The growth in (widely available) documentary films in recent years has provided a window into a number of worlds that we would have otherwise missed out on; in particular, niche communities. Wordplay showed us how crossword puzzles are more than a Sunday morning game. Spellbound took us to the surreal world of local Spelling Bees. And King of Kong revealed the many obsessed with classic (1980s) arcade games.
Well, this year’s Sundance crop has given us another niche (gaming) community to stalk. In short, Indie Game: The Movie follows some of the industry’s top independent game developers and their devotion to the craft. And when we say “indie” here, think 1-2 person teams in their bedrooms with Cheetos (and Takis) designing games like “Super Meat Boy” and “Fez” through the night in order to have a shot at making it in the highly competitive video game community. In other words, these are serious gamers.
And chances are, you are not.
And here lies the beauty of the story. It’s easy for us to peek into a seemingly “other” community and lay claim to our differences. I don’t stay up till 4 in the morning coding. I’m not online or playing games 18 hours a day. I don’t really like Cheetos. But strip these differing external realities away…and we’re looking at a story familiar to us all.
What is it that keeps you awake at night? Drives you? Brings you satisfaction?
Our answers might differ slightly, but directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have figured out how to get us to root for the same thing. While you won’t find me playing “Super Meat Boy” tonight, I’m (now) glad it’s available for you to enjoy.
Watch/Stream Indie Game: The Movie Now via IndieGameTheMovie.com