E3. Is there really any expo like it? Honestly, it’s one of my favorite times of year. The excitement, the energy, the endless energy drinks so you can hit as many booths as humanly possible.
It’s the best.
Now, this year, there was a distinct shift from previous years. You could just about smell it in the air as you moved around: the growing presence of the indie game.
Yes, the time has come. Indie games are about to have their day in the sun, and this indie kid could not be more excited.
You see, big players like Nintendo and Sony have already created these great pipelines that allow indie developers to push out games that suit their platforms. Even better is that the indies are not restricted to begging the big names for attention, hat in hand. They are, hands down, the most multi-platform group producing in the industry right now.
Gaming is the one media industry that is notorious for sticking to singular platforms. It’s been a major gripe for players for years, and the new kids on the block are all ears. They’re proactively making their games for multiple platforms, which increases their accessibility exponentially. They are going to take the industry and put it through a blender if the old school doesn’t catch up quick.
At E3 alone, in amongst the heavily marketed COD booths and Destiny stations, you could find indie games having the crap loved out of them on Playstation, Xbox, Oculus Rift, PCs, Vita and all over the iOs devices. It’s just nuts.
The future of gaming isn’t in the hands of the giants now. It’s been snapped up by the unrestricted indies, and both sides of the table know it.