Playing Habits In The Face Of Retro Remakes and Endless Indies
Long ago now I fully submerged myself in the world of Indie gaming, but I didn’t forget the larger gaming cosmos. My go-to daily source for gaming is indie, while I flirt with classics and major titles that strike my fancy. Does this sound like you?
When I ate, slept and dreamt MMOs twenty-four seven, it was common to read how people played their favorite MMO almost exclusively, but would hop around while waiting for their game’s next expansion. Do you play Indie or Retro titles while waiting between the big AAA releases? Or do you have just enough time and money to save up for each new big title and this keeps you out of the world of Indie?
I find myself spending on Indies to the point when a Triple-A title releases I can’t afford it and either skip it until it’s been out long enough that it’s on sale and no longer new. Or I spurge and spend more than I really should.
The big consoles are starting to add cheaper indie games to their platforms. This has some benefit for Indie exposure and sales. But I do wonder if treatment of indies takes on a clear hierarchy. For myself, there are clearly some big-budget games I wait for, along with lots of Indies I try. But I’ve also found some Indie games that have instantly taken priority over any wait or anticipation over the big boys.
How do you approach Indie, then? Is it a kiddie-pool who wade through only when you don’t yet have the next Triple-A title in your hands, do you play less of the big games now or is it equal parts of a new gaming industry? And not to gloss-over classic Retro titles, do you find yourself too busy playing classics?