Let’s take another trip to the movies in a little segment that we’d like to call Cinematic Adventures.For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that showcases a topic so near and dear to my heart, independent game development. The film that I am referring to showcases the trials and tribulations of this process, and it goes by the name of Indie Game: The Movie.
This documentary focuses on three different titles, Super Meat Boy, Braid, and Fez, and the journey that each set of developers went through in order to release them to the world. Phil Fish from Polytron has taken so long up to this point to finish Fez that the pressure is starting to get to him. Jon Blow, creator of Braid, is going through a sort of depression after release, and is worried that people will not understand why he made his game in the first place. Finally, Edmund and Tommy, the team behind Super Meat Boy, are dealing with the pressure of crunch time before launch, while also worrying if their product will even sell at all due to promotional problems.
Along the way, we learn a whole lot more about the industry, while also taking a journey into some of the personal issues each group of creators had to deal with in addition to just the games themselves. One is dealing with a business issue with a former partner, and is also trying to cope with a number of different glitches during a first play test at a gaming convention. Another person has to deal with the stress of almost losing his childhood home, and all of them together are trying to stay calm in hopes that all of their hard work will finally pay off in the end.
Now let’s take some time to go over the high low points of the film, and honestly, the low points are just non existent to me. First of all, the emotional connection the directors create between the audience and the viewer is outstanding. Seeing just how much each person cares about this industry was a nice thing to see as well. Finally, understanding how just one moment can make or break everything you had worked so hard for really hit home with me as both a writer and a gamer, because no matter what you do, once your idea is out there, only time will tell if you will be truly successful.
Indie Game: The Movie was a personal journey for me, and is definitely something any gamer, or non gamer for that matter should definitely consider checking out.
That concludes my thoughts on Indie Game: The Movie. If there are any other movies you would like to talk about, please let us know about them in the comments below.
Here is a video that I found for it, enjoy!
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