Mommy's Best Games, Inc. is an independent game developer founded in 2007. Our seventh game, currently in development, is Pig Eat Ball on which we started working in 2013. This is behind the scenes thoughts about game development and marketing.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

EGM: What is Indie?

Electronic Gaming Monthly number 242.0, for December 2010 has a feature article investigating what does it mean to be an independent game developer. They've interviewed yours truly for the story! I think this is the first time Mommy's Best Games has been featured in EGM!

While it's been through hard times, EGM has always had a special place in my heart. I started reading the first issues back in middle and high school. I can still remember trying to get the Simon Belmont code to work in T.M.N.T. 2 which turned out to be their first April Fools prank. Obviously I'm really excited to see MBG in their feature!

Those interviewed were ourselves, Brandon Boyer (current IGF chair), Supergiant (upcoming Bastion), and Twisted Pixel ('Splosion Man, Comic Jumper).

The feature starts on page 40, here's a legend colored text for who said what:
Mommy's Best Games: blue
Brandon Boyer: green
Supergiant: reddish purple
Twisted Pixel: orange

Click to enlarge!

Capybara and Gaijin Games were also mentioned in the article, with a nice pic of Capy's Critter Crunch shown on page 2.

Congrats to all the developers featured--I'm looking forward to Bastion, Supergiant
We always appreciate magazine coverage, and it's nice to see indie game exposure in such a prominent place in a print magazine (with an XBLIG mention!). While it wasn't an extremely in-depth article, the conclusion was interesting, that regardless of big corporations trying to co-opt the word "indie", independent developers are all very different and will continue making games regardless. It reminds me of 'alternative music' from the 1990's and how it's slowly blended into mainstream.

1 comment:

Ian said...

Great article to read first thing in the morning, and some great stuff to keep in mind on days when it's tough to get started. Thanks for scanning it, and congratulations on the interview!