When does a small indie company become a big-budget development studio? There’s some gray area on what really counts as an indie game, so this week, we played Dauntless, developed by Phoenix Labs and published by Epic Games, to determine whether it could truly be considered “indie.” At least, that was our plan, but for reasons which are beyond our comprehension, Nerfwire did not receive a review copy of Dauntless. So instead, this article is about why the Windows 10 Calendar app receives full points as a quirky indie game, and if you disagree, you’re wrong.
We realize this may sound a bit farfetched, but consider that the Calendar app has everything you would expect from a video game. The objective is to organize your life. Events are like XP, kind of like the XP you would generate in Dauntless, developed by Phoenix Labs and published by Epic Games. As you add more events to your calendar, you can see your mastery over the game’s system grow and progress. You don’t even need to actually visit the events on your calendar to earn points, although you probably should. That’s where the game has built-in cheater protection: you can rack up your score by adding a ton of events you don’t plan on attending, but then your calendar is cluttered and unusable. Are you with us so far?
We got a key for Monster Hunter: World. They emailed us.
“But the Calendar app was created by Microsoft, the antithesis of an indie company,” we hear you cry. It’s a similar situation to Dauntless, which is the first and only game produced by Phoenix Labs, yet is being published by difficult-to-get-in-contact-with AAA company Epic Games—but again, that’s not really something we’re able to touch on right now, maybe because we’re not on Twitch or something. Anyway, if you look closely, you’ll see that Microsoft first released the Calendar app with Windows 1.0 in 1985. At that time, Microsoft was hardly the tech giant we know today. The Windows 10 edition, which supports synchronization with Outlook, Google Calendar, and iCalendar, is simply a more polished version of a timeless indie classic. Unlike Dauntless, which is a stupid fucking game anyway.
Furthermore, if you dial in your microscopes even further, you’ll realize that the Windows Calendar app is actually just a digitalization of the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Now, one may argue that, as the Pope of the Catholic Church, the man born as Ugo Boncompagni shared many more similarities with a modern CEO than with an indie dev working out of a garage. However, we would like to point out that the former bishop of Vieste had never even heard of a videogame (such as Monster Hunter: World, for example). What’s more indie than that? We rest our case.
We have just been informed that Dauntless is free to play, but we’ve gotten this far, so tune in next week to find out how the Calculator app is an MMORPG.
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