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Are indie games too cheap?

Eric Barone spent four years making Stardew Valley, teaching himself to code, to draw and redraw pixel art, to write characters and design a fun farming sim. For most of those four years he worked on it 10 hours a day, while also working part-time as a theater usher. Barone and his girlfriend scraped by on his part-time income and her grad school stipend. And after those four years of work, he released Stardew Valley …

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The XR Indie Pitch at XR Connects London 2018

Date & Times: Monday, January 22nd – 23rd 2018 9am to 6pm Location: London, United Kingdom Region: Europe Expected Size: 100 – 250 Target Audience: Developers, Indie Developers Event Type: Conference Featured Platforms: Windows, Console, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality The XR Indie Pitch is back, as is XR Connects London. Much like The Very Big Indie Pitch, which will be …

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If you’re craving a Metroid game on the Switch, try these new indie games instead

With the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo reinvigorated the long-dormant sci-fi franchise. It wasn’t just a new Metroid: it was an old-school, side-scrolling Metroid, which we haven’t seen in nearly a decade. But while many were excited about the prospect of finally being able to explore the planet SR388 once again, others were disappointed that the game was coming to the aging 3DS instead of the much newer Switch. Sure, there’s Metroid Prime 4 …

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Seven new indie games about food, glorious food

Sometimes I look over the new releases on itch.io, Steam, or wherever, and I notice a theme. This is usually just the pattern-finding right brain doing its thing and making connections where there’s only coincidence, but it’s fun to let it. One month after Overcooked suddenly everywhere I looked I saw new indie games about food—growing it, cooking it, and sometimes turning it into cars and driving around in it. Food is having a moment. …

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The best game engines for making your own 2D indie game

Making games is hard. The more you know about the process, the more miraculous it seems that games get made at all. As former PC Gamer writer Tom Francis described programming when he was making Gunpoint: “The most useful way I’ve found to think of it is this: Your game is fucking insane. It is a mental patient. It has completely lost its mind, and to make it behave in any kind of reasonable way, …

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Frozen Vision’s Axion X wins out at PC Indie Pitch Helsinki

Turn-based racing game (yes, you did read that right) Axiom X from Finnish developer Frozen Vision was voted as the winner of PC Indie Pitch at Helsinki. The title impressed judges with both a stellar pitch and an intriguing concept; a racing title where gamers were able to plan their next move every five seconds.  Second place went to Winter Survival from Iceflake Studios. Just one month into development when the judges saw it in …

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From shareware superstars to the Steam gold rush: How indie conquered the PC

Last week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds . The previous record-holder, Dota 2, while admittedly made by one of the world’s biggest and most powerful games companies, began as a Warcraft mod. These days, we barely blink an eye at the idea that a game can come from nowhere and shake through word-of-mouth, clever concepts, a bit of cool technology like Portal’s… well, portals… or simply by hooking into some reservoir of good feeling, and accomplish more than …

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A UK indie team are developing a battle royale game four times the size of PUBG

You barely switch on a PC before stumbling across a battle royale game at the moment. From the staggering success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, to the new Fortnite game mode, to some, ahem, more unique takes. Not to be left behind, an indie studio are looking to continue to quite literally grow the genre. Automaton are a UK-based indie studio currently developing a “cutting-edge MMO tactical shooter.” It’s a pretty big project, encompassing a map that’s …

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We’re launching the PC Gamer Indie channel

Independent games were born and raised on the PC. Our platform has always been friendly to the new, the small, and the weird. Today we’re excited to redouble our focus on a vibrant and important area of gaming with a channel dedicated to them: PC Gamer Indie. We’re new too, we’ll be small at first, and we might also be weird. Indie games have been an inseparable part of PC Gamer’s coverage for years but …

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Suda51 Wants to be Indie Gaming’s Biggest Evangelist With Travis Strikes Again

Suda51 is back in the director’s chair for No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again. It’s not No More Heroes 3, but to be honest it sounds more interesting. Travis Strikes Again is a collaborative project between Grasshopper Manufacture and various indie developers, of which so far Hotline Miami’s Dennaton Games and potentially Shovel Knight’s Yacht Club have been announced. Under the direction of punk video gamer Suda51, Travis Strikes Again takes Travis through six different …

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Save 96 percent on this indie games bundle

You can find bundles of indie games on sale all the time, but they’re not usually discounted this much. Today you can get the Best of Indie Legends Bundle 2 on Bundle Stars. It has eight games, the majority of which are definitely worth a look, and you can get a massive 96 percent off the regular price of buying all of them individually.  The games in the pack are: Party Hard SpeedRunners Door Kickers …

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The Ars 10: We pick our favorite indie games from PAX West 2017

Ape Out plays like Hotline Miami controlled by an unarmed ape. In dual-stick fighter Coffence, your coffee cup is your main weapon and also the “body” you have to defend. Dunk Lords captures and advances the NBA Jam sub-genre better than any game in years. Exception is a hard-as-nails platformer that oozes style. Floor Kids is buoyed by the breakdancing involvement of Kid Koala. Forgotton Anne is like an anime you can actually control. Keyboard …

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The first fan-made Half-Life 3 comes from indie dev Blendo Games, and you can play it now

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Last month, former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw released what was called a “fanfiction,” the story treatment for a Half-Life 2: Episode 3 that might have been. It seemed that might be the closest we’d get to ever playing the next instalment in Valve’s genre-redefining franchise, but the Epistle 3 game jam offers a bit of hope on that front. Even if we might never actually play a Valve game with …

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The Big Indie Awards 2017 in association with IndieSky

Another year of top quality Indie Pitching is coming to a close and we’re delighted to have witnessed some truly awesome games in what will be a record year with 17 pitches taking place. This year we’re also going to do something a little extra special and delighted to be able to add a cherry on the top with the launch of the brand new Big Indie Awards 2017 in association with IndieSky. What is …

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Indie developers show support for Nintendo Switch with a surge of upcoming games

Indie developers show support for Nintendo Switch with a surge of upcoming games The already robust library of Nintendo Switch games is about to get even more diverse. In a new Nindies Showcase video, Nintendo detailed 20 of the many indie games that are coming to the hit console. Some of these Nindies* include new games in the beloved Super Meat Boy and Shovel Knight franchises, as well as indie collaborations in games like Travis …

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