After a week of slugging it out in San Francisco and Boston at Game Developers Conference and PAX East, Team USgamer reconvenes in cyberspace to mull their various observations from the recent events. Our consensus: It's pretty rough out there for aspiring indie developers.
No surprises there — what used to be a charming little corner of the games industry has exploded in the past few years. While it's certainly not impossible for a fresh face to hit the big time with a work of breathtaking originality, the sheer amount of competition from equally hungry and motivated indies seems downright daunting. In this episode, we talk about the uphill battle of modern-day indies, thoughts on how to break out from the pack, and the role and responsibilities of the media in the burgeoning indie ecosystem.
It's a pretty serious episode, as if all our other discussions of the current state of the industry haven't been somewhat downbeat as well. But hey, at least this time we're talking about how new blood can find success rather than the dissolution of gaming's old guard. Also in this episode: VR! Sports as RPGs! ActRaiser! And a different intro theme so people from the UK will stop asking why we're using "God Save the Queen" for an American podcast! Download it today. Or listen to it on SoundCloud. Just don't pirate it on Napster, because that would be terrible.
The team reconverges in the wake of Game Developers Conference and PAX East to share their experiences and discuss the challenges that stand before the growing ranks of today's indie developers. (MP3, 1:02:28, 43.3 MB)