Indie – Independent. Self-motivated. Creative.
Game – Video Game, Mobile App, and the like
Magazine – Digital Media, collection of written articles
The Indie Game Magazine (IGM) is an independently owned Indie Game news outlet and monthly publication.
Indie Game Magazine is the original source for news, previews, reviews, and exclusive features showcasing the independent video game community. Our staff is dedicating to shining a spotlight on the noteworthy games and studios that don’t get the coverage they deserve anywhere else. From in-depth interviews to first-look previews, you can count on Indie Game Magazine to deliver an entertaining look at the latest and greatest independent games. Subscribe today and help us support the indie development community!
What are Indie Games?
The video game landscape is constantly changing. With that in mind, it’s becoming harder to define exactly what “indie” means. In the age of crowdfunding and indie publishers, that old rule of “self-funded, self-published = indie” no longer applies. At IGM, we do our best to define indie gaming as a state of mind more than anything else these days. What does that mean exactly? Well…
IGM Defines an Indie Game as…
Video games which are made by passionate game developers who typically publish their game. But the most important aspect of being indie is to be unshackled in your creativity, to never let financial investment dictate the terms of your own vision. Indie Games will typically stretch the boundaries of what has been done already and sometimes even what is commonly accepted as normal practice. They’re quirky, experimental, nostalgic, and almost always, fun. The one thing that they all have in common is the level of passion poured into the game by their developer, as these games are made of a desire to make a great game, rather than making money.
IGM Defines an Indie Developer as…
A Developer who is focused on creating a game that matches their vision, without fear of buckling under the pressure of outside investors. Indie does NOT have to mean “developed in my basement.” As indies move more and more into the mainstream spotlight, and attract the attention of traditional AAA gamers and outlets, it’s only natural that indie games begin to become more successful.
With that in mind, it should be noted that an indie game or developer who makes money does NOT cease to be an indie. Rather, those games should be the success stories that other indies study and try to emulate. Games like Minecraft do not lose the indie status because they grew into the corporate stratosphere. That is, after all, the goal of every indie developer — to be able to support yourself, your team and your family through the passion and love that is indie game development.