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Op Ed - Indie Studios, Not Corporate Giants, Are the Future of Videogames.
The question used to be, could independently produced games compete with the big studios? Now I think the question should be, can the big-studio model continue to exist? Right now, indie games are serving niche audiences that were left behind by big studios. What happens when small teams start to make shooters that can pull audiences away from Titanfall? Football games that are more fun than Madden?

IGN - A Closer Look at Irrational Games' Change of Focus. Thanks JDreyer.
What we can be sure of, is that a lot of people are going through a really tough time right now; wondering what they’re going to do next, wondering if they have to uproot their lives. As Brendan Keogh righteously notes in his piece ‘Games for Humans’ (which you must read, and then question why there aren't more unions in the industry), it’s all too easy to become distracted by the cult of Levine, by this idea that Irrational’s creative output belongs to Levine and Levine alone. BioShock Infinite was not made by one person. In fact, it was also made by Rod Fergusson, Leonie Manshanden, Adrian Murphy, Scott Sinclair, Shawn Robertson, Grant Chang, Matt Boehm, Jim Christopher, Jon Mangagil, Pete Paquette, Shamil Rasizade, Jeremy Carson, Ian Davis, Gwen Frey, Calen Brait, Chad King, Paul Presley, Laura Zimmermann, Jorge Lacera, Mauricio Tejerina, Robb Waters, Gavin Goulden, Adam Bolton, Stephen Alexander, Jeremy Griffith, Kyle Williams, Jamie McNulty, Steve Allen, Charles Bradbury, Frank DaPonte, Scott Duquette, John Fuhrer, Dan Keating, Murray Kraft, Chad LaClair, Brian McNett, Mike Snight, Spencer Luebbert, Forrest Dowling, Andres Elias Gonzalez Tahhan, Elisabeth Beinke, Shawn Elliott, Paul Green, Patrick Haslow, Amanda Jeffrey, Steve Lee, Albert Meranda, Jason Mojica, Seth Rosen, Francois Roughol, James Selen, Adrian Balanon, Adrian Chatriwala, Alexx Kay, Sean Madigan, Steve McNally, Justin Sonnekalb, Jordan Thomas, Kristina Drzaic, Drew Holmes, Joe Fielder, Andrew Mitchell, Elena Siegman, Mike Syrnyk, James Edwards, Ashley Hoey, Sophie Mackey, Don Roy, Sarah Rosa, Nicole Sandoval, Mike Soden, Christopher Kline, John Abercrombie, Tim Austin, Matt Helbig, Erik Irland, Dan Kaplan, Shane Matthews, Iskander Umarov, Nick Raines, Arun Rao, Dan Scholten, Dustin Vertrees, Steve Ellmore, Dan Amato, Steve Anichini, Jamie Culpon, Michael Kraack, Jeremy Lerner, Doug Marien, Kristofel Munson, Ian Pilipski, Scott Haraldsen, Pat Balthrop, Jim Bonney, Dan Costello, Chris Duffey, Jonathan Grover, Dan Johnson, Katie Lafaw, Jonathan Rubinger, Jeff Seamster, Kate Baxter, Joshua M. Davis, David Fox, Michael Swiderek, Robert Tzong, Amanda Cosmos, Todd Raffray, Tara Voelker, Christopher Alberto, Jim Beals, Bill Fryer, Tim Ahern, Kyle Allison, Jeremy Almeida, Dan Beaulieu, Elizabeth Bergeron, Josh Bjornson, Tyler Caraway, Adam Cohen, Raymond Corsetti, Edmund Dubois, Charles Dworetz, Jonny Fawcett, Chris Fidalgo, Gage Hackford, Andrew Howard, Amy Keating, Patrick Knight, Cassandra Lease, Joshua Luther, Austin Maestre, Mike McCullough, Yu Heng Mo, Chris Moore, Shelly Njoo, Glenn A. Palmer, Lorry Rocha, Alex Scokel, Alex Teebagy, Jason Tocci, Nicholas Troy, Greg Vargas, Matt Wetzel, Husam Al-Ziab, Eric