Appriciation for the Indie & Downloadable titles

Watching the VGAs last night and seeing a game like The Walking Dead take home Game of the Year really brought a smile to my face. Not just for the fact that I love the game, but for in a day and age where most game companies try to make their games bigger in terms of game play and visuals, it's really nice to see a more smaller scale game get appreciated.

Don't get me wrong, I love those triple A titles as well. Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed III, and Max Payne 3 are some of my favorite games this year. As well I'm really look forwards to games such as Bioshock Infinite and Grand Theft 
Auto V next year.

Now not only did The Walking Dead win GOTY, but along with it Journey was nominated. Not only was it nominated in this category, but it won best Indie game, best PS3 game, and best original score (which is also up for a Grammy Award!).

Going away from the VGAs and to IGN's GOTY nominees, we see even more appreciation for indie & Downloadable games. In their 10 nominees, 5 of them are non-AAA titles. These are TWD, Journey, Hotline Miami, FTL, and The Unfinished Swan. These are are games that, when released, we knew would be enjoyed by some and had a very unique appeal to them. The fact that they are being put along side games like Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, and Guild Wars 2 is very nice to see [IMO anyway]. It shows that as gamers we still have appreciation for style of years gone by.

That's really my point for this little blog entry; it makes me happy to see games that I grew up with make a comeback in this day and age. Games where you didn't need a 30+ hour story to love them. Games where the only gameplay mechanic was to jump and it was damn fun to jump! Visuals and nice looking graphics are awesome, but it doesn't mean anything if real heart and love for the game isn't there.


I think I might go dig out my old SNES now, like DK did during Thanksgiving with his kids, and play some old school Super Mario World.


Thanks for taking the time to read!

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Tags: AAA, GOTY, Indie, games, old, school, titles

Comment by ☠ Alekzis ☠ on December 8, 2012 at 11:34am

Great blog post dude. I completely agree with you, when i voted for The Walking Dead on the Game of the Year category i honestly didn't think it was going to get much support since triple A titles are what usually sells the most and they tend to be more mainstream thanks to their marketing team. I think the fact a point and click game won GOTY in this day and age is huge. It really emphasizes the importance of a great story, great characters and giving player choice real meaning. I hope this makes a big enough impact to inspire some studios and motivate some big publishers to put a little more heart and effort into their games rather than just selling flashy graphics and hype to gamers.

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