***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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…
In the words of my sweetie, "I get the impression that most people talking about video games don't know shit about any other kinds of art." Bankrupt wank, as expected. Nerds talking about their art-babies such that the only way you could care at all is if you already did. No more compelling than a random doc about a random street busker would be: our nascent, unambitious artists (work may take a long time but that doesn't make it matter) discover what have forever been chestnuts to REAL artists (I get emotional when people like my art, I'm nervous about releasing it, etc). These people's popularity adds nothing to their pathos, intrigue, outright character, considering a) their dubious nerd outsider…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A film that wonderfully illuminates the trials and tribulations of the indie developer and the passion and soul and life that goes in to making these killer, revolutionary indie titles with a simple, thoughtful, beautiful documentary that to a degree is unfortunate that the Fez and Super Meat Boy devs are nerdy, awkward, weirdos that blow up and freak out, likely paving the way for all the steam greenlight reject games and nonsense being peddled over Kickstarter by children born behind a monitor. Still, Jonathan Blow is a smart, articulate saviour and not a one trick pony, and a crying partner really does illuminate teh chasm between art and relationships, artists and partners and success and failure, professional and personal.
Indie Game: The Movie's love and heart-warmingness doesn't quite overcome its triteness and simplicity, but it almost does.
Great subject, superficial execution. They could have cut 30 minutes of Phil Fish being shouty and instead delved into the actual nuts & bolts of how these games are designed and programmed, which would have been a lot more interesting.
Finally got to see this thanks to Netflix. What a weird, scary life these people lead. You have to be passionate and dedicated beyond belief...
And please, don't pirate games? Or anything really.
Wirklich gelungene Doku über drei Spiele und ihre Macher aus der ersten großen Indiespielwelle. Braid, Super Meat Boy und Fez sind einzigartige Spiele, die mit viel Liebe, Schweiß und Tränen von sehr leidenschaftlichen Menschen geschaffen wurden. Dieser Film lässt den Zuschauer daran teilhaben und hat mir noch mal verdeutlicht, warum gerade diese drei Spiele solche Klassiker geworden sind.
Indie Game: The Movie is een erg mooie film, moet ik zeggen. Kon er erg mee meeleven :')
I need to finish Undertale.
At a certain level, I guess this is a documentary about a bunch of dudes talking about making their video games, but really it's about people wanting to do what they love and connect with other people about it (but not always succeeding at that). I'm not really very knowledgeable about that scene, nor do I play games, but yet I found it engaging even if all the games we see look like fairly straightforward platformers (undoubtedly I'm missing the nuances). The designers all face issues based around being one or two-man operations, and having to deal with big companies and corporate greed, and they deal with it in various ways. Still it's clear these are not just programmers, but passionate artists and fragile ones too.
It's like a video game you can't play. It's just like...one long cut scene.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
It's a good…
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