Indie Game: The Movie
Indie Game: The Movie is out now (available as a download and streaming video). The movie follows the creators of such indie game darlings as Braid, Super Meat Boy and FEZ. Each games has its own development story, and as you can imagine each is quite a struggle.
With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.
After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.
First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.
-Sundance Film Festival
It currently sits at 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.com.
On top of simply being a fan of these games (and having created a variety of paper crafts for each) the Super Meat Boy Cubeecraft actually appear several times in the film! Check out the stills after the jump or check out the movie in its entirety here.
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