The Creativity of Indie Video Games

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Indie Video Games
Indie Video games have conquered the market in recent years. The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie video game realm, creating unique and experimental video games without the budgets of the larger “AAA” games. These indie game developers devote time, money, and take great risks in a quest to realize their creative vision. They deftly balance game mechanics & systems, sound & visuals, and an immersive storytelling experience to push the gaming medium into revolutionary new territory. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers who want to work outside of the mainstream.

Here’s an overview from the most excellent web series “Off Book” produced by PBS.

The Creativity of Indie Video Games

More about Indie Video game development on Wikipedia.

Featuring:
Jamin Warren, Kill Screen Magazine
Zach Gage, creator of Spelltower
Darren Korb, audio designer of Bastion
Eddy Boxerman & Andy Nealen, creators of Osmos
Leigh Alexander, gaming journalist

Indie Video Games

Indie Video Games Featured:
Owlboy – http://www.owlboygame.com/
Fez – http://fezgame.com/
Botanicula – http://botanicula.net/
Gunpoint – http://www.gunpointgame.com/
Proteus – http://www.visitproteus.com/
Coin – http://www.create-games.com/newspage.asp?id=3624
Scrumbleship – http://www.scrumbleship.com/
Spelunky – http://spelunkyworld.com/
Limbo – http://limbogame.org/
Bastion – http://supergiantgames.com/?page_id=242
Castle Crashers – http://www.castlecrashers.com/
Journey – http://thatgamecompany.com/games/journey/
The Iconoclasts – http://www.konjak.org/index.php?folder=4&file=30
Don’t Blow It! http://dinomage.com/dontblowit/
Amelia vs. The Marathon – http://www.troubleimpact.com/
Lost Marbles – http://binarytakeover.com/lostmarblesredux.html
Terraria – http://www.terraria.org/
Negative Nimbus – http://cloudkid.com/
Zombox – http://www.zombox.net/
Braid – http://braid-game.com/
Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery – http://www.swordandsworcery.com/
Mark of the Ninja – http://www.markoftheninja.com/
Super Meat Boy – http://supermeatboy.com/
Rawbots – http://www.rawbots.net/page/rawbots
The Splatters – http://spikysnail.com/
Legend of Grimlock – http://www.grimrock.net/
Bit Trip Runner – http://bittripgame.com/bittrip-runner.html
SpellTower – http://www.spelltower.com/
Bit Pilot – http://www.bitpilotgame.com/
Pid – http://www.pidgame.com/
Reset – http://reset-game.net/
Minecraft – https://minecraft.net/
The Binding of Isaac – http://store.steampowered.com/app/113200/
World of Goo – http://www.worldofgoo.com/
Osmos – http://www.hemispheregames.com/osmos/
Tiny Wings – http://www.andreasilliger.com/
God of Blades – http://whitewhalegames.com/godofblades.html
Prison Architect – http://www.introversion.co.uk/prisonarchitect/
Dear Esther – http://dear-esther.com/
Corpse Garden – http://7dfps.org/?projects=corpse-garden
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – http://www.amnesiagame.com/#main
The Moonlighters – http://raddragongames.wordpress.com/the-moonlighters/
Dungeons of Dredmor Necromancer – http://www.gaslampgames.com/
Faster Than Light – http://www.ftlgame.com/
Today I Die – http://www.ludomancy.com/games/today.php?lang=en
The Snowfield – http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/snowfield.php
Symon – http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/summer2010/symon_play.php
I Wish I Were The Moon – http://www.ludomancy.com/blog/2008/09/03/i-wish-i-were-the-moon/
Passage – http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/
The Dream Machine – http://www.thedreammachine.se/
Ico – http://www.icothegame.com/

Music:
Leokuon – http://soundcloud.com/leokuon
DoKashiteru – http://ccmixter.org/files/DoKashiteru/20513
Ic3m4n – http://ccmixter.org/files/Ic3m4n/15730
Yusuke Tsutsumi – http://soundcloud.com/yusuke-tsutsumi
C. Portable – http://ccmixter.org/people/portable
Per – http://ccmixter.org/files/Per/23096
Bliss – http://soundcloud.com/blisshenrikjose/bliss-silent-waves
Binarpilot – http://soundcloud.com/binarpilot
John Bura – http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/349036/john-bura