It’s quite difficult to define indie game developer, since there’s no black or white answers in saying who is a real indie, and who isn’t.
For this, I’ve prepared a test to determine how indie you are, and this is the version 1. You guys need to help me get version 2 online. The test consists of several statements. Answer either “yes” or “no” and count how many “yes” answers you get. This determines your score.
Version 1: How indie are you test
Notice: if you cannot see the test, please visit gameproducer.net to take the test.
- I do the gameplay design for my game
- I write the story for my game
- I do the game art by myself
- I do the game sounds by myself
- I do the music for my game
- I program my game code alone
- I’m in charge of my project
- I fund my game development by myself without external investors/publishers/3rd parties (spouse does not count as 3rd party)
- My game generates income mainly through my own website (not from 3rd party portal/distributor)
In the test results, the programming is weighted 2 times more important than others, and if you have comments on this, feel free to mention. I’ve always felt that programming is the biggest task there is in completing the game. I’ve also left out any “project management” type of things, but kept the “I’m in charge/leading the project”. When working solo, you are in charge of the project. Maybe we have that in version 2, but now left this out.
I’m also thinking if purchasing art/music/sounds from common libraries should be okay. Now I’ve made it so that you need to do all that stuff on your own.
I also deliberately left “I’ve made my own engine” since I really believe indie game developers and (solo) engine developers are two totally different things. (Some game engine creation is most likely needed in any project, but I don’t think indies should think about creating their own rendering engines or that sort of stuff). Feel free to disagree with me.
If you have some things that should be added, please feel free to tell ‘em.
Bring any suggestions… and of course let us know your score.