A popular trend that has only grown in recent years, Indie games are to the game industry what indie films are to the film industry (thus the name). Independent development allows one to avoid the rigidity of the corporate environment, but also yields many hardships. Lower budgets, smaller staffs, limited resource and skills, and inferior marketing are the most common elements that plague independent developers. However, independent development has proven itself as a very successful endeavor that has produced many popular games.
Questions under the purview of this tag include managing an independent group, how to overcome the limitations in certain fields, and what alternatives or assistance is available to budding indie developers.