Why Are Indie Games Popular? – The Truth

First of all, indie games are my favorite “genre.” I think this is an important cultural phenomenon–and also a fun one–but for argument, let’s scrutinize it. So, Indie games usually have fewer details, less polished graphics, and are often focused on the simpler things, so why are indie games popular? And additionally, I might even ask, are they? I’ve been playing and writing about indie games for a couple of years now and… Read the rest

Tech Time: Get Copyright Free Music For Your Projects HOW-TO

There is an internet vast and full of stuff for putting together specific stuff with other stuff to make intended stuff. Having tested so many games for this site, I thought, “surely, all these fun audiovisual orchestrations must be tapped into some incredibly useful free music material source.” Well… they are. When I went to learn what was involved in making my visual novel, this surprisingly was not so simple. Do not get… Read the rest

Dev Tech: GoDot Tilemap Tips You Need Now HOW-TO

Let’s talk about Godot tilemaps. Have you ever played a 2D platformer or Metroidvania and wanted to know how it is made? Maybe you are already making one. I’m back for another insight into the cryptic, enigmatic, secretive, open-source world of indie game development. Tongue-in-cheek there. But I am reaching out to you devs out there to talk about some very useful primary knowledge in Godot TileMaps! Particularly beginners. Before You Start This… Read the rest

Why I Literally Want to Be James Halliday

“James Halliday, he was like a god.” This is not a review, showcase, or anything, but it is a narrative I feel like rolling with. This topic entered my mind a long time ago when I first saw the film version of Ready Player One, and then later when I read the book. Then when I surrendered the dream in Ready Player Two (it’s an acquired taste, no dismissiveness or negativity here!) Ever… Read the rest

#indiegamedev AWESOME! #2 I Made A Game!

I made a game! In Issue #1 of #indiegamedev AWESOME, I said that my game-making skills were uncertain, to say the least. Well, I want to revise that, I have it in me and so do you! There was a very prominent alert in my brain that said “Mr. Dave Pizza, you have to make a game.” I felt like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. Now, let’s not ever talk about that… Read the rest

#indiegamedev AWESOME #1: Getting Started

Welcome to this fabulous new journey you’ve been initiated into in my new section dedicated to indie game development, #indiegamedev Awesome! You might remember me from articles such as Never Heard of That or Been There Done That. Okay, those aren’t real articles, and I’m not Troy McClure, but I’m going to give this my best shot. This is a weird subject for me. The whole indie game development topic, not just this… Read the rest