I love video games, and I have always liked the idea of designing and creating my own game. But I have always been extremely apprehensive about even thinking seriously about doing so, it is why when people ask me "Would you like to make your own game?" I make funny faces and answer really slowly, carefully picking my words based on who I am talking to, because not everyone understands the amount of work that goes into 'making games'.
Indie Game: The Movie follows the developers of three well known 'indie games'. Braid, Super Meat Boy and Fez, the latter through their development and Super Meat Boy all the way up until launch. Jonathan Blow (Creator of Braid) is in the movie to sort of serve as someone who has done it, he has had the full experience, development, launch, post-launch and all the difficulties and experiences that go with developing a game in this fashion.
This film has confirmed my fears about game development, but has also motivated me to set myself to be in a position to either participate in such a project in the future, or start one myself or someone else. These games are highly personal for these developers, both in the actual game they are creating, in the time and effort spent making the game, the impact that development has on their lives and people around them. Development of an 'indie' game may be less complex than your big budget AAA games, but the pressures are immense, and given the lack of team structure, safety net and support of masses of others, it isn't a task that should be underestimated at all.
But that is game development, and that is the core concept around Indie Game: The Movie is based. What struck me hardest about the film is that, it is as much about the people in it, in fact, probably more about the people in it, and their feelings, their situations and their emotions than it is the games. You see these people in different stages, you see the effects it has on them and their emotions, you sympathise and you are both simultaneously shocked and awed in multiple ways.
It was full of conflicting emotions, three amazing stories, and those participating didn't hold back. It isn't often that something can bring out so many emotions in myself, as a viewer, perhaps it is because of the interest I have in the subject, but I don't think it is just that. I think those who have no interest in the games industry and gaming itself would love this, because as I said, it is about people and their lives.
It is without doubt up there with the very best documentaries I have seen, I highly recommend buying and watching it. Both the filmmakers and those in the film deserve a massive amount of credit, do yourself a favour, pick your preferred method of delivery from their website and watch it. Give it your full attention and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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