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Introducing The Indie Game Gang

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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?

The Beginner's Guide | Introducing Indie Game Gang | Gamerwife.com

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.

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24 Comments

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    readerlygeek
    December 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This is so cool! I’ve not gamed much in years, but I’ve been wanting to get back into it–especially after reading about all the cool Indie games out there. (Thanks for sharing so many, btw!) I might just have to join. 🙂

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Please do! This group is only as good as their members, so we need all the awesome people we can get.

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    Rayna
    December 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I tried to join, but it says by invite only! Can you add me? NilPixelCount

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Added as a friend! Also, I made the group open for now, but I may close it again once it fills up.

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    susanpatrick
    December 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hi! I’d like to join, but the group says “Membership By Invite Only”. Can you please add me? Thanks! (I’ve already played The Beginner’s Guide and I have opinions… 😉 )

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I’ve opened up the invites to ‘Public’ for now. Do I have you on Steam?

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    Kerri
    December 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Totally joined the group! <3

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Hurray!! Once of us! One of us!

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    Bizarre Brunette
    December 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I’m so into this!!!! I’m going to be on the look out for when this thing starts

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Yay! I’m so excited to get started. (But also super nervous, eeeeeee)

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    Kendall Ashley
    December 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I can’t wait for this! Sounds so awesome!!!

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Yay! I’m so pleased with the response so far. I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

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    kaycreate
    December 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This sounds so great Mariko! I’ll definitely be joining in…I’ve been debating making a Steam account for awhile now, and this is a great reason to! Gaming is something I’d like to try and make more time for if possible in 2016, and this sounds like a great way to jump start that!

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Yes! I also put “play more games” on my list of resolutions for 2016 and figured this would be a great way to make sure it happens.

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    Erin
    December 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Mariko! This is AWESOME. I just joined on Steam. This is such a good idea!

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      Mariko
      December 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Woohoo! Welcome!

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    Mia
    December 16, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I AM SO READY FOR THIS!! 🙂 It’s seriously such a genius idea!

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      Mariko
      December 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Hehe! I’m so overwhelmed at the response so far. Really feeling the pressure to lead good discussions.

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    Darcie
    December 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I love this idea! I already joined, and I’m super excited to play and discuss with you ladies! I’ll be honest, I’m more of a console gamer, and generally stick to Civilization on Steam, but I love the thought of trying new games. Thank you for the idea and open invitation!

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      Mariko
      December 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Yay! Happy to have you on board!

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    *Mandy* ~ The TRUE U.F.O.
    December 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    This sounds really fun, I’m just really not sure my little Chromebook can handle gaming. 🙁 That makes me sad.

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      Mariko
      December 17, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      I’m making a point of choosing games that aren’t too “big” or graphics heavy, but I’m not really sure what the limitations of the Chromebook are.

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