Monday, June 9, 2014

The Indie Game Controversy

Indie, the word that is considered a dirty word among gamers everywhere.  But should it actually be?  Indie's used to cover smaller titles that took up very little time and were very cheap.  They were very similar to mobile games you could get on a mobile phone and nothing to write home about.  However, since the release of both next gen platforms Indie's have become a big part of the next gen experience.  And that is a good thing!  At the launch of any new system the number of games available can be rather small.  This gen we have a decent number of launch titles but the number of high quality Indies has been able to bridge the gap between big AAA releases.  Not to mention all the free indie titles Sony has been giving to its gamers there is no lack of quality games to play.  Games like Resogun, Outlast, Mercenary Kings, Contrast, and Stick it to the Man have brought plenty of good fun to help in times of gaming droughts.

There are lots of gamers who ignore these great games because they are not full titles on the same level as Uncharted, Gears of War, and Halo.  But in some respects these games can be better than some AAA titles with innovative game play, fun story lines, and good art.  They are great for short gaming sessions and won't cause you to put in hours upon hours of your life in order to complete.  The biggest thing is you can get a bunch of great "indie titles" for the cost of a full fledged retail released game.  All these things bring great experiences that some gamers ignore too quickly.  Resogun for instance may just be the best next gen title to date on either platform and the best part was it was free.  It was quick and visually beautiful game that was very addictive very quickly.  Stick it to the Man was an excellent new game experience that was, although short, fun.  These games plus so many more bring great experiences that gamers should not pass up.

It saddens me when I see gamers discount the credibility of these types of games and dismiss them all together.  They are bringing something to a gap of games we used to see in previous years and deserve both your time and money.  So go out and try these games if you can, most of them are free and can bring plenty of hours of fun to any gamer.  There is an indie title out there for everyone, you just have to find it.