Just yesterday, in Independent Thoughts, I looked at the growing number of indie companies, and wondered how many would survive over time. If you thought that was scary, how about anyone - anyone at all - being able to build their own MMOG?
Indie news seems to be all around the ‘net lately. There’s Coyote’s blog posts, Mark Morris on bit-tech about staying independent, an interview with Jeff Vogel on gamebanshee, more reviews (finally) of Eschalon, etc. So unless all this is just because of the post-holiday lull, it looks like better times for indie games, right? Maybe. Maybe not.
A few days back, Fox News hosted a show that gave Mass Effect, a highly-praised and rated game, a black eye. The show was rife with inaccuracies (I’m being polite here), in particular from author Cooper Lawrence, who admitted she hadn’t played the game. EA sent a letter to Fox demanding an apology and corrections.