One of my missions here at Gamerwife.com is to try to prove that games are for everyone, and that there is a game for everyone. This is a big part of why I go out of my way to champion independent games and game makers that aren’t afraid to push the envelope of what a game ‘is’.
I don’t see the point in getting into a semantics debate about what exactly makes a game a game, that’s missing the point. The point is that digital storytelling is an incredible medium that is becoming more and more accessible to a huge range of creative voices. I want to celebrate those voices and the work they create.
To that end, I decided to cook up a little group activity to help bring more people to video games, and indie games specifically. Or rather, I started a gang.
I call it Indie Game Gang and I want you all to join me.
The concept is simple enough, each month we’ll pick an interesting indie game to play together and discuss it in the Indie Game Gang group on Steam. All games chosen for Indie Game Gang will be playable on a PC or Mac through Steam, with straightforward mechanics that anyone can play with a mouse and keyboard. Also, because we all lead crazy fulfilling lives, Indie Game Gang games will typically be playable in a few hours up to a maximum of 15 (you will have a month to get through it, after all).
It’s basically a book club for video games, with a special emphasis on accessible and independent games because that’s what I’m into and I hope you are too.
For the inaugural edition of Indie Game Gang, which will kick off on January 1st, I’ve gone ahead and picked a game that got a lot of attention this year, but that I haven’t played yet. It’s called The Beginner’s Guide and it’s sort of a game about making games. Or really, it’s art about creating art, the relationship between consumers and creators and the existential dread that accompanies all of it. Sounds fun, right?
Okay, so I deliberately picked a doozie of a first game. But, it’s short (1 1/2 hours by most estimates), has no real ‘win’ state and should generate tons of great material for discussion. It’s by Davey Wreden, the creator of The Stanley Parable, another critically acclaimed indie game that you might also want to check out before jumping into Beginner’s Guide.
If this sounds like the sort of thing you’re into, go ahead and join the Indie Game Gang on Steam, introduce yourself in the Intros sub-forum in the Discussions tab and grab yourself a copy of The Beginner’s Guide.
Everything’s set to kick off January 1st, but feel free to start a discussion whenever you like.
I’m crazy excited about this, and I hope you are too.