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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Indie Game: The Movie: The Review
Indie Game: The Movie. Dir. Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. June 12, 2012.
The best movie about guys sitting at computers I’ve ever seen.
First-time directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s documentary Indie Game: The Movie explores the motivations and efforts of indie game developers in the uncertain and high-stakes independent game market. Indie Game is primarily driven by interviews with Jonathan Blow, Tommy Refenes, Edmund McMillen, and Phil Fish. Jon muses on the development of and his struggles with the critical and financial success ofBraid. Edmund and Tommy are full of trepidation in the brutal final weeks leading up to and on the launch day of Super Meat Boy. And Phil addresses his game Fez’s five-year development and the events that have slowed his work, plus his crippling panic as he prepares to set up a demo of his long-awaited game at PAX East 2011. Indie Game does not aim to compare the world of independent game development to the world of corporate game development, nor to highlight the potential financial rewards of possibly creating one of a very few indie games that have been profitable. Indie Game is about the humanity of four indie game developers, their desire to communicate that humanity to others through the medium of video games, and their fears that they are misunderstood.