By Keldrath 38 Comments
I posted this originally as a comment on the Quick Look for Thomas Was Alone. Anyone else have thoughts regarding the idea that perhaps not all indie games are created equal?
"To be honest, I feel like the trend inspiring these sorts of indie game is rather boring. Don't get me wrong, there are some indie games that serve their purpose really well (S&S Brothers, Journey, Limbo). However, there are also plenty of games like this that are god awful. This is by no means the worst game ever made, but as the popularity of so-called "indie games" rises so does the number of indie games that are garbage. It's the same thing we see with almost every other genre of video game. A majority of the first person shooters that are released every year aren't worth a second glance, it's the few that are that we want to focus our attention on. For a long time, indie games were a rather niche genre. Most of the indie games that made it big (in this context we'll consider this any sort of minor media attention) were really good. As the market for indie games grows so does the number of these games released. With this growth comes a much larger flood of developers transitioning into the genre because they think it will make them money or they know it's what'll sell. A genre that once belonged to developers devoted to making artistic video games is becoming a cash cow. Not liking a game who's soundtrack is mellow and it's art pixelated doesn't always mean someone doesn't get it. It could be that perhaps a game is simply just bad."