Celebrate Freedom by Supporting Game Devs, via Indiependence Day

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While most Americans will be out at the grill, barbecuing up a storm with their assortment of meats couple with alcoholic beverages, our friend Dan Adelman has prepped up an awesome website for various independent developers.

The website, dubbed simply IndiependenceDay.org, exists for one sole purpose – to raise awareness of how tough and competitive the independent games development field has gotten, and to give some indies a chance at making some extra bucks, by offering all of their games at full price.

You can find their mission statement below:

Indie game development has always been a tough business. The average indie developer makes less than $12,000 per year.

There are more games coming out than ever before, and games only seem to sell when they’re on sale. Players have been conditioned, through bundles and mega-sales, not to pay full price. None of this is a surprise. And although money isn’t the primary motivating factor for a lot of us, if the dynamics of the industry don’t change, indie games will become an unsustainable model. Indie games have been such a source of creativity and originality over the last 10 years, and we want to keep them going!

To bring some awareness of this to players, a group of indies have decided to come together on July 4 (Indiependence Day) and NOT put our games on sale. We encourage fans of indie games to support their favorite developers by buying their games at full price. If you bought a game on sale and wound up really loving it, perhaps buy a copy at full price and gift it to a friend. Or pick up that game that’s been on your wishlist for a long time. (Steam’s new refund policy makes that a lot less risky!) Whatever your platform of choice, we’d love your support.

After you purchase the game, please help spread the word by tweeting about it using the hashtag #IndiependenceDay.

The games run the gamut of genres, from Bit.Trip Runner 2, Assault Android Cactus, Axiom VergeTengami, World of Goo, to Out There: Ω Edition.

Image: Sharpwriter

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  1. JackDandy
    July 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I support what this thing is trying to do.

    Phil Fish and the SanFran clique might have dragged the indie “brand” in the mud a fair bit, but I still love me some indies.
    There ARE lots of cool and precious devs for this industry, especially on PC.
    Grabbing an awesome game at a fraction of a price from some bundle site or steam sale is ultimately.. a bit of a spit in the face, imo. Of course, ymmv, but my point is- good games deserve full asking price.

    Anywho, I didn’t buy anything from that thing yet, but I did just grab Antharion from the dev site. (This is something that’s good to do for any dev you like: Don’t give Steam unnecessary money. They’re getting a 30% share otherwise!)

  2. Ippiki Okami
    Ippiki Okami
    July 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    While I am mostly in support of this for j-indie and dojinshi developers by purchasing games from sites like Playism, it is kind of difficult to support some western indie developers when they act anti-gamer/super pretentious.

  3. Nonscpo
    July 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    True, but you have to rember that it’s not all of them. Sadly It can be hard at times to tell the good ones from the bad ones.

  4. Choppinfoot
    July 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Basically this. The term “indie developer” for me has been turned into a completely ambiguous term tainted with connotations of narcissism and anti-gaming sentiment.

  5. Thanatos2k
    July 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Well, there’s the good indie developers and the evil ones.

  6. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    July 2, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Looking at the picture, I thought this is a game about all US president vs Alien….Oh well.

  7. dsadsada
    July 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    It’s only some, like you said. Just keep thinking of this as a ‘silent majority’ sort of situation and you’re good. The ones you would likely want to support are too busy actually making games and supporting the industry to bother calling anyone anything.

    Anyway, this is early but…

    Happy Independence Day, America
    -rest of the world

  8. V - 狼
    V - 狼
    July 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Sadly, there is one thing I have to admit. There are too many good games and I cannot play them all anymore with my work. :/
    So yeah I have about two dozen indie games I need to actually play, and I keep buying them (whether on sale or not, depending on how hyped I am).
    And then there are AAA titles, too. Damn.