The Rise of the Indie Developer

Assignment Overview

In the mid-2000s the game industry saw a massive increase in development costs as consumer expectations grew. The risks that publishers (the entities that funded the development of games) were now facing on smaller games, new IP, and more innovative projects became too high to take. This gap in the industry gave way to a crop of Indie game developers willing to take on development costs themselves to design the games they truly believed in. Years later, they have become a staple of the industry. For this assignment, you’ll research how this indie revolution came about.

Guidelines and Constraints

Note: Even though you are posting your work in a discussion forum, the content you are submitting must still meet the requirements of a college-level paper in regards to respectfulness, organization, wording, spelling, and grammar.

Please research and talk about the following topic(s). In 250+ words,your response must answer all of the following questions:

  • For this assignment, research the indie game movement of the 2000s and beyond. Using this research, answer the following questions:
    • What major trends, innovations, and funding strategies directly lead to the rise of indie game companies?
    • What games and companies helped push the indie market the furthest and why?
    • What is your opinion of indie games vs. AAA games? Do you prefer one over the other, if so, why?
    • What are some of your favorite indie games, and why?
  • You must provide citations for all of your sources as evidence of your research.
    • A minimum of two (2) citations are required.
    • For this particular discussion, instead of worrying about format, simply paste a list of website links.
  • Finally, find and read the replies of those who worked on the other discussion and respond to at least two (2) of them with your views on their conclusions.
    • Do you agree or disagree with anything they said? Provide at least one (1) item in defense of your views within each of your responses.


  • Forum Post or Attached Word Document or Google Doc Link with:
    • 250+ word / The Rise of the Indie Developer
    • 2+ Citations
  • Two (2) peer responses

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