Short for "independent development", the development of games outside of the corporate world. May be a single person or a team of friends/associates.

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How was the art for Braid created? [closed]

All the backgrounds, foliage, well everything you see really. Would it have been free hand drawn with a tablet or example or how is it done?
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How should we approach publishing our game from India?

Me and my friends are developing a game using Java for Windows operating system. We have nearly completed our game. As we feel that the game can make money, we wish to sell it. But in India we don't ...
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How many people should be involved in a game startup? [closed]

I want to start an indie game company, and I understand that you need a designer, an engineer, and an artist at the very least. I also know that professional game companies like Bethesda ...
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Demo (and real game) Protection

In a few months I plan to start showing off the (hopefully commercial) game I'm working on to the public (internet). The thing is, besides screenshots and a trailer (of say feature functionality), how ...
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How to protect a developed game?

I have developed some small games which are my own creation and each is having different gameplay. Now i want to showcase it using the internet. But I'am a bit worried about the concept getting ...
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How does one go about offering a mobile game, or offering all in-app purchases to backers?

I am planning on trying to get my android game kickstarted. Of course, it's too early in development, and I will wait on until 60% done to do the kickstarter. Some of the rewards I am hoping to give ...
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add a server to facebook game, realistic cost for indie dev? [closed]

is it feasable in term of cost for an indie developer to add a server for a farming game, to save progress (new buildings) and the friends of each user? I have read figures about Farmville, that were ...
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Where can I share my game? [closed]

I am looking for places on the web to share my game. I'm relatively new to game development. Not looking to 'promote' my game or sell it. Just want to share it in places where there is a possibility ...
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How to get a game popular without a publisher?

I have just finished a game I had been developing last month, but whilst making the game I was pestered by the fact that I had no way of getting it to the public eye. I didn't want to pitch it to a ...
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Which consoles support fee-less indie game publishing?

On which consoles can I publish indie games without paying a license fee?
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First Mobile Indie Game - Monetization Model. Ad based or in app purchases?

We are a team of 3 (1 graphics designer, 2 developers). We're almost done with our first Android based indie game. Which monetization model will be suitable for us? We don't want to disturb users with ...
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UK Indie studio registration

I'm from the UK and I've just about completed making an indie game and had some interest from several online retailers that sell games. This requires me filling in a basic contract. I'm just one guy ...
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How does one publish games on XBox One and PS4 if not in one of the allowed countries? [closed]

We want to publish our game on XBox One & PS4. According to Sony & Microsoft they plan to allow indie developers to self-publish games. Unfortunately this is their requirement: Sony ...
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How to simulate timed attacks in browser-based games?

In my MMORTS browser-based game, I want that all attacks be performed 7 minutes later after the player does it. So, when the player clicks on attack button, a countdown becomes visible to both the ...
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What's the minimum viable product to present a game to a publisher?

I am currently working on a puzzle game. I am aiming in the future to ask a publisher to publish it. What do you think could be the minimum viable product to reach before sending it. I am talking ...
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How important is online multiplayer?

I am making a small game that has four players. It can be played with 1 or 2 players locally, with the remaining players controlled by AI. I am considering online play, but it is an area I know very ...
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Indie game databases [closed]

as I am approaching the end of development of my iPhone game I find it increasingly difficult to approach magazines / youtubers and bloggers interested in replying to me and featuring a preview of my ...
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Set up indie game studio (UK) - how?

I am UK based and am looking to set up my own game studio - essentially, just myself working from home, looking to build casual game apps. I want to ask you guys what steps or process i need to go ...
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How do you find games with a similar idea?

I'm thinking about making an indie game and want to know if there's maybe one with similar idea. I'm not asking about my idea specifically, I just want to know how to find out if a game has the same ...
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Crowdfunding an indie game. What should I offer back?

I have seen many indie games making money for development using crowd funding (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, et cetera). Some of the games will offer something back. For example, in an RPG game, you might ...
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small independent game development on a virtual machine

I've been learning about OpenGL and SFML with c++ now for about 6-8 months, and would like to work on a small little personal game to put some of my skills to the test. Now I want to kill two birds ...
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Finding collaborators to work on projects [duplicate]

I'm wondering what are good ways to find people you can work with on indie projects. Is there anywhere some sort of list of game developer forums ? Or if it doesn't exist, what websites would you ...
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How does a one-man developer do its games' sounds?

Before anything, that's not a "oh, where can I find resources?" question. Well, I've been curious about one thing in the indie games industry. For the development of the game, such tasks like game ...
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How much is java used in 2d/3d indie games? (before/after Minecraft) [closed]

I wonder for my own use and curiosity, how popular is Java in indie game development , in 2d and 3d? Are there any good open/closed source games done in java?
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2D Indie : From scratch, engine or maker? [closed]

I have been a game design/programming student for two years now, and made some little games using HTML5, most of them from scratch. I've come to a point where I am frustrated by the coding part : ...
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What type of legal entity do I need for my game company?

