May 2nd, 2012 by Elliott Mitchell
Think making games is all fun? Watch Indie Game: The Movie and you’ll think twice about those leisurely indie game developers sometimes thought of as slackers. Although game design and development can be quite enjoyable, it also can be high-stress and difficult work. Many indies crunch long hours to design and build new and innovative video games. Making independent games is a labor of love.
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Indie Game: The Movie at the historic Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. Adobe generously sponsored the film’s tour and gave away seats of Adobe’s full Master Collection of content creation tools. Local showings of the film were sold out to enthusiast audiences filled with local indies, AAA developers and their significant others. The award winning Canadian filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky were on location to meet and greet the ecstatic crowds. Lisanee and James also treated the game developer populated audience to time for Q & A at the end of the film.
Indie Game: The Movie paints a compelling montage of independent game developers as struggling artistic creators in a manner never before witnessed by the video game consuming public. Whether you make games, play games, are close to anyone who makes games or wants to make games, you must see Indie Game: The Movie. It’s truly a successful film about, by and for underdogs.