So you want to be an Indie Developer?

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  1. DanMarshall

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    At precisely 4pm GMT ish today, give or take for those who were jetlagged or living in another country, a hand-picked collection of game developers simultaneously blogged their thoughts on the current state of the Independent games industry.

    The "So you want to be a Indie Developer?" project features articles of advice on the reality of making your own games from every corner of the sector; from those currently risking everything by going full-time Indie to established industry leaders such as DEFCON's Introversion via unmitigated nonsense like Lemmy and Binky.

    A full list with links of those involved is as follows:


    Gibbage

    Introversion

    Lemmy and Binky

    Cliffski's Mumblings

    GameProducer.net

    Reality Fakers

    Zoombapup

    BoneBroke

    They Came From Hollywood

    Many thanks to all involved, it was awesmoe...

    ;)
     
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  2. Sirrus

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    Look forward to reading this Dan...
    By the way - your own blog link is broken.
     
  3. DanMarshall

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    Seems to be the way my day is going today.

    Thanks!

    d
     
  4. Addictive 247

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    Lemmy and Binky - absolute class :D

    My favourite quote from it has to be . . .

    Made me laff
     
  5. Bouncer

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    Yeah, the entry from 'Lemmy and Binky' was absolutely hilarious! I laughed like a madman.. :D

    Thanks for Don... I mean Dan Marshall who arranged this spectacle...:)
     
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    Yes! Yes! Bubblomania! I did something right after all! :D

    Great articles, many thanks to the writers!
     
  7. DanMarshall

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    So, do you guys run some secret consortium of developers? ;) Why didn't you introduce the idea to the IndieGamer community? I know there are a lot of developers here who would have loved to participate.
     
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    What a strange listing of indie developers... Ah well... it was worth sifting through to read the good articles there and easy enough to skim the other bits just in case. Thanks for gathering the forces together and getting people to write!

    -Tim
     
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    I know how NOT to get membership. :p
     
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    It's just that it's such an odd mix of developers... :p
     
  12. DanMarshall

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    I didn't mean to offend anyone by excluding people -- I felt it was smarter to keep to a nice simple list of 10 or so blogs than opening it up to just any and everyone.

    That way, I could be relatively sure of the content of the project, and that there'd be a good spread ranging from the deadly serious to the oh-so silly and from hobbyist to Bonebroke taking the plunge and going full time indie to legends like Introversion and Cliff, all the while being certain of a high quality of writing.

    I felt opening it up to everyone would have made it messy and lessened the impact. Hope noone felt left out.

    D
     
  13. PoV

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    I suppose.

    None the less, it is an interesting project. Congratz for pulling it off.
     
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    I'd agree with that. Letting everyone and their grandma in on it would dilute the mix, methinks. That said, if quality of writing was a concern...

    :confused:

    Not to rib Juuso any more than usual... :D
     
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    Don't get me wrong, Dan. I don't think you offended anyone, and you certainly didn't offend me - I simply wouldn't have had time to contribute, nor do I think my contribution would have been valuable.

    However, from your list, I spot only two actually successful developers. Not that they would have contributed, but I'd have loved to hear from some long-time veterans, like retro64 or svero, James C. Smith or Phil Steinmeyer. Some folks who actually know how to be a "proper" Indie Developer, not just hobbyists. Your selection seems oddly skewed in that regard, is all I'm saying. (I am really psyched you got the Introversion guys to contribute!)

    Nevertheless, thanks for the effort, and some of the reads were quite entertaining! :)
     
  17. Dan MacDonald

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    Didn't you know soni? A "proper" indie developer is a hobbiest at heart :)
     
  18. soniCron

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    Touche! :p

    Well, I figure one doesn't need a series of blog posts outlining how to become a hobbyist, since that's something you simply pick up and do. Anyone want to get in on me with a, "So, you want to be a baseball card collector?" series? ;)
     
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    If I had been asked to participate, here would be my response:

    "Don't."
    "You'll get more girls working at McDonald's, and likely, more money."
     
  20. soniCron

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    To be honest, I had really hoped at least one of the articles was exactly that. Thanks, Mark! :)
     

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