“The Creativity of Indie Video Games” by PBS Arts: Off Book gives an in-depth look at how indie video game developers are pushing the boundaries of video game creativity and storytelling, while also being able to tap into better sources of funding for their projects thanks to online funding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. To see a full list of the people, music and indie games featured within this video, it is listed under the actual video on YouTube.
The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games without the budgets of the larger “AAA” games. These indie game developers devote time, money, and take great risks in a quest to realize their creative vision. They deftly balance game mechanics & systems, sound & visuals, and an immersive storytelling experience to push the gaming medium into revolutionary new territory. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers who want to work outside of the mainstream.