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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The video game business is hoping streaming games from the cloud will attract new players

Oct 13, 2023
A $15-a-month subscription may be more attractive than dropping $500 on a console.
Cloud gaming sales hit about $5 billion last year, compared to about $35 billion for console games.
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Older gamers say the industry doesn't design with them in mind

Jul 6, 2023
A quarter of video gamers in the U.S. are over 50, according to the AARP.
Some gaming companies think the 50 and up age group is only interested in brain health games, but narrative games are actually quite popular with older adults, according to one researcher.
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Brick-and-mortar casinos set another quarterly revenue record

May 18, 2023
Sports wagering revenue is also up 70%, a sign of the gambling industry's strength.
The roulette wheel spins at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The gambling industry raked in record profits last quarter, according to new data.
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Indigenous creatives are blazing trails in the gaming industry

Apr 21, 2023
Native game creators are building alternate realities where their cultures are centered and respected. But the projects still need funding.
A screenshot from Achimostawinan Games' website in April. Studios like Achimostawinan are creating interactive narratives in which Native characters aren’t defined by their relationship to colonization or genocide. 
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Gaming sales top a record $120 billion in 2019

Jan 3, 2020
The industry is growing its audience and finding new ways to monetize games.
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The gaming industry's rise to the top

Nov 9, 2017
A listener (kind of) stumped Molly with this question on Make Me Smart's Explainathon.
Gamers test 'Destiny 2' at the Sony PlayStation exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Reality gaming meets business team building

Dec 24, 2015
Co-workers have to crack a riddle or solve a problem together.

Call of Duty loves Candy Crush

Nov 3, 2015
At least, enough to spend almost $6 billion to buy the game's maker.

Game over for Hollywood video game tie-ins

Jul 24, 2015
Hollywood's many failed video game tie-ins are more about marketing than gaming.