In the face of lack of government support for the games industry in the UK, Cliff Harris - he of Gratuitous Space Battles among other titles fame - has got off his backside and, with several other independent developers, created an Indie Dev Portal called Showmethegames.com. You should support it.Cliff's written a blog post about it here
that gives you an idea what's going on.
"Now I know what you are thinking, 'Why havenít I heard about it then?' isnít it usual form for me to go on a publicity blitz? When am I going to punch Keith Vaz on live TV? The whole point of SMTG was to prove 2 basic concepts:
"You can get almost 20 indie game developers to co-operate, and actually pay money into a mutual project
You can make advertising work for indie developers, it we club together. (this is why we tested it as an ad-driven site at first)
"I think SMTG proves both, but youíd have to ask each contributor if its working to get an unbiased view. Basically, we have been running google ads that point to that page, on the basis that if you see an ad for defcon, come to SMTG, you might try out defcon, but you might also like GSB
, or Smugglers IV
or Castle VoxÖ That way, itís like having the advertising and catalog clout of a portal, yet we all still independent, all taking 100% of the sale price. The site is php and randomises the order of the games, so nobody has a better slot than anyone else.
"I think there is some future in SMTG. We might start running competitions to win games, or have discount bundles of our stuff, or post up interviews and previews of new games. I just donít know yet. So far, itís just an experiment. One decent outcome from it so far is this:
"If you are trying to explain to someone what an indie game is, you no longer have to point them at a single example or wave your arms saying 'Stuff like World of Goo'. Just point them to showmethegames.com
, it has a whole bunch of the best indie games I could find. If you can find it in your heart to tweet a link to the site, hashtag #smtg, that would be awesome."
As we say, go to showmethegames.com