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Indie Game: The Movie
Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of video game developers as they create and release their games to the world. The film tells the emotional story of friends Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes, as they craft their first Xbox game: "Super Meat Boy". It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly-anticipated game: "FEZ". After 4 years of working in near solitude, Phil reveals his opus to the public for the first time. And, the film tells the surprising story of one of the highest-rated video games of all time:"Braid". The film is about making video games, but at its core, it's about the creative process, and exposing yourself through your work. In short: Making fun and games is anything but fun and games.
Maybe the best argument against game piracy I've ever seen, Indie Game: The Movie depicts three different independent game developers (all of which are either 1 or 2 people) at various stages of the creative process. One (Jonathan Blow who created 'Braid') after completion and release reflecting on the experience; another (Team Meat, creators of 'Super Meat Boy') at the final stretch as their game preps for release after a long development; and finally Phil Fish, creator of Fez, in the confusing, doubtful center of development.
What is most amazing about Indie Game is that you don't need to be a gamer to get it, or enjoy it. It speaks on a much larger scale about the creative process as…
I fell out of love with gaming almost a decade ago as I became increasingly bored by the bland homogenisation of the titles available. It has only been in the past couple of years that I’ve begun to dip my toe back into a hobby that provided me with so much entertainment and it is thanks to independent and quirky titles, like Limbo and Journey, that I’ve rediscovered the enjoyment of digital play.
Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary that follows the journey of three such games - Super Meatboy, Braid and Fez - as their independent creators battle to get their titles finished on time. Although undoubtedly passionate about the games they are creating all of the contributors…
Part of The December Project: Film #9
I walk the fine line between casual and hardcore gamers. I know more than most casual gamers, but I don't find myself as involved in the world as much as other people do. In fact, over the past year, I've almost completely lost interest in video games to the point where I only play to pass the time, and not out of actual interest. So it comes with no surprise that I'm pretty apathetic towards Indie Game. The Movie.
I will grant the documentary one thing, and it's that it does what all the best documentaries do: It tells a story. Indie Game. The Movie takes a look at the development of two…
The things I've sacrificed are social. You kind of have to give up something to have something great.
As a gamer (casual, hardcore, whatever label I fall under) I found the documentary interesting and highly entertaining. Judging it on it's own as a documentary though, it feels like the filmmakers showed up after all the drama had already happened and the aftermath settled in. We get a lot of talking heads regarding what happened to the 4 developers featured in the doc before any cameras showed up.
They picked developers from 3 games to cover. They represent the past, present and future of independent gaming, but in reality there's only 4 years between the oldest and newest so…
After watching this, I hate Phil Fish slightly less.
An interesting look on the independent video game industry, and especially those who create them.
For a guy like me who have owned every single console there is since the early 90s, this was every (8-)bit as fun and nostalgic as you could have imagined. The movie in itself is not all that special, but the creators more than manage to get their point across in the end.
There's really thousand of work hours behind these games, the few designers (sometimes just more than one or two designers/programmers) and there's no guarantee that the game will be a hit. Basically, independent indie game designers risk both their health, sanity and money creating these games and they deserve a lot of…
Ahora que veo por primera vez a Edmund McMillen me cae genial.
One of my favorite documentaries...
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
I honestly didn't see why everyone was so hateful towards Phil Fish until I realized while watching this that he's that walking stereotype of French Canadians that you always hear about but don't actually seem to exist. Well, exactly one exists for sure, just Phil Fish.
The Team Meat guys are great and deserve a hug.
Jonathan Blow seems legitimately nice but also looks and acts exactly like an alien trying to fit in with humans.
Most importantly though, after Video Games: The Movie ruined the documentary as an art form, this comes off like a Werner Herzog doc.
Un juego es la mayor expresión de arte y, sobre todo, es interactivo.
Crear un mundo, una historia, personajes y personalidades y la música que acompañara la travesía del jugador y los personajes es más complejo de lo que parece.
Indie Game nos cuenta la historia de 3 programadores y la creación de sus video juegos.
Anoche vi por recomendación de Patricia y Raúl el documental Indie Game: The movie, el cual también os recomiendo, que trata sobre un grupo de programadores de videojuegos al margen de la industria, que trabajan en sus proyectos por años. Desde la concepción hasta la comercialización. Grupos de trabajo que pueden limitarse de 1 a 3 personas. Mientras lo veía, y pese a que los que se muestran son casos exitosos siempre se ve como algo marginal el dedicarse a ello…, me entró la morriña, porque aquí uno también programó juegos en su día.
Todo comenzó con Asesinato en la casa de Gran Hermano allá en el ...more
Esperaba algo más de un documental que no está orientado al público general sino al nicho (cada vez más amplio) de jugadores y desarrolladores de Lo Indie. Lo que sí que es una pena es que desde el principio te cuenten cómo termina la historia… intentando crear, durante el resto del metraje, un suspense inexistente. Tiene, eso sí, dos momentos bastante memorables protagonizados por Phil Fish: toda la trama del abogado y la presentación en el PAX East 2011 con sus bugs de rigor. THUMBS DOWN.
It's been approximately two years since I've last seen this, and I enjoyed it even more than I did the first time. So many emotional moments happen over the course of the two main storylines, and I could feel the stress and pain of all the developers involved. Fish's story really struck me the first viewing, but knowing what I know now about his controversy kind of changed my views. I was more invested in Tommy and Edmund's story, and Tommy's emotions still resonated with me, as I feel a lot of the same ways. I'm glad I got to see it again, especially now that I've played both SMB and Fez, because now I could really connect.
The Super Meat Boy story got me the most.
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