Making ‘indie’ video games gets trickier as industry evolves


              This image provided by Annapurna Interactive shows a frame from the video game Neon White, a campy twist on the first-person shooter genre that involves careening across heaven at breakneck speeds to stop a demon invasion. Drawn in an anime style and with a romantic subplot, it is nominated for "Best Indie" at the Game Awards, an Oscars-like event for the video game industry, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. (Annapurna Interactive via AP)
            
              Neon White co-creator and game director Ben Esposito stands for a photo in Glendale, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Neon White is nominated for "Best Indie" in Thursday's Game Awards, the Oscars of the video game industry. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Neon White co-creator and game director Ben Esposito, right, and co-creator Geneva Hodgson pose for photos in Glendale, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Neon White is nominated for "Best Indie" in Thursday's Game Awards, the Oscars of the video game industry. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Neon White co-creator and game director creator Ben Esposito stands for a photo in Glendale, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Neon White is nominated for "Best Indie" in Thursday's Game Awards, the Oscars of the video game industry. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Neon White co-creator and game director Ben Esposito, left, and co-creator Geneva Hodgson pose for photos in Glendale, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Neon White is nominated for "Best Indie" in Thursday's Game Awards, the Oscars of the video game industry. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Making ‘indie’ video games gets trickier as industry evolves