View Full Version : Opinion: Why ‚??Indie‚?? Has Become A Bad Word

05-03-12, 05:20 AM

So EA has its own indie bundle (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/14499/) now. Yes, I‚??m aware that hardly makes any sense. At the very least, each game is part of the EA Partners program, which means the devs do, in fact, own¬*their IPs ‚?? not EA. That said, it‚??s all a bit silly, right? Especially in the past year or so, EA‚??s once again become synonymous with gaming‚??s fe-fi-fo-fumming, goose-that-lays-golden-eggs-milking corporate side (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/03/29/battlefield-3-patch-contains-tweaks-adds-shortcuts/). It is, to be frank, the near-comically polar opposite of the indie ‚??scene.‚?? Clearly, though, EA‚??s trying to evoke a certain reaction by co-opting that word. But that, in itself, strikes me as problematic, because gaming‚??s least gentle giant is right: ‚??indie‚?? has a connotation now, and it‚??s very much coloring the expectations of gamers and indie developers alike. To be a developer of independent games and to be ‚??indie‚?? are now two entirely different things.

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