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Website: Indie Game Magazine
The long-term goal of The Indie Game Magazine is to encourage and prosper the Indie Community through kindness, generosity and peaceful giving without expectation of receiving.
from the IGM mission statement

Indie Game Magazine is an online publication dedicated to reviewing and promoting indie games and their developers.

IGM (not to be confused with IGN 64) presents industry news, hosts a forum for gamers and developers to interact, and has a special section where gamers can try independent games at no charge. Developers are encouraged to send in demo videos, trailers, and information regarding their upcoming games. IGM displays game trailers on their YouTube channel, where original content is expected to be produced in the near future. A retro gaming section looks back at older indie games.

The official magazine itself launched on April 1, 2014, with expectations to run monthly. A digital publication, the magazine is viewable to buyers and subscribers via a special section of the website. Daily website updates include game reviews, previews, and links to fundraisers; the monthly magazine includes developer interviewers, special news, lengthy reviews and various exclusive content.

On Thursday evenings, the site uses their social networks to host a trivia contest. Winners receive free promotional codes donated by participating game developers. Throughout the week, developers and gamers alike are encouraged to chat in the newly-opened social lounge, including discussion of the 'Question of the Day.'

The site includes examples of:

  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title makes it fairly clear what the site covers.
  • Most Gamers Are Male/Most Writers Are Male: In the "About Our Audience" section of the 'About' page, the staff notes that demographic research indicates that their chief audience is "generally represented by males, aged 18-35, some college and always cool." The demographic of the actual writing staff also reflects this, with the men outnumbering the women.
  • Multi-Platform: Most of the games promoted fall into this, with a particular emphasis on mobile games.
  • Nice Guy: As the page quote indicates, the IGM team wants to be Nice Guys of Video Game Culture.
  • Review: IGM game reviews focus on four particular points - graphics, gameplay, sound, and replayability. Each category is given a score between one and ten, with the game's final score being an average of these.
  • Video Review Show: What is expected to eventually appear on the YouTube channel, among other things.

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