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The indie influence

Independent video games are diverging from themes and protagonists of traditional blockbusters, which, in turn, are adopting some of their innovative ideas. A look at some recent and upcoming titles from independent publishers and how they differ from big publishers’ launches.

The indie influence
Papo & Yo

Minority Media Inc

Papers, Please

Lucas Pope

Gone Home

The Fullbright Co.

Thralled

Independent

BIG PUBLISHER LAUNCHES
Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Infinity Ward

The Last Of Us

Naughty Dog

INDEPENDENT TITLES

Papo & Yo

Plot: A young Brazilian boy discovers a monster inhabiting a dreamy South American town while hiding from his alcoholic father.

Protagonist: Quico, the boy, must learn to control his fears while tiptoeing around characters with unpredictable, addictive personalities.

Papers, Please

Plot: Serve a fictional Eastern Bloc country—and make enough money to provide for your family—by manning a border checkpoint.

Protagonist: An overworked, underpaid border officer who must be an expedient perfectionist to keep his family from poverty.

Gone Home

Plot: A young woman returns home after time abroad only to discover a house devoid of people but full of secrets.

Protagonist: The teenaged romance of Sam and Lonnie is the heart of this understated game of discovery.

Thralled

Plot: An escaped slave searches for her missing child in a surreal take on 18th century Brazil.

Protagonist: Isaura, the runaway slave, is burdened with a slouch and tormented by the memories she endured in captivity.

BIG PUBLISHER LAUNCHES

Grand Theft Auto V

Plot: Three criminals join together to perform heists in a fictional open world inspired by Los Angeles.

Protagonists: Michael, Franklin and Trevor—three men from different backgrounds who share a love of violence, crime and women.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Plot: What’s left of a U.S. special forces team conducts clandestine missions behind enemy lines in an alternate future.

Protagonists: An elite team of super-secret soldiers (the “ghosts”) who are as adept at shooting guns in space as they are underwater.

The Last Of Us

Plot: A seemingly cureless infection has turned humans into zombie-like creatures. Only the rugged survive.

 Protagonist: Joel, a hardened middle-aged man who begrudgingly forms a father-like connection with the teenage girl he must protect.