The only thing more kick-ass than wasting your life playing silly, little games, is wasting your life making them.
Since the Internet showed up and irrevocably messed up our lives, people now have a readily available audience to show off their own, handmade works of “art.”
There’s something special about playing through a game made by just one person. Plus, they’re usually really cheap (or free, if the person who made it is cool enough) and they give you hella indie cred, yo.
If you have any of the current gen-gaming consoles, you have access to a buffet of indie games made by one dude or a small team of developers. Everyone and their brother’s favorite indie game right now is Plants vs. Zombies, made by the company that made Bejewelled way back in the day. It’s similar to the nine billion other tower defense games out right now, but with a weird-ass setting of having to defend your house from zombies with your garden or some other silly s— like that. (Available for PC, MAC, Xbox Live, and the iPhone.)
To be honest, though, tower defense games don’t really do anything for me anymore. I’ve played an obscene amount of crappy Flash-based ones, and I’m totally done. But that iron is still hot, hot, hot, so those aren’t going away anytime soon.
Anyway, you have a computer. You’re reading this on one, meaning you have access to a mind-numbing selection of indie games. Many of which are free, because they don’t have big distribution companies like Microsoft and Sony wanting a piece of that sweet, sweet pie.
These games deserve their due. And I play a lot of these games because I’m broke as hell, which means I will be talking about them in this blog. There’re some serious goodies out there that really need to be talked about in more detail. Until then, just download Cave Story. You get to shoot monsters in the face to protect weird rabbit-people, or something like that.
Zach Broadhead hosts ‘Night Soil’ on Wolf Pack Radio from 9-10 pm. He’ll watch your back, but you’re best to watch your front.