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Published on Oct 4, 2012

The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games without the budgets of the larger "AAA" games. These indie game developers devote time, money, and take great risks in a quest to realize their creative vision. They deftly balance game mechanics & systems, sound & visuals, and an immersive storytelling experience to push the gaming medium into revolutionary new territory. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers who want to work outside of the mainstream.

Jamin Warren, Kill Screen Magazine
Zach Gage, creator of Spelltower
Darren Korb, audio designer of Bastion
Eddy Boxerman & Andy Nealen, creators of Osmos
Leigh Alexander, gaming journalist

Leokuon - http://soundcloud.com/leokuon
DoKashiteru - http://ccmixter.org/files/DoKashiteru...
Ic3m4n - http://ccmixter.org/files/Ic3m4n/15730
Yusuke Tsutsumi - http://soundcloud.com/yusuke-tsutsumi
C. Portable - http://ccmixter.org/people/portable
Per - http://ccmixter.org/files/Per/23096
Bliss - http://soundcloud.com/blisshenrikjose...
Binarpilot - http://soundcloud.com/binarpilot
John Bura - http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/3490...

Games Featured:
Owlboy - http://www.owlboygame.com/
Fez - http://fezgame.com/
Botanicula - http://botanicula.net/
Gunpoint - http://www.gunpointgame.com/
Proteus - http://www.visitproteus.com/
Coin - http://www.create-games.com/newspage....
Scrumbleship - http://www.scrumbleship.com/
Spelunky - http://spelunkyworld.com/
Limbo - http://limbogame.org/
Bastion - http://supergiantgames.com/?page_id=242
Castle Crashers - http://www.castlecrashers.com/
Journey - http://thatgamecompany.com/games/jour...
The Iconoclasts - http://www.konjak.org/index.php?folde...
Don't Blow It! http://dinomage.com/dontblowit/
Amelia vs. The Marathon - http://www.troubleimpact.com/
Lost Marbles - http://binarytakeover.com/lostmarbles...
Terraria - http://www.terraria.org/
Negative Nimbus - http://www.negativenimbus.com
Zombox - http://www.zombox.net/
Braid - http://braid-game.com/
Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery - http://www.swordandsworcery.com/
Mark of the Ninja - http://www.markoftheninja.com/
Super Meat Boy - http://supermeatboy.com/
Rawbots - http://www.rawbots.net/page/rawbots
The Splatters - http://spikysnail.com/
Legend of Grimlock - http://www.grimrock.net/
Bit Trip Runner - http://bittripgame.com/bittrip-runner...
SpellTower - http://www.spelltower.com/
Bit Pilot - http://www.bitpilotgame.com/
Pid - http://www.pidgame.com/
Reset - http://reset-game.net/
Minecraft - https://minecraft.net/
The Binding of Isaac - http://store.steampowered.com/app/113...
World of Goo - http://www.worldofgoo.com/
Osmos - http://www.hemispheregames.com/osmos/
Tiny Wings - http://www.andreasilliger.com/
God of Blades - http://whitewhalegames.com/godofblade...
Prison Architect - http://www.introversion.co.uk/prisona...
Dear Esther - http://dear-esther.com/
Corpse Garden - http://7dfps.org/?projects=corpse-garden
Amnesia: The Dark Descent - http://www.amnesiagame.com/#main
The Moonlighters - http://raddragongames.wordpress.com/t...
Dungeons of Dredmor Necromancer - http://www.gaslampgames.com/
Faster Than Light - http://www.ftlgame.com/
Today I Die - http://www.ludomancy.com/games/today....
The Snowfield - http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/snowfi...
Symon - http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/summer...
I Wish I Were The Moon - http://www.ludomancy.com/blog/2008/09...
Passage - http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/pas...
The Dream Machine - http://www.thedreammachine.se/
Ico - http://www.icothegame.com/

More Off Book:
Our last video on The Art of Web Design: http://youtu.be/3iVVM_DgWY4
A sweet piece on Can Fandom Change Society?: http://youtu.be/B9Zum7azNIQ
An examination of The Art of Animation & Motion Graphics: http://youtu.be/X0hVEH4se-0
Our short documentary on Glitch Art: http://youtu.be/gr0yiOyvas4
We took a look at The Art of Logo Design: http://youtu.be/x3jTSB2ez-g

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