What is with the Indie Developer Hate?

How did you get that wolf up there?

I have noticed an interesting trend in the MMORPG.com forums. People are posting that they just don’t believe independent developers can build successful MMO’s. Some of these posters are stating that if the big names can’t pull it off, how will the little guys be able to make it?

For what it’s worth I feel like Independent Developers bring a lot to the table. They usually have some fresh ideas on game play that perhaps games with investors can’t take a risk on developing.

So I’m putting this out there for the general community to postulate, ponder, blog about, rant about, what have you. Do you feel that there is a place for Independent MMO developers? Do you think they add to the genre?

I’d love to hear what anyone has to say on either side of the argument.