There’s many different answers to question “what being indie developer means to you?”
Some guys say that being indie means “developing your own ideas”. Some people suggest that it’s “financial Independence” or “not having a publisher”. I recall somebody answering “incredible waste of time” (that sounds pretty accurate…).
But now I think I finally got it. I know now what indie developer or indie team is, and how it’s defined.
The definition of indie developer is:
“Indie team has only one programmer.”
I think that’s what indies are. Solo developers. Doing their own stuff. Perhaps collaborating with other non-programmers (who can thus be integral part of “indie team”) and possibly outsourcing asset creation.
But eventually it boils down to this:
Just one developer doing the programming. (Maybe occasionally getting few selected tasks done by some other programmer, but that’s gray area then). If there’s more programmers, then it’s something else – something non-indie anyway. Indie are solos with their own vision, thus bunch of indies makes “group of people who argue a lot”.
Now you can argue with me. Post your comment.