Glossary Entry: Indie game

Quick Definition

Indie games are video games produced by independent developers (ie, someone working outside of a major game studio).

One of the dubious benefits of working independently is the larger amount of leeway available to the developers. This results in games that take larger risks, both in terms of gameplay and content. Many indie games feature completely unique styles of graphics and gameplay, leading either to great success or great failure. If an indie game is unique and successful enough, it may lead to a new genre of video game.

Lastly, indie games are different from homebrew games. Aside from typically having larger budgets, indie games are produced as completed products and are distributed by major game retailers or marketplaces.

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