Over the past few weeks I have been doing some research into game development and seeing how hard it is for the old school "garage" developers to be successful. Granted the industry has come a long way from Bill Gates in his garage and turning into a multi billionaire, but surprisingly enough there are still quite a few successful independent developers. To name a few...
These folks have great games, great ideas, and push the industry to new areas... not just the same old cut and paste wow clone type software. Now granted these guys are just normal devs not MMO devs, but I think the same type of rules apply.
There are tons of folks out there with dreams of making their own games, hell I’m one of them. All they need is support.
The three devs I listed above don’t have the best graphics, don’t have the best marketing campaigns, and their software is relatively cheap, but every one of them has a game that is different, unique, and worth the time and money to check them out.
But is that enough in this post-wow era? Are MMO players willing to look past the glitzy multimillion dollar graphic masterpieces that have horrible and uninteresting game play at the indy dev gems?
Maybe I’m just a hopeless dreamer, but I think the savior of MMO designs will be with one or more of these types of companies. Small companies that actually give a rat’s ass what you the player think and not only want your business but are willing to work for it! Companies with dreams and ideas and the intestinal fortitude to give that radical new idea of theirs a shot. Folks who still remember what its like to be a frustrated gamer tired of the same old crap and willing to think outside the box. People who aren’t just a corporate yes man for their stockholders, people like us.
So I say do your part, support the independent developers. Give them feedback, help spread the word, and best of all if you can, give them your money. Cause I think its folks like these that are desperately needed.