So I bought some indie games today. The Steam summer sale (where games have 50%+ discounts) gave me a final nudge to make the plunge. I've been considering this for a good few months and it's nice to have finally pulled the trigger.
I haven't bought a game in quite a few years now, and I can't imagine buying a block buster AAA title in the future (I don't even have StarCraft 2!), but there was something about indie games that I couldn't resist (the huge price cuts don't hurt either!).
The best graphics today, with all the light effects and fancy textures honestly hurts my eyes. Now I think it's amazing what the developers are now capable of (we've come a long ways since the FF7 style stubby arms), but for an old geezer like me it's just too much. I'm a bigger fan of 2d sprites or same alternative. I never thought that games needed to be realistic, and feel that oftentimes having limited information can do wonders for a storytelling experience (which is why I prefer books over manga over anime. The less sensory information I have, the more I can use my brain to fill in the holes).
I'm also a fan of clever game design over the best graphics or physics firepower. With less cost overhead to deal with, I feel that indie studios can afford to give me such experiences much more than a AAA studio. When your marketing and development budget is $N million dollars, you understandably can't afford to try now tricks as often.
While I'm not a programmer myself, I generally like programmers and want to support independent developers whenever convenient. If given the choice between buying a megacorp product and a 5 man shop's product, given similar value propositions and it's not overly mission critical for me, I like to think that I am doing good by supporting the little guy. It's good to have options in life, and game developers having a choice over who they work for and what they work on is an appealing idea. To that end I'd be doing a little bit of good for them by throwing a few bucks their way.
I've had these beliefs (especially with respect to small time dev shops) for quite some time, yet never really acted on it (like many Android phone users, I tend to be on the cheap skate side of things). But now that the perfect situation had come up, it was just time for me to put my words into action.
Oh by the way, here are the games I bought. Thanks to @bhelyer for the feedback and suggestions!
Binding of Isaac
Thomas Was Alone
I'm about $12 poorer but feeling great about it!