Independent games, are you making what the public really want.

16 08 2008

Don’t be a parrot, learn to speak with your own voice.

I want to talk about what games people really want and what people may be making without being informed of the real market.

Bereft of life, he rests in peace. This is an ex parrot

Bereft of life, he rests in peace. This is an ex parrot

lets look at what games people are really playing, what people are really looking for, who the real market in games is, because what is being made to sell by the large corporations are not always the same thing, but one has to know what the media is, what it really is, what it means and what its purpose is, the majority of people believe the media is a random creation of culture creation created by random persona’s or organisations, this is wrong.

Lets learn what the term media really means.

media, medium
(Latin: medium is the neuter form of the adjective medius, meaning “middle”; as well as, a neuter noun meaning, “the middle”)

The transformation of media and medium over the years.

When medium was first borrowed into English late in the sixteenth century, it was used for “something lying in a middle or intermediate position”.

Media (the plural of medium) is a transformation of the term “media of communication”, referring to those organized means of dissemination of fact, opinion, entertainment, and other information; such as, newspapers, magazines, cinema films, radio, television, the World Wide Web, billboards, books, CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, computer games, and other forms of publishing.

So as we can see the term means, medium, now why should that reference be used. Well when we want to direct, or communicate an idea one has to broker that to the intended party, we can do that in person, or we can use a third party, lets imagine 3 parts, at the top we have the originator of the idea, or the originator of the intended effect, at the bottom we see the intended recipient of that idea or intention, in the middle we have the broker of that intent, this is the medium, the middle party that delivers the intent.

In our world, the originator of the idea or intent is the higher echelon of society, at the bottom is the masses, and in the middle we have the media, or the medium if you like, the elite use a broker to deliver the intent, and it is an intent as it is intended to have a desired effect on your actions or thoughts.

So, the medias job is to influence, and not just to make money or provide a service of entertainment, it does make capital, but that is not its sole aim, its aim is the communication to the masses below, it is the medium of influence, one important note to make, when one wants to speak to the dead one makes use of a special individual, this person is know as a medium.

Is our media, or medium speaking to the dead, is that how the masses are thought as, are they the real living dead.

When you know this one can stop copying what the media intends for our indoctrination, if you look at indie games, and lets stress that again, indie, independent, you will see a very wide variety of games with lots of individuality, lots of ideas and concepts, often very different than what the mainstream media presents to us, indie games do not focus on graphics, which interestingly the mainstream games do, graphics that need high end and expensive technology, the originators of these games and the hardware manufacturers are in bed with each other, they walk hand in hand, one hand washes the other, I think you get the drift, and I also think some of you have noticed how alike these high end games are, they all follow a narrow section of all the possible avenues video games take, indie developers don’t have any trouble realising broad ideas in their games, but the big boys always follow the same path, the same script, and of course they should, the script is layed out, and is followed religiously, script comes from scribble, scribble is not the same as write or right, the scribbling scribes write their scripts, in ancient times this was done for the high priest or the reigning monarch, and passed down to the profane to follow blindly. The scribes still scribble the doctrines for the indoctrinated, only you don’t have to follow it.

Once released from following, one can lead oneself. When one looks at what people are really looking for, what people are really playing, one often finds it is not the same as what is being promoted by large corporate entities, one finds that more people may look for card games, or word puzzles or whatever that game may be than may be looking for Farcry or whatever the latest fancy pants game is being marketed with millions of dollars. Do your own research, find out, just what type of games are people really playing, I mean really playing, you may be surprised at just what you find.

Being an independent developer means you are released from any ties, you can create what you want, or what the public really wants, not what we are told they want.

So what are you waiting for, be an independent developer, create your own culture, your own ideas, and create the games that the public is really looking for, not what we are told they are looking for. You may be pleasantly surprised at your new sales or download figures.

Note – Guest piece article by personal friend of Lee Elia. His latest game is called, New World Disorder, go give them a visit for a real world shake up.




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