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Inside the wide world of indie video games

Yes, the video game industry is in turbulent times. But there's also a vast ecosystem of games built by those outside the major studios.
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What it's like to create an indie film during the golden era of indie video games

May 21, 2024
Filmmaker Lisanne Pajot reflects on how the challenges she faced making an indie film mirrored the struggles their subjects faced developing an indie game.
Ed McMillen, one of the developers of Super Meat Boy, takes a break from coding.
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Indie games are a “heart-dominant” business

May 14, 2024
David Brancaccio on the parallels between Super Meat Boy and Picasso’s masterpieces.
Tommy Refenes, one of the developers of Super Meat Boy.
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Play along with us

May 8, 2024
We're watching "Indie Game: The Movie" this month.
Remember what computers used to look like?
Still from "Indie Game"

What happened after baseball integrated

Apr 30, 2024
When the Negro Leagues disbanded, there were winners and losers.
The Newark Eagles won the Negro World Series in 1946. Two years later, the team was sold and relocated to Houston and then to New Orleans. The team folded in 1951.
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The team owner who fought for civil rights

Apr 23, 2024
Effa Manley, owner of the Newark Eagles, firmly believed her team’s success was tied to the ongoing struggle for justice in her community.
Effa Manley mixed business and activism as co-owner of the Newark Eagles, a Negro National League team.
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Negro Leagues barnstorming brought baseball to new places

It's just one of the lasting economic legacies of the professional baseball played in the Negro Leagues in the 20th century.
Teams that played in the Negro Leagues often had no choice but to hit the road and play games all over. They relied on this practice, known as barnstorming, to keep the money coming in. Pictured above: The Newark Eagles in a dugout in 1936.
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For public good, not for profit.

How baseball's Negro Leagues became successful business enterprises

"It was sailing against the tide of oppression," Negro Leagues Baseball Museum co-founder Larry Lester says.
Andrew "Rube" Foster founded the Chicago American Giants, pictured here in 1941. Foster organized the Negro National League, the first league for Black baseball players that survived a whole season.
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At-will employment and creative destruction

Apr 16, 2024
David Brancaccio’s economic lessons from “The League.”
Jackie Robinson in the 1950s.
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