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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Indie Game The Movie

I will admit that I know Jon Blow, one of the 3 game developers featured on Indie Game, and that was one of the draws of the movie to me. The movie covers 3 indie game developers, using Jon as the "voice of experience", Super Meatboy, and Fez. Super Meatboy's development team (2 people) was clearly the star of the show, since Fez was still under development when the movie was done.

The movies explores a number of interesting themes, but strangely enough, didn't talk much about game play. All 3 games are platformers, and when you think about it, that's about the limit of what a small team can manage without outside funding or without spending a ton of the developers' capital.

The development process isn't very well touched on, since a lay audience isn't going to understand much of how a typical developer goes about his day anyway. What's interesting is that with the exception of Jon, who can code and design, both the other titles feature a non-coding designer with a programmer. It's definitely not just one person slogging away. This makes sense, it takes unusual talent and dedication to start something like this without a co-founder.

All in all, the movie was a fun watch, but strangely slow pace and rather shallow. You're forced to read between the lines to extract any value from it. Not recommended.

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