image Speaking of games, you can expect game production to start to attract the attention of musicians and web publishers. Whereas a few short years ago, targeting musicians might mean dangling rock club gigs or album sales, now a lot of those same music makers want to break into gaming, too.

Kongregate is a bit like public access, only on steroids and for games. The idea is this: get indie game makers in one place contributing games, then get lots of people playing those games, then support the system with ad revenue shared with the game makers. The model has grown rapidly, with millions of users and over 15,000 original games.

The newest project from Kongregate looks to connect artistic talent on projects, including musicians, composers, and sound designers wanting to work on game projects. The Collabs section will see artists and sound and music creators uploading their work to find collaborators. Initially, there’s a contest on, with competition for attention, cash, and studio prizes.

http://www.kongregate.com/collabs

The competition aside, this could be the beginning of a successful community for collaboration in the indie Flash gaming world. Assets are often uploaded under a Creative Commons license, and I see one of the top sounds draws on samples from Freesound.org. While career success is an obvious goal, the contributors so far appear to see sharing as a way to get there – in stark contrast to the model in the mainstream, big-business game industry. Quality is, of course, variable, but ask anyone in the game industry how to become successful and the answer is always make as much as you can. Getting work out there, even primitive, can be part of a learning process. So I’m eager to see what transpires as these kinds of communities grow.

There is an invariable comparison to Deviant Art – and you’ll see they’ve already begun to invade.

Oh yeah, and I quite like these glassy tendrils, rendered in Cinema 4D. Image (CC) Chaodeath. Now, make that run real-time. Or, erm, imagine those are virtual renderings of artists … collaborating.

  • dirk

    Excellent link. Such a bad music day. couldn't seem to get anything done but having had a browse through some of the music, I'm inspired.

    Thanks Peter. :)

  • SiUnit

    Woah, metaphorical!

    Resources like this are awesome. Digital media is at a point of convergence, and its great to see sites encouraging cross platform collaboration. I think I have just lost all of my Tuesday =D

    Thanks!

  • http://bobbyquine.edicypages.com BobbyQuine

    This is a great resource Pete. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.keyofgrey.com KeyOfGrey

    This is a very cool resource. I wonder how many collaborations get started there

  • contakt

    I wonder how many get finished :)

    In all seriousness, this is super cool and very exciting. The indie game dev scene is really developing and it looks this may be another good step forward.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @contakt: Finished? Well, I'm still waiting on Duke Nukem Forever after, what, a decade? ;)

  • contakt

    @ Peter: You hear about the lawsuit? It's pretty comical.

    One thing I noticed about Kongregate, that I remember from GarageGames is that there are a lot of people who want to make games who have literally none of the skills posting. The reality is, doing games on a budget NEARLY necessitates possessing at least one of the two skills (art or programming) because you require the manhours to get it done and everyone fancies themselves as a game designer (the folks that actually come up with the concept).

    Not saying this to dissuade anyone or taking anything away from this story b/c truly it's awesome.

    My unasked advice for anyone going down this path: make sure the projects you get involved in have a programmer on board and preferably as the project leader as they set the pace and are MOST necessary for completion.

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