playstation. you might want to reconsider what console you gonna get because the ps4 is the next big thing and it will have the most people online, the most and the best games. do not fight it! or you gonna have a realy realy sad lonely time next gen. believe that

fsfsxii2732d ago

You just read the truth :)

Army_of_Darkness2732d ago

Oh I totally agree with you bro, Sony Kicks ass when it comes to actual games for gamers. I was talking sales wise, which I should have been more specific on my last comment.

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DigitalSmoke2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

Marching foward.
(the people who disagreed with this should truly be a shamed of themselfs)

maniacmayhem2733d ago

I'm all about the indie scene and a big supporter of all or anything independent. From movies, music and definitely games. I was probably one of the few who bought indie games on 360 just because.

For this next gen I don't think I'll be able to have all three systems seeing how doing that this gen was sort of a waste but if PS4 can secure or have an open pipe line (like Steam)and bring in games like Hotline:Miami then I will definitely be on board.

Makasu2733d ago

That's very interesting to hear from a 360 owner. I really hope they can sustain and develop the indie scene on the PS4, hopefully the move to make it easier to self publish will bear fruit.

iMaim2733d ago

Sony, your love is killing me.

Donnieboi2733d ago

What the heck is that in your avatar?

mt2733d ago

one of the characters in a anime called bleach, I don't know his name thought.

clintagious6502732d ago

Hes the captain of the 12th division named "Kurotshuchi Mayuri".

NateCole2733d ago

There are a lot of reasons why this focus on indie devs is good for sony.

One other reason is to really attract mobile devs and gamers to PS.These will not be android games.