Indie Game Design (Wilson)
I cannot recall if I have ever played an indie game; however, I checked out IndieGames to familiarize myself with some popular game titles. Their site provided great resources for indie game developers to connect with and support one other. I have also never developed my own game and have no knowledge of coding. (I will definitely be playing around with Scratch in the future.) I believe that the video game industry is at a disadvantage if cutting-edge technology is not made available to everyone. I can understand the big companies developing games across all platforms to maximize their profits, but sometimes the pure magic of gaming gets lost in translation. Indie games break the norms in gaming and offer the player a whole new and fresh experience. Wilson states that indie developers are "a crucial driver of innovation and expansion in game design." These developers are free to push the boundaries regarding new media art and hot topic issues. If more attention can be brought to these games, positive or negative, then maybe players and the industry will experience a change for the better, and both "big gaming" and "indie gaming" can co-exist on a level playing field.