Reddit user Hivezz recently asked this question about indie games on Reddit, and I thought it was a really interesting question, so wanted to pass it over to the expert eyes of the Gamebreaker audience.
Should we give indie games a break because they’re indie? The question seems to me to revolve around a few different viewpoints.
As I mention in the video, I don’t really consider the price point of games when I’m playing them, I simply consider whether or not I’m enjoying myself, and that’s it. I don’t look at the cost of a game so much as the gameplay itself, and don’t consider the graphics so much as some others might, which probably makes me likely to be an easy appreciator of indie games! But the key to my view is that I’m not really thinking “this game cost me $5, so it should be this good, while this game cost me $50, so it should be proportionately better than the $5 game.” I’ve paid $50+ for enough terrible games in my time to know full well that they can be far worse than $5 indie games!
So, what do you expect from indie games? Do you lower your expectations from them as a nod to their undoubtedly lower budgets, or do you judge them on the same scale as games produced by companies with millions to play with? One redditor asserted, not unfairly, that you get what you pay for, and that you shouldn’t expect the same game from an independent studio.
So then, in order to cater for people like me who judge all games on the same yardstick, what should indie games compromise on to maintain their quality? It seems to me, and to several reddit users, that indie game developers should look to create a great game, but perhaps a shorter one with less content than a big budget blockbuster, but to keep the quality high. Quality over quantity!
But what do you think? Do you give indie games a break because they’re made on smaller budgets? Do you consider what you paid for a game when passing judgement on it? Or is a good game a good game, and a bad game a bad game, regardless of where it came from? Do let us know what you think!