You’ve likely noticed that we at TiX have a love for Indie games, whether it be titles released via the ID@Xbox program or up and coming games needing support and featured in our TiX crowdfunding spotlight, our staff are big supporters of the Indie scene. To that extent I was invited and asked to review GameLoading: Rise of the Indies the latest production from StudioBento, and a movie that itself was a Kickstarter-funded success story, documenting and exploring the rapidly growing indie community.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a movie that showcases the craft of Indie games development, the games themselves, the dreams of those making them, and for those that release their games and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture.
A star-studded line up of Indie personalities are featured in the movie with a mix of high-profile as well as up and coming developers and industry figures. Rami Ismail (Vlambeer fame), the brains of Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable), Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story), Trent Kusters (Armello), the founds of id Software John Romero and Tom Hall, Mr Minecraft Jens Bergensten, Richard Hofmeier the creator of the humbling Cart Life title, Mike Bithell and many more.
Indie games, the developers and community behind them are disrupting the big-budget industry. Indie games have altered the art form through their innovative, varied and personal games. Small teams of passionate and creative developers are offering an alternate voice to players. While there’s no question the games industry has continued to expand and explode on the international level, GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a refreshing reminder that it’s also growing in a more intimate way as well.
Sitting back and watching GameLoading: Rise of the Indies makes you realise and appreciate that although those featured in the documentary need to make money to live and then prepare for their next game, it’s not all about the money for them, if it was they might as well pack up and go work for EA, Bethesda or 2K. Instead, for many if not all of the developers featured in the documentary, it is about sharing life experiences and/or ideas with as many people as possible. Some of those experiences are hard-hitting like That Dragon, Cancer an adventure game that acts as an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green’s experience raising their son Joel, a four year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancel. It’s a heartfelt story of memories, heartache but overwhelming hope and love. Other experiences like The Stanley Parable from Davey Wreden explore the idea of exploration, games and storytelling through narration lead gameplay. Clever no? The critics thought so as the game received 10/10 from both Joystiq and Destructoid as well as 9/10 from Gamespot on release. In fact, the game has won over eight awards to date.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies sets out to accomplish a lot within a small time frame. It shines a light on the Indie movement and the growing community, but it also showcases just how diverse the movement is, with developers from every walk of life creating and dedicating themselves to an art form that is still looked at as ‘something only kids do’. Gaming is more than just “something for kids”, take a look around you on the bus or train, while in the canteen at work, or sat on the beach. All of those people playing games, they aren’t just kids are they? Mobile gaming is booming and many of the Indie developers showcased in the documentary talk and discuss how much the likes of Apple’s iOS platform has helped grow the Indie community and provide many developers with their first platform for their work.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies should be watch by everyone, whether an eSports pro, casual gamer or someone who pretends to hate games but plays Candy Crush Saga almost daily in secret. It’s a fascinating look into Indie game community and one that shouldn’t be missed.
Thanks to Stride PR for supplying TiX with a download code
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