PAX East was a blast this year, and I spent a lot of time running around to track down indie booths amongst the fray of booming craziness. It’s really inspiring to see just how many excellent independent studios there were out there on the show floor with truly awesome games to demo. I wrote up a large feature on this for GameSpy, and though there wasn’t enough room to include all of the awesome indies I was able to scope out, here’s a bunch of the best ones I was able to go hands-on with.
“Landing a steady paying job as part of the development team at a major publisher is a dream come true for many budding young game designers. For Phil Fish, the unexpected and unpleasant reality of the situation he found himself in – working for a large studio as an anonymous drone amongst hundreds of others in an impersonal, sweatshop-like environment – made him momentarily question his choice of careers. However, far from crushing his spirit, the hellish personal experience actually fortified his resolve. Fish didn’t give up; he went indie. And much like the red hat-toting protagonist in Fez, he’s discovering there’s another whole other dimension to be found hidden within a seemingly two-dimensional world.”