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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 an 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…
After watching this, I hate Phil Fish slightly less.
Indie Game The Movie is a must see for video game addicts that is a love letter to video games. Its heartfelt, painfully honest and rich in its own sense. And its also a film that inspires you to do something your good at and make that dream come true. I dont imagine people not liking this film.
Me ha gustado esta mirada intimista a un mundo tan desconocido para mi. Eso sí, están un poco chalados.
I'm not a gamer, though I am relatively familiar with Super Meat Boy and Fez. Indie Game: The Movie documents the development of these games.
I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this much, as my interest in video games is limited at best. However, by the end I found myself fully invested in the three developers the game follows. It's genuinely heartwarming to watch the hard work of the two men who created Super Meat Boy pay off, and their subsequent overwhelming happiness.
However, the most interesting personality is Phil Fish, sole developer of Fez. It's difficult to watch a man who appears so depressed, broken under the pressure he's placed on himself to complete his game for…
Alright, but would've preferred a wider survey of the indie scene--there's far more to it than Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, and Ed McMillen. By focusing on indie blockbusters it inadvertently reproduces and imports the rhetoric of the AAA-games industry into indie gaming which I find problematic.
Very inspiring and insightful into these game developers and designers. Really makes me value the games they made even more.
This movie allowed me to go through my entire range of emotions, from very exciting and fun to sad and tragic. Truly a very valuable piece of art that I would encourage everyone to watch.
I really liked the feel of this documentary and it was an interesting insight into the life of game designers. I also really want to play Fez now! But two of the guys really annoyed me which took enjoyment out of it.
PS. Halo Reach is ace :P
Somewhat interesting stories about the developers and the games they are making but the film documentary format doesn't really add anything to the mix. This could have easily been a few different blog entries and been just as enjoyable.
Such films are always special for someone who studies software in his day time.
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