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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…
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.
After watching this, I hate Phil Fish slightly less.
Not great. As a look behind the scenes of indie game development - specifically the crunch period when everything should be coming together, but quite often is falling apart - the film does exactly what it sets out to.
However, I think a documentary should at least be compelling, and if possible, enjoyable. I didn't find Indie Game to be either of these things. And it suffers badly when compared to a stablemate like The King of Kong, which has a far stronger - if partially manufactured - narrative.
I've played, and very much enjoyed, most of the games featured here. But it turns out spending time with those talented individuals was not for me. More power to the makers of this doc - I hope I'll enjoy their next feature more.
A well made and seemingly accurate portrayal of the kind of people that get into video games. It reminded me that the medium is full of people who want to tell stories but choose a platform that is still young and developing.
Ver las vivencias de los creadores de los juegos que tienes y has jugado rompe una de esas barreras sociales que nos ponemos de forma inconsciente y nos hace olvidar que, detrás de toda obra, hay personas que no se alejan mucho de uno mismo.
En el mundo de los videojuegos independientes, la rotura de esa barrera provoca un sucedáneo de conexión, un acercamiento hacia alguien que dejó a un lado el rol de jugador para convertirse en el de creador y retroalimentar el círculo generacional de los jugadores.
Sigo convencido en que estamos viviendo la época dorada (no sólo en España) del videojuego de los ochenta, solo que ahora tenemos internet ahí para compartir o distribuir las experiencias propias…
I value the effort of game developers, and watching this made me admire them even more now. A bit too rushed at the end, but the message of the documentary was made, videogames can be absolute to many people, in so many different ways. And not with only games, but with stuff you like in general, a bit of passion makes your life worth it.
Los programadores indie necesitan un abrazo.
Y una sesión de psicoterapia.
Y comida para gato
Indie Game is an interesting little documentary that just doesn't pack enough of a punch to be super. It's not that it doesn't have some interesting things to show us. Through the film we basically follow 3 game developers, who discuss the trials and tribulations of trying to make a game without the benefit of massive cash cows at major studios, of trying to navigate the stress and struggle, and trying to reach that point where you pour all of your self into a game and hope that players understand and connect with that sacrifice.
The games in focus here are Braid, one of the highest rated games of all time; FEZ a game long delayed and yet hailed as…
Super meat boy, FEZ and Braid!
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