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.Indie Game Magazine
— from the IGM mission statement
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.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; readers may subscribe to the publication either on Joomag or Magzter, and print copies of each issue are also available for purchase.
On weekends, the site features "Screenshot Weekly," showcasing screenshots of up-and-coming indie games. Throughout the week, developers and gamers alike are encouraged to chat in the site's 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, for better or worse; there are currently roughly a dozen staff writers, only four of whom are 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. However, in late 2014 the writers stopped including scores in their reviews.