Explore a breakup through the lonely apartment left in its wake

One of the strangest and most difficult changes that comes with breaking up is the newfound distance between you and the person you’ve shared so much of yourself with. Breaking up doesn’t just replace closeness with separation. Closeness is replaced by a sudden and violent severing, an unbridgeable chasm suddenly appearing between you and this other body—a body that felt as accessible as your own hours or days before. The narrative-driven game a•part•ment, nominated as a 2015 student IGF (Independent Games Festival) finalist a few months back, examines the empty spaces left behind by severed relationships. To coincide with their Kickstarter launch, The…


Robin Arnott: "The indie scene is still almost completely made up of white dudes"

Quoth a white dude in the indie scene. In specific, this was the response that the developer of SoundSelf and Deep Sea gave to the infamous question: “What do you think of the current state of the indie scene?” Well, he thinks its doing okay, besides not living up to the facade of inclusivity: But I’m a white dude. And the Indie Scene is still almost completely made up of white dudes. It’s very difficult to tell if the work we’re doing to be more inclusive is actually working, or more or less just lip service.  And you’re right. We quoted from…


Michael Brough was asked about "indie scene," responds with pull-quote of the millennium

In a recent interview, the always-astute Michael Brough, maker of the outstanding 868-Hack, was asked what he thinks of “the state of the indie scene.” His response was doused in irony, pretty much dispelling the idea of an indie scene, and is the smartest thing I’ve read all day.  Really, it’s kind of paradoxical to talk about a scene defined by independence—how someone’s doing doesn’t have much direct bearing on how anyone else is. Obviously we’re not literally independent (and I don’t think it’s healthy to imagine that we are); we can and do support each other; but it’s people…