Today, more people than ever before are playing video games...but most people still don’t actually understand how games are made. Even for hardcore game aficionados, game development remains fairly shrouded in mystery.
Microsoft just uploaded a ton of trailers for various Xbox One indie games onto its YouTube channel, and I’ve grabbed some highlights. Something tells me Bailar Latino isn’t going to be shown during the press conference!
For a very long time, the Xbox 360's indie marketplace has been something of a wild west for small game developers, a place where it's nearly impossible for a good game to stand out. Apparently it's nearly impossible to get paid on time, too.
Dan Adelman, who ran the indie program at Nintendo of America for almost nine years, left the company last week, Kotaku has learned. Last Friday was Adelman's final day at Nintendo.
Today a reader sent me an e-mail about this new contest for RPG Maker games, and I wish I had time to play them all.
It's kind of like XCOM, starring figures from the Revolutionary War. Upcoming sci-fi indie strategy game Outland 17 looks pretty interesting. The folks behind it are targeting a Q1 2015 release. More info on their website.
There are a lot of cool trailers here, but I'm probably most excited for Cuphead, the game styled after 1930's animation:
This is Shiness, an upcoming role-playing game by a team of independent French developers. It looks... phenomenal. This could certainly pass for a big-budget JRPG.
This is 20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds, an upcoming indie game that looks like Sid Meier's Pirates! in the sky, and if you thought of Skies of Arcadia, rest assured you're not alone.
Straight out of PAX East 2014, here's Below, a serene dungeon crawler from Capy, the company behind Clash of Heroes and Sword & Sworcery. It's hard to capture just how pretty this game really is, but we did what we could.
Usually, games that happen beyond Earth's atmosphere take you to planets teeming with life. Meeting creatures with tentacles where hair or hands should be or with strangely angled mandibles isn't uncommon in sci-fi games. But, none of that happens in Elegy for Dead World, which we got a chance to see at PAX East…
Here's a list of some of the indie developers participating in Microsoft's ID@Xbox program to make games for Xbox One. Bonus points if you recognize them all.
The first part of Square Enix's new indie Collective program is live today, and you can already start voting on the games you'd like brought to life.
A group of game developers in Austria say someone figured out the password to their PayPal account and used it to buy themselves a bunch of new PlayStation 4s.
There are Marios, and there are Zeldas, and then there are the little games for 3DS and Wii U—the indies that might not sell systems, but will help bolster libraries and offer up experiences you can't get elsewhere.
Last night, Sony held an indie showcase event at Neumo's, a Seattle music venue that epitomized underground cool. PlayStation exec Adam Boyes took the stage to re-affirm the company's commitment to working with indies and third-party partners and announced a handful of new games. Whiles most of the games looked…
This is Rogue Legacy, an indie roguelike side-scroller in which you slash your way through randomly-generated dungeons to fight monsters and earn treasure. Here's the big gimmick: if you die, you get to play as your character's child, and then when you die again, you'll play as that character's child, and so forth.…
It's like Limbo, but with magnets! Magnetic by Nature looks pretty neat, especially for a student project. Check out the Kickstarter if you're interested.
Sound crazy? The idea comes from the Game Developers Conference, during an "Indie Soapbox" where developers took the stage to talk about indie game development. Ben Foddy, who is behind the ever-ridiculous QWOP, had some out-there ideas about how people pay for games—but that's what makes them rad.