I wonder, is there some sort of time people should wait after a piece of commercial software comes out before it’s polite to steal their idea? Obviously there’s no problem in using other people’s ideas (every game genre or software type is essencially mass stealing of someone’s initial idea), but it doesn’t seem nice to do it immediately after something is published.
Why am I asking all that? Because I bought a very nice game this week, a very creative indie game called Waveform. They invented a mechanic where you control a wave of energy (a sine wave), and your control method is to increase / decrease its frequency and amplitude. Maybe it’s because I’m a math geek, but it’s a really good idea and it works really well.
However – they went for a single-player score-attack kind of game. What I’m thinking – someone really needs to take this idea and turn it into a multiplayer racing game, where you have several waves together, trying to aim themselves at various pickups to make themselves go faster and obstruct their opponents. It’s actually perfect for the free software world because it naturally invites abstract graphics, so artists aren’t necessarily needed. So free software people – do it. But buy Waveform first, they deserve some success for thinking of this idea.
 By the way, all my indie game discoveries are due to TotalBiscuit – the best gaming channel in Youtube, who is doing an amazing service to the indie world. If you like good games, I definitely recommend watching him.
 I’m currently a little busy, but indeed – if you don’t, I’ll do it eventually.