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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.
A great doc that focuses on three independent video games: Braid, Super Meat Boy and Fez. A shame it didn't give a little background on indie games but keep watching for some demo game play of several games in the credits.
that sure is a lot of white dudes in a movie about a diverse industry.
Part of my problem with Indie Game: The Movie is that its lead characters – two pairs of “indie” game designers and programmers – simply aren't appealing as leads. They're egotistical and anti-social, as we might expect based on preconceived stereotypes. They are not geniuses, however much they may think they are, so we're stuck with only moderately intelligent, rude and unattractive men talking about how angry and brilliant they are.
I'm a casual gamer, and have casually gamed many of the games these men talk about and even designed. So it's a topic that initially interested me and I was actually looking forward to an “inner look” at the world of modern game production. Instead I'm left with two…
Very well produced and lovingly constructed, but Indie Game sort of feels limited to the DLC set. On the one hand it's very refreshing to see it taken for granted that video games are an art form, a true creative medium. On the other, the film seems to take the importance of gaming, what it gives people, for granted, too. By focusing on three of the most successful indie games to date - Braid, Fez, and Super Meat Boy - specifically as the passion projects of their developers, Indie Game locks itself into telling a story of personal stakes and sacrifices. And yet, it's also trying to explain what indie gaming even is to the general audience. This is, more…
From my research on this movie it seems like the (small) criticism it gets is that it seems to be focus on a subculture, and made for that subculture of gamers. See, I felt differently. Though I am a gamer, I identified with these game makers because they had a human spirit that can be found in all people. They have a passion just like everyone else; this passion just happens to be gaming.
I had never heard of these guys before or their games (I've beer been much into indie games (until now)). But I immediately identified with their drive to succeed which transcends gaming and that's where this film highly succeeds. It makes you sick to your stomach…
This movie will STRESS you out. Thankfully, it minimizes the amount of screen time Jonathan Blow-hard gets. That guy would literally have sex with himself if he could.
Muy bien todo. Emotivo.
Es algo especial, se trata de un documental para gente muy concreta que admira los videojuegos desde un punto de vista mas profundo, desde su inicio.
Se muestran desde muy cerca los últimos meses de las personas que crearon tres juegos antes de su lanzamiento.
Live screening with Ed and Tommy was great. Just hearing them ramble is amusing.
Watched the Special Edition version. It's truly worth it if you're curious about what happens next in the film, tons of extra material. I'm really happy I got it.
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