Indie game

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An independent video game is a game made without money from a publisher. They often rely on digital distribution, some indie games have become very successful like Minecraft[1].

Overview[change | change source]

Indie game has no true definition[2], but has certain features, they are often made by one person or a small team,[3] often smaller then mainstream titles,[4] often not getting money from a publisher. But being without a publisher means that they have no-one telling them what they can and can't do, giving them much more freedom to make a game they want to make.[5] But making a Indie game does not mean they have no publisher. Indie game developers often go to crowd-funding sites to help fund the game, but often make very little profit.

History[change | change source]

Indie games started on PCs[3] where it currently remains. Indie games become popular as shareware. But as better technologies came out people began to expect more from these small teams, indie games have seen a huge rise in the later half of the 2000s[6].

References[change | change source]

  1. Plunkett, Luke. "Why Minecraft Is So Damn Popular". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5724989/why-minecraft-is-so-damn-popular. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. Gnade, Mike. "What is an indie game?". The Indie Game Magazine. http://www.indiegamemag.com/what-is-an-indie-game/. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gril, Juan. "The state of indie Gaming". Gamasutra. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3640/the_state_of_indie_gaming.php. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. Carroll, Russell. "Indie Innovation?". GameTunnel. http://www.gametunnel.com/indie-innovation-article.php. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. Crossley, Rob. "Indie game studios 'will always be more creative'". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. http://www.mcvuk.com/news/34326/Indie-game-studios-will-always-be-more-creative. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. Irwin, Mary Jane. "Indie Game Developers Rise Up". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/2008/11/20/games-indie-developers-tech-ebiz-cx_mji_1120indiegames.html. Retrieved 30 September 2016.

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