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Indie Gaming Gets A Mag

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the power-to-the-people dept.


bear pimp writes "Indie gaming mecca Game Tunnel has announced 'Game Tunnel Magazine', a quarterly journey into the world of indie games. Game Tunnel Magazine has everything you'd expect from a print gaming publication but with an indie-centric focus. In particular, the well-researched previews section of upcoming indie games is something that to my knowledge no other site has ever done. Issue 1 of GTMag is available for free as a downloadable ezine in PDF format"

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gametunnel mag -- looks good (1)

Nossie (753694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16027757)

looks very very good too!! had a quick peek and I'm astounded not only by the mag but the amount of good looking playable games I'd never heard of before!

great kudos to gametunnel !!

Worthwhile? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16027790)

Like punk music from back in the day independent games can sometimes be a little raw, but it's always a worthwhile experience.

I didn't realize that indie games were the repetitive, noisy, nasal pitched whining of the game industry. Next!

Re:Worthwhile? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16028028)

Yeah, so much better just to crank up the soft favorites. Enthusiasm is lame.

Bravo! (3, Insightful)

uberphear (984901) | more than 7 years ago | (#16027856)

This is exactly what independent developers have been wishing for, and as the editor says, it has been a long time coming. Personally, I've almost totally abandoned games by major developers, and gone with indie games instead. They tend to have more replayability, cost less and are all in all more enjoyable. I can't remember the last time I looked through the reviews section of a magazine and wanted to try or buy EVERY game listed in it. That's what this magazine did; it almost makes me want to re-read the Scratchware Manifesto [] again. No more scouring Google for new and exciting indie games. Hooray for Game Tunnel!
Direct link to the publication [] for the lazier among us.

Good Idea?? (4, Interesting)

DaWeaves98 (998918) | more than 7 years ago | (#16027910)

While I'm sure that it will get their games out to other sources, is it really going to expand their business all that much? Most independent games that turn out to be well made and moderately successful get coverage in the mainstream gaming media. Those games that are poorly made and don't have much buzz behind them might not get noticed, but it's quite possible that they don't warrent getting noticed. Look at games like Alien Hominid, it was a small flash game that caught on with people, it started to get coverage in main stream gaming press and eventually it was picked up and made into a console game. Additionally, what about the games from the big guys that get great acclaim and are amazing games, but get overlooked by the gaming public? There are lots of great games that aren't epic like Halo or Madden, so they get little or no press, but the small amount of press they do get is largely positive. Independent games just like independent movies have their niche in the grand scheme of gaming, but I don't think that this magazine is going to be seen by those unless they are seeking it out, and chances are those are already the people playing the games.

Re:Good Idea?? (5, Insightful)

soniCron88 (870042) | more than 7 years ago | (#16027947)

While I agree with your general sentiment, your argument is flawed. Alien Hominid, for example, was a financial failure, regardless of the Flash game's popularity. Additionally, being heavily involved in the independent game community, I've seen case after case of truly excellent indie games overlooked by the mainstream media, despite their quality and financial successes. It's a shame, but the mainstream media don't recognize the truly wide scope of indie gaming and only occasionally adopt a rare few as though they were the darlings of the indie community. Fortunate for the lucky few, yes, but only representative of the truly stellar titles coming out every month and below the radar.

So What? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16027911)

It's just a copy/paste of random articles from their website. And it's not even in print! How is this newsworthy?

Re:So What? (4, Insightful)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 7 years ago | (#16029044)

Who reads the whole of any website?

If I buy a magazine, I tend to do a three or four pass approach:

  1. Pick out the articles that interest me from the contents page and read
  2. flick through the mag and read any articles that catch my eye
  3. go through the mag, start to finish, reading any articles that I haven't read.
  4. In that way, I read the whole mag, and quite often it's the articles that I didn't think were interesting that present something truly new.

    However, websites are big, and structured to help you find what you're looking for. Your average browser is looking for something when he goes onto the website -- he only does pass one, using the site index. He never gets to those bits he didn't think would be interesting and as such discovers nothing new.

    Putting a magazine together, even if not a paper one, means editorial decisions and space considerations that websites just don't apply otherwise. (Although they could.)


Re:So What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16031008)

What you describe can be accomplished by simply organizing a list of links to the relevant articles. This avoids the whole silly PDF on the Web thing...

Re:So What? (2, Insightful)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 7 years ago | (#16037293)

What you describe can be accomplished by simply organizing a list of links to the relevant articles.

No, not at all. You don't "flick through" a list of links. If they put an order to the articles and had "next" and "previous" links then you could almost do it, but my point was not what people could -- it's what people would do. And they won't read an entire web issue. Humans don't think (or act) logically, they think psychologically.

This avoids the whole silly PDF on the Web thing...

You haven't read the editorial, have you. They have a website, but they want to make a magazine. They are running this PDF thing as a print-out-at-home magazine while they pilot the concept. I believe they hope one day to have a real magazine sold on real paper to real people. There are a number of notable flaws in the first issue that would have killed a print magazine stone-dead. This way they'll get feedback from people like me and they'll be able to iron out the creases before heading to the print-shop. HAL.

Re:So What? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#16037101)

Are you seriously saying that anything is STOPPING you from reading the website like the magazine? The only time I read a magazine from cover to cover is when I'm on the john and haven't got a lot else to do. If I'm at the computer, I'd not going to bother reading a PDF magazine cover to cover, and I certainly won't both to try to use the index to find articles. It's SUCH a pain in the ass that I gave up on that long ago unless I REALLY needed to find that article.

Simply read the website like you'd read a magazine and be happy.

Well (3, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 7 years ago | (#16028072)

I'm all for more gaming magazines, not mainly because I will read them, but because I support competition for the mainstream magazines of today that have their content dominated by their advertisers. Although I have to say, they had an advantage with low costs from running a website and the growing prominance of websites across the world, why are they taking a step backwards into a declining market? It seems like a better idea to put funding into improving and marketing for their web side of things.

Free? (1)

TheSeer2 (949925) | more than 7 years ago | (#16028104)

I'm all for indy games, but where are my beloved free indy games? :)

Re:Free? (1)

nickthisname (630860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16028429)

Try clicking on the tab labled "Free Game Downloads"

LOL 10 comments (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16028745)

Looks like nobody cares about indie games

Xbox 360 own this hell suuckaaaaz

Indie Gaming Gets A Mag (-1, Flamebait)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16028965)

Presumably it's badly put together, derivative and ultimately unrewarding...

Platform? (2, Interesting)

joeljkp (254783) | more than 7 years ago | (#16029948)

I wish they'd clearly state which platforms each game supports. It seems to me that the indie gaming scene would be a bit more friendly toward Linux and Mac, so I was hoping to get a couple good Linux game tips in there.

innovations? (2, Informative)

uncle lag (731839) | more than 7 years ago | (#16050697)

i am really sorry, but didn't you all miss something?

for a long time there's "the gamer's quarter" zine in both pdf and hard-copy formats. recently they even launched a podcast. the tgq mag is really good, i just love it. and it's more about free-indie-games, not the pseudo-indie-pop-underselling-games. for the gtmag i'd rather be happy if tigsource had launched a zine..
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