Review Indie Game The Movie

first_imgMaking video games for a living is the dream job for a lot of people, especially when you get to make exactly what you want. Indie Game: The Movie shows the harsh realities of being an indie developer and the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making those dreams come true.This documentary shows the phenomenal difference between being an indie developer and working for a large corporation. The film focuses on four different developers and their stories: the Super Meat Boy team, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes; Phil Fish who created Fez; and Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid. In all cases the games are now released and Indie Games: The Movie, is a look back at how and why they were made.In the near two hour long film, you’ll witness Edmund and Tommy trying to finish Super Meat Boy before their money runs out, Jonathan Blow defending Braid, and in the process earning a reputation on the Internet, and Phil Fish worrying about money and experiencing the extremes of emotion, mainly due to his game-making ex-partner.The film begins near the completion of the games, giving viewers a taste of the drama that will later ensue. We then go to beginning of each journey, learning about the games and the men behind them. The way it was shot is excellent. It’s slow paced, and they get some great stories and reactions out of the devs, which adds emotion to the experience.Not only is creating a game with a team of two or three people incredibly hard, the indie devs put a lot of themselves into their projects. “I made it for myself” Edmund says about Super Meat Boy. To these men, sales and ratings don’t really matter — obviously they want to make a game gamers will enjoy, but these games often embody their childhoods, which is what makes it so heartbreaking to watch.There are many more indie games the movie could have focused on, and the documentary team shot 300 hours worth of footage. They took the decision to focus on a small selection to gain greater stories with more detail, and I think that was the right move. Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid were good choices because even if you don’t really play indie games, you have at least heard of these ones.Indie game fan will be please to hear that extra footage will be available when the special edition of the documentary is released, though there’s no announced date yet. It will be interesting to hear and see more about how these games (and others) were made, but the developers themselves were the focus, which is good because that’s the most interesting part.The emotional intensity during Indie Game: The Movie makes it hard to watch in places, as you see them break down, cry, get depressed, and get angry. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that ends up making you feel for these guys and you will them on because you genuinely want to see them succeed.It’s not only essential viewing for fellow developers, gamers should to see this film as well. If you’re a developer, you’ll find yourself relating to the individuals, and if you’re a gamer you’ll be amazed by the hard work these people put into making your games, the stress and trauma that goes into them, and what they have to endure. You’ll also find a new appreciation for every indie games you have played and hopefully be inspired to try more in the future.Indie Game: The Movie is available now on Steam for $9.99 and DRM-free from the official site.last_img

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