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Indie Games: The Best Reason To Visit The PSN These Days?

Not sure if you heard the news just yet, but the PlayStation Store has added an Indie Games category.

Obviously, this category is specifically designed to house independently made creations, several of which have already been widely revered. You'll find the likes of Journey, The Unfinished Swan and the recently released Guacamelee! In celebration of the announcement, Sony has offered discounts on select titles, and new deals will be available every week.

Now, let's get something out of the way: I know indie games are very chic these days, and that if you say "indie," everyone automatically assumes that translates to "hidden gem." But for very much the same reason that "locally grown" can mean jack squat in the grocery industry, all games with tiny budgets and three or four people in the development team don't turn out like masterpieces. In fact, many of them suck. Let's be honest.

We just don't hear about the ones that suck; we hear about the true diamonds in the rough. And there's nothing wrong with that, because at least it draws attention to originality and innovation, which is admittedly severely lacking in the big-budget productions. We're seeing some fresh ideas on the horizon and a new generation typically ushers in new artistic and gameplay styles, so that's good. And we shouldn't just dismiss all big-budget titles as being cut from the same mold. Uncharted isn't arguably the best franchise of the generation because of small budgets; they spent a lot of money, had a lot of talent, and voila.

But in the world of indie games, it can be really entertaining to find those diamonds in the rough. It almost reminds me of the olden days, when QA testing didn't really seem to exist and renting video games at the local store was a total crap-shoot. We didn't have the Internet in those days; the best we could've hoped for was some fuzzy screenshots in Nintendo Power or something. And of course, with the industry being a small fraction of its size today, a whole lot of really, really atrocious games actually made their way to store shelves. Young'uns today don't understand that; they don't get that today, we rarely - if ever - see completely broken games on the market.

With indie games, you could end up with a joke. In fact, it's very possible. But it won't be "broken" (even low-budget titles have to go through some rigorous testing) and besides, you'll see all sorts of fresh ideas. If you're really pining for something different, checking out the selection of Indie Games on the PSN is the way to go.

At the very least, it'll make you smile.

Tags: psn indie games, independent games, playstation network indie

5/7/2013 10:22:37 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (6 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 @ 11:06:03 PM
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Not huge on these but I fully support the indie movement. I loved Journey and Flower and that Rain one looks great. I reviewed Guacamelee for another site, it isn't really for me but it's top notch and I gave it a 9.

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 @ 11:34:21 PM
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I really like how Sony is going all-out in supporting these small developers who usually would have a tough time getting their games published. I read a few articles in Game Informer about indie games that will soon hit the PSN, and they all say that Sony is a great partner in getting their games out. It could easily be a PR but I really think there's substance to this one.

Anyway, I'm yet to buy Guacamelee, but I certainly will when I get back home from Singapore. I'll probably also get Thomas Was Alone when I do.

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 1:38:55 AM
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Sometimes these indie games get way overrated. It seems as if you take a tech demo add a sad story and some sappy music, you've made something that should be displayed in The Louvre. I did like Journey a lot, but Flower and Unfinished Swan were lacking.

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gorezilla
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 5:56:38 AM
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I pretty much agree. I'm not an indie-exclusive player but when I buy games on psn, they are mostly indie. However, indie games are the 2nd reason for me. My first reason is for the PlayStation Plus titles.

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berserk
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 6:50:19 AM
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It got the 2nd best turn based strategy game in it ... Rainbow moon and and anything but miniature .

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___________
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 7:08:55 AM
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the unfinished swan, journey, papo & yo, f*cking oath indie is the best reason to visit PSN!
indies are the savors of this industry!!!!!!!!!!

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