Academia, amirite? A question asked at Indiecade 2013(sponsored by Sony and Nintendo) seemed to be what role it has for indies in general. Frank Lantz(NYU) and Chris Hecker(Spy Party) debated whether game school is worth it. More directly, Colleen Macklin(New School) hosted an audience discussion “on the indie community and academia” , from which I stole the title. And this is far from the first time I’ve heard these discussions, from both indies and academics. So what are the issues with games academia? Why should indies/academics care?