As part of the latest Steam sale, I picked up a couple of the indie game packs. This has been a good reminder that “indie” is in no way synonymous with “good,” “fun,” or even “worth the $2.” Major publisher filters may lead to pap, but at least they take a first pass at filtering out the 90% crud.

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
— Carl Sagan

: Zubon

The Steam event also gives them a chance to exemplify my recurring theme of “don’t make achievements that reward people for seeking out the worst parts of your game.”

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  1. Which games earned your ire, Zubon? I’ve picked up a fair number of games from recent bundles and Steam sales and have been satisfied 80% of the time. But, there have been a few that don’t live up to their hype for me; I tend to believe this is a matter of personal taste rather than a global pronouncement, though.

    1. Recently tried crap: Bunch of Heroes, Dungeons of Dredmor, Swords and Soldiers. Some of the others haven’t look promising enough to install.

      1. A friend got a Bunch of Heroes multi-pack and gave me a copy. Gotta agree there, not a good game. Haven’t played Swords and Soldiers, but it looked like countless Flash games I’ve played so I’ve given it a pass.

        But, Dungeons of Dredmor? I’ve been nearly obsessed by that game. (Steam says 36 hours in just over a week.) After doing a bit of research about the power sets, I picked a fun set for my style. Maybe the character creation is throwing you?

        If so, try this setup: Crossbows, Artful Dodging, Golemancy, Perception, Burglary, Assassination, Tinkering. Focus on getting a good crossbow and make bolts with the metal you find. You’ll get good trap skills and the ability to create lock picks gets you more stuff. Get the Golemancy pets (mustache golem, mortal machine) for some additional survival and tanking.

        The other part that might turn you off is inventory management. I was always hauling around a lot of crap. But, then again, I enjoy inventory management games for whatever strange reason.

  2. My pick for “Indie Game That’s Not Worth the $2”: Blocks That Matter, which is marketed as a puzzle game but is in actuality an excuse to fellate indie game developers masquerading as a game. If the game has any redeeming value it’s quickly buried under piles and piles of indie circle-jerking.

    Just search for the intro on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean.

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