Indie Game – the documentary which chronicles the trials and tribulations of independent game developers as they sacrifice their lives, income, pets and children in order to realise their dream, is coming to Scotland.
The film has received critical acclaim and much love from the development community for its stark and unflinching portrayal of the obsession and love which some developers bring to their craft.
If you’re not familiar with the film, here’s a brief description…
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.
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.
Indie Game: The Movie stars Jonathan Blow (Braid), Phil Fish (Fez) and Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy, Gish, The Binding of Isaac). It’s a who’s who of who’s making videogames in an officially sanctioned indie manner. If you’re not in the film, then you simply aren’t indie enough. You sell out.
It’s true. Here’s the trailer. You’re not in it…
Edinburgh’s Cameo Cinema is the location for the country’s first showing of the film. August the 18th is the date for your diary. It’s a Saturday night, it’s 8pm, so there can be no excuses for non attendance. Unless of course your birthday happens to be the same day and your lovely girlfriend has organised some sort of party at the same time. Or you’re under a court order, or some sort of perverse delusion that you cannot leave Dundee because the place will fall to pieces without you being there to watch it, staring, open-mouthed like some sort of partially evolved lungfish.
Tickets are a mere £7 and because it’s the Cameo, you can relax and enjoy the film in an authentically charming indie cinema, without paying £12 for three litres of fizzy pop and having to cope with a popcorn strewn wilderness of neon and despair and chavs.
There are even concessions for students, OAPs and truly, genuinely innovative and creative indie developers.
Reports that the film makers were influenced by another Scottish indie gaming project remain unconfirmed at this time, but it’s pretty obvious…