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What’s the Difference? Mainstream •Supported by publishers •Bigger audience •Bigger budget •Strong advertisement capabilities •Usually of high quality •Vast array of titles •Released on multiple platforms
Indie •Self-supported •Select audience •Limited budget •Limited advertisement capabilities •Mixture of medium to low quality •Small selection of titles •Select platform release
The Hierarchy of Game Development Mainstream Publisher
Some Mainstream Game Developers • EPIC Games • Valve • Microsoft Game Studios • 2K Games • Infinity Ward • Neversoft • Electronic Arts
Mainstream Developer Focus Microsoft Game Studios A brand owned by Microsoft and introduced in 2002 to represent the company as a video game publisher, coinciding with the launch of the Xbox. Games published by Microsoft under the MGS label are typically released for the Windows and/or Xbox (360) platforms exclusively, regardless of whether the developer is a first or third party.
Some of ‘Microsoft Game Studios’ Titles • Perfect Dark Zero • Gears of War series • Halo series • Mass Effect series • Scene It? series • Crackdown • Forza Motorsport series • Lips series
Some Indie Game Developers • The Behemoth • Blue Fang Games • Double Fine Productions • Insomniac Games • Metanet Software • Twisted Pixel • 2D Boy • Game Lab
Indie Developer Focus â€“ The Behemoth The Behemoth is a video game development company that was created in 2002 by John Baez, artist Dan Paladin (aka Synj), and programmers Tom Fulp (the creator of the popular Newgrounds Flash website), Brandon LaCava, and Nick Dryburgh. Dryburgh later left the company. The Behemoth development studio is located in San Diego, California. The company is known for producing simple games with Paladin's signature 2D style. Their first console game, Alien Hominid, gained critical acclaim by the media and the members of The Behemoth quickly gained status as indie developers focused on bringing old-school styles of video games back into mainstream gaming. The Behemoth's second game, Castle Crashers, was released August 27, 2008, originally for the Xbox Live Arcade service, but planned for release on the PlayStation 3 for 2010. Since its release on XBLA, Castle Crashers has become one of the most downloaded games, with over 1,000,000 players listed on their leader boards.
Some of ‘The Behemoth’ Titles • Castle Crashers • Alien Hominid • BattleBlock Theater
Mainstream vs Indie Game Developers