Thursday, October 01, 2009

Independent video games

In The LA Times, Ben Fritz meets the founder of Indiecade, a festival dedicated to independently made video games.
All three major console manufacturers, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, now offer downloadable video games, as do a number of services for PCs. That has helped enable several independently produced games that would never find a spot on the shelves of Best Buy -- titles such as Braid, Flower and World of Goo -- to become hits in the last year.

Just as Hollywood studios took notice of movies like "sex, lies, and videotape" in the late '80s, several major video game publishers are picking up indie titles for distribution.

"We're willing to go out on a ledge with these unique experiences because they differentiate us and they are where we find future talent," said Rusty Buchert, a senior producer at Sony Computer Entertainment.

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