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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…
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…
A gentle, beautiful and intense journey of two indie games working toward release. Indie Game captures the essence of working on a big project with a small team for a long time, and the creeping fear that you're shit.
The documentary makers do an outstanding job of letting the subjects tell their story. Shying away from milking their drama or setting up conflict, yet still capturing high highs and low lows. The documentary makers are never on screen and speak once or twice in the whole film.
The production values are high. Super Meat Boy is visceral, and Fez looks delightful. Come to iOS boys.
A fascinating and surprisingly enthralling look into the lives of the many trials of independent game developers. I must watch for anyone who has or is playing the games featured in the film, as well as just fans of gaming in general. A very well-crafted documentary.
Although Indie Game: The Movie starts by foreshadowing a game release gone wrong and often reminds the viewer of the number of days to release, it doesn't lean too heavily on this conventional ticking-clock formula. Instead, it allows plenty of time to get to know some fanatical creative characters asserting a distinct personal voice in this burgeoning medium, elevating the film above your average Netflix doc-schlock.
Great insight into the difficult process of developing an indie game in the current market. Great personal stories.
i had to watch this more a class but honestly i thought it was super interesting
Editing reminds me of CATFISH. Very interesting characters, lots of emotion, interesting premise.
Amazing documentary about makers of indie games, and hell they went through to bring theirs games to life.
Some very interesting and quirky bunch of guys.
Maybe I was so amazed by this documentary, because I watched it shortly after I finished Super Meat Boy (one of three indie games that are featured in this documentary).
Very informative. It's always great to see people so passionate about what they do. Definitely gonna check out some of these games!
The cinematography is a bit of an overkill, like -- look mommy, I've got sliders. That aside, I did enjoy the movie a lot.
Tegnap egy beszélgetés során szóba került ez a doku és rájöttem, hogy mennyire mély nyomott hagyott bennem a filmben szereplő fejlesztőknek az elszántsága és kanosszajárása.
Még a videojátékok iránt kevésbé érdeklődőknek is ajánlom, mert sokkal közelebb hozza a mindennapi emberhez is ezeket az elvetemült de zseniális nerdöket.
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With such a diverse community on here it would be interesting to see what you all get up to when…