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This is Serious Business: Indie Game Edition!

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Jeff, Jon, and Rob dissect Indie Game: The Movie with the ghost of Christin watches over them.

Moderator: Jeff

Panelists: JONROB

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Start – 19:55
- Intros
- What’s your favorite Indie thing?- Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and modern Indie development

Part 2: 19:55 – 54:30
- Indie Game: the Movie discussion
- What was most interesting?
- Did it make us want to play the games?
- The process and people involved
- Criticisms

Part 3: 54:30 – End
- Final thoughts
- What would our own Indie Games be?
- Open Discussion
- Wrap

Audio Credits:

Break one audio is from the official trailer for Indie Game: the Movie.

Break two audio is Maenam by Sieber, Kammen, Fulton and Schatz from the Braid OST.

  • http://twitter.com/NerosLyre Christin

    It’s ME!

    Honestly, you pretty much touched on a lot of things I would have said, except I probably would have been a lot harsher, though I put most of the onus on the filmmakers for being a bit tone deaf for anyone outside the game community. I feel like they’re casting their subjects as heroic without any kind of ironic twist, even when they say things like creating video games is like “being in a concentration camp.” It really really isn’t.

    I found the subjects to be pretty obnoxious; at various times every one of them said “no one understands me” or “they don’t get it.” Of course, I had to look inward because those words have come flopping out of my mouth occasionally. I’d like to think that those are the kind of things I say only to very close friends instead of on camera but who knows what would happen if I’m stressed out and interviewed for however many hours.

    Anyway, this movie was thought provoking but it really wasn’t for me. I don’t have any nostalgia attached to video games since I wasn’t allowed to play them. I don’t play them now. I like them in theory, I watch game trailers and think they look great but I’m quite bad at games, tend to get stressed out and frustrated and give up. I usually choose more passive forms of recreation (I can play Bejeweled for [redacted period of really embarrassing time]).

    Also, I’m kind of a giant consumer ho. You were talking about comparisons to other art forms and mentioned comics and films, what about books? Amazon and the Kindle make self-publishing easy. BUT. If I ever finish my damn novel, I intend to go the traditional publishing route. However, I will say this in my defense before I turn into a complete corporate shill: the number of books published a year is probably at least three times the number of games and films released, combined. It’s easy to get lost in all that noise, a powerful marketing push from a big publisher is necessary.

    There, I said my piece.

  • http://twitter.com/NerosLyre Christin

    Also the wet slappy noise Super Meat Boy makes is freakin’ disgusting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.hudecek.1 Jeff Hudecek

      You get used to it. It’s actually kind of endearing. Squish squish squish.

      • http://twitter.com/NerosLyre Christin

        Shudder.

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