Barker, Zoe Brookes. Bill Gardner, Ratana Huot, Jesse Kearns, Dylan Schmidt, Keith Shetler, Michelle Sinclair, Tracy Ryan, Alexis Yilmaz, Shane Smith, Trevor Chaplin, Ray Holbrook, Rob King, Matthew Krawczyk, Jonathan LoPorto, Kayla Belmore, Aisha Coston, Ashlee Flagg, Tim Sivret, Troy Baker, Courtnee Draper, Heather Gordon, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Laura Bailey, Kimberly D. Brooks, Lyndsy Kail, Oliver Vaquer, Ray Carbonel, Jennifer Hale, Bill Lobley, Keith Szarabajka, Steve Blum, Anthony Brophy, T.C. Carson, Vic Chao, Erin Cole, Dioni Michelle Collins, Jesse Corti, Roger Cross, Joey D’Auria, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Greg Ellis, Robin Atkin Downes, Daheli Hall, Brad Grusnick, Scott Holst, Richard Herd, Brian Kimmet, Neil Kaplan, Matthew Yang King, Arif S. Kinchen, Yuri Lowenthal, Misty Lee, Jim Meskimen, Tess Masters, Philip Moon, Mimi Michaels, Elle Newlands, Masasa Moyo, Dina Pearlman, Liam O’Brien, Amanda Philipson, Patrick Pinney, Brent Popolizio, Sam Riegel, Cindy Robinson, Lori Rom, Jeff Seamster, T.Ryder Smith, Spike Spencer, April Stewart, Mark Allan Stewart, Kaiji Tang, Faruq Tauheed,Oliver Vaquer, Gwendoline Yen, Kevin Yamada, Patti Yasutake, Catherine Zambri, Courtney Adair, Joey Armstrong, Nick Bishop, Cameron Crook, Erica Denning, Gil Espanto, Jose Gutierrez, Sasha de Guzman, Jennifer Heinser, Sharon Her, Michael Howard, Winnie Hsieh, Nicole Hunter, Matt Jackson, Marcy Lee, Shawna-Mara Kaia Lee, Kamasu Livingston, Edwin Li, Jon Mangagil, Christina Lowrey, Amanda McKamey, Anton Maslennikov, Jose Montesinos, Kirill Mikhaylov, Steve Park, Kurt Osiander, Sari Sabella, Dennis Ruel, Andy Strong, Aaron Teixeira, Anthony Tominia, Paulette Trinh, Mike Wang, Bryce Wang, Cais Wang, Neely Wang, Brad Whelan, Maria Zamaniego, Garry Schyman, Jim Bonney, Scott Bradlee, Tony Babino, Tom Abbott, Scott Bradlee, Sean Condron, Adam Kubota, Allan Mednard, Paul Saca, Tim Brooks, Clay Hine, Drew McMillan, Clay Hine, Miche Braden, Jessy Carolina, Marc Lacuesta, Maureen Murphy, Duncan Watt, Noah Harley, Mario J. Maggio, and Justin Frye and oh god I'm sorry if I've missed anybody.

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3. Re: Op Ed Feb 21, 2014, 11:45 Pigeon
Spektr wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 07:33:
What happens when small teams start to make shooters that can pull audiences away from Titanfall? Football games that are more fun than Madden?

Let me guess... they'll get bought off by big studios?

Problem with Football games is EA holds the NFL license, and being able to play as your favorite team is a huge draw for sports games. It would be nice to play a game where there aren't things like Snickers Awareness and Gatorade Endurance upgrades for players...
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2. Re: Op Ed Feb 21, 2014, 10:13 UHD
I wasn't aware Levine had a cult behind him. I thought the era of game dev groupies was behind us.  
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1. Re: Op Ed Feb 21, 2014, 07:33 Spektr
What happens when small teams start to make shooters that can pull audiences away from Titanfall? Football games that are more fun than Madden?]

Let me guess... they'll get bought off by big studios?
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