Indie games are changing the world, one giant pixel at a time. With Indie DB we aim to support independent developers and their games, by providing them with a place to showcase their hard work (in-progress or complete) to fans seeking original gaming experiences. Welcome to the official Indie DB BLOG, watch this profile to keep updated, join to show your support.
When the indie movement begun, Indie DB was there stacking pixels, giving developers an audience and a home to broadcast their ideas. Featuring news and insight from the industry's most creative indies, we continue to showcase amazing games, from the day development begins to the day of release.
Almost all information you see on the site is posted by the games creators, and as a member of the community we encourage you to provide feedback and to track and support your favorite indies. Independent developers are a passionate bunch, they build games for the love of it and by giving them a voice and the ability to reach you (a potential fan), we hope we are helping them to create better games by fostering feedback between you and them. So get involved, get vocal and share your thoughts, give the developers on Indie DB the ideas and motivation they need to succeed, and above all else have fun - because that is what indie games do best.
The story begins back in 2002 when Mod DB first launched. While Mod DB was (as the name implies) a site for game modifications, we found a lot of indie developers adding their games to the site under the "standalone games" category. While indies were always an important part of the site, we never officially supported them until 2008 when Mod DB v4 was launched and we properly categorized indie games. While the Mod DB name confused many, we found indie games significantly rising in popularity over the years. This rise in popularity can be clearly attributed to three factors.
First and by far the most important is the growth in digital distribution which eliminated the need for a publisher, meaning even indie games made by one or two people with a tiny budget can still reach millions of potential customers. Secondly was consoles and the mobile phones opening up for the first time (XBox, PSN, iPhone etc) and actually allowing not just big companies make content. Finally the release of commercial and open source tools and engines like UDK and Unity meant that smaller teams now have access to the same technology that the big companies have. Combine these three factors, and indie games are getting stronger and growing in popularity by the day.
Despite all this, the tipping point for us occurred in 2009 during GDC. It was there that the Mod DB team met tons of brilliant indie developers (none of whom knew us) and we decided that wasn't good enough, so we must make a site for indie developers, just as we do for modders. Fast forward one year to the 2010 GDC, and Indie DB was launched by DBolical, a private Australian games company (who also runs Mod DB and Slide DB). Developers, we look forward to playing your games and encourage you to promote the hell out of them on Indie DB. Gamers, play some indies already and don't forget to tell the developers how much you love their work.
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