Notch says EA is ruining gaming
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson decided to speak out regarding EA's recently released Indie Bundle. According to Notch, indie games are really helping out the gaming industry, while EA isn't. In fact, he went on to say that the company was actually more of a hindrance to gaming.
"EA releases an 'indie bundle'?" tweeted Notch. "That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards. For what it's worth, I don't even call Mojang inde any more. Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie."
He then went on to make a strong statement, saying "Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it."
While the games listed in EA's Indie Bundle are certainly developed by smaller independent studios, there's no denying that EA has created a bad reputation for itself. The publisher hasn't done much to make itself look good in recent memory, and it has gone on to become one of the most criticized video game companies around.
But while most other sites are stopping their stories there, I would like to continue and discuss some very interesting words by Anna Anthropy, the developer behind the amazing Mighty Jill Off. "Notch took a break from snorting powdered diamonds off of hundred dollars bills to tell the people in the ea indie bundle they're not indie," tweeted Anthropy. "Indie indie indie indie indie indie there, it's over, we don't need to care about this word anymore."
While I certainly won't stop using the word "indie" when discussing independent game devs, it is certainly true that a lot of individuals are split regarding which games are actually indie. If a game like Fez is funded by Microsoft, does that mean it's not indie? What about Cave Story, which has gone on to garner mainstream critical acclaim despite starting off as a freeware title? This is certainly something to think about, and hell, I smell an editorial brewin'!
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