I'm the leader of a group of 4 of us that are contributing to a game and it has come to my attention that we will eventually need some kind of official title or something along those lines. We've ...
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What should I do about legal considerations for an indie game?

Apologies if there's a bit too much background information here, not sure what's relevant but figured I needed to outline the financial situation to differentiate this from other questions whose ...
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Is game development a no money field?

I'm about to graduate from high school and I've been thinking about the future. I'd really like to make videogames for a living, I have been playing with some tools (about to finally start a real ...
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Looking to create a game with a small indie team, where to start? [closed]

A group of friends and I would like to start developing a small indie game for fun. It's something to do over a period of time as a hobby. We're in school, so it's not like we can go to a college or ...
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Career in game development move: hone developper skills, go indie, or a mix? [closed]

Question When you have a current stable job as a developer in another field, what is the best course of action to enter the game industry? Wait (indefinitely?) for an opportunity to sell your ...
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How bad would be to focus on iOS/Android development for an indie developer? [closed]

After some time developing games for others I'm thinking of moving towards my own productions. My background is 10+ years of software development, with last 2 years spent on the iOS development ...
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From release to business

Let's say that I've finished programming an indie MMO game similiar to Tibia. I've got a stable server application that is ready to launch, i've got a tested bug-free working client application that ...
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Is there a portal dedicated to HTML5 games? [closed]

Just to get something straight; by "portal", I mean a website that frequently publishes a certain type of games, has a blog, some articles, maybe some tutorials and so on. All of these things are not ...
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Is ActionScript 3 used by Serious Indie Developers? [closed]

This question is for dedicated independent game developers: My dream is to be a game developer. I am a senior in high school who has taken Computer Science for all four years. I have used Java the ...
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What is the breakdown of jobs in game development?

There's a project I'm trying to start for Indie Game Development; specifically, it's going to be a social networking website that lets developers meet through (It's a secret). One of the key ...
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What are some good resources for creating a game engine in XNA? [closed]

I'm currently a student game programmer working on an indie project. We have a team of eleven people (five programmers, four artists, and two audio designers) aboard, all working hard to help design ...
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Costs/profit of/when starting an indie company

In short, I want to start a game company. I do not have much coding experience (just basic understanding and ability to write basic programs), any graphics design experience, any audio mixing ...
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Where can I find a programmer/game developer to team up with? [closed]

I'm a pixel artist looking for an ametuer programmer/game developer to team up with, But I'm not sure where to start! I'm not particularly worried about profit, I'm only interested in making the game ...
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How to start development for PSN?

I'm interested in making a game that can be distributed on PSN. Any suggestions?
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Where can I find indie “teams”

I'm looking to work over the internet in a team of people to make a game. I'm not looking to make a profit, I just want the experiance. Where can I find similary minded persons?
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Where to promote your indie game? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: Where to advertise my game? Let's say I have developed a game and I want to "get it out there". What I have in mind is open-source, non-commercial games. What websites ...
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How can I promote my game? [closed]

I am a beginning indie developer, and I want to get the word out about my game. What sites can I go to to ask about reviews of my game, and where might I be able to talk about and get feedback on my ...
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Is it illegal to use GarageBand or FL Studio music I make in a game I plan to sell?

I'm a beginning developer and I'd like to make music for my game. I've searched this question on the site, and when it comes to music in games, I see a lot of people suggesting programs like FL ...
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App Store: Profitability for Game Developers

Recent days, I've been spending significant time in discovering chances of profitability of AppStore for developers. I have found many articles. Some of them are highly optimistic, while other are ...
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What language for Indie dev? [closed]

What would be a easy/fast language that would be good for an Indie developer for a FPS? Java? C#? C++? C? Anything else that would be good? Edit: (Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows)
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C++ Valid for indie 2d games? [closed]

I am not currently developing any games, but am taking a C++ course. Will I actually be able to make any games with the knowledge I have from this course? I really just want to make a game with ...
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How can cooperation be encouraged in and after a game jam?

The trouble is that with game jams sometimes loads of people participate, but at the end they say "Right! Bye!" and you never hear from them again. If a cooperative element was introduced, the reward ...
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What sort of GDC pass is best for a cash-strapped indie, if any?

I'm doing a web game startup with one other person, and I'm considering attending GDC for the first time, but we're really tight for cash. We support ourselves with contract programming. Any money we ...
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Setting up Payout on the Microsoft App Hub

I am a Windows Phone 7 developer from India. I want to set up the Payout option on the App Hub for the Paid apps I release. What's the procedure? Do I have to physically mail the W-8 form to ...
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What would it take to create a clone of Frozen Synapse? [closed]

For the independent game studio Mode 7 it took 4 years and 3 developers plus contractors. Do you think it could have been done faster (according that you have played it) ? What would it take to just ...