Indie Game The Movie Room

Indie Game: The Movie was one of the ten best films I saw last year. Currently available on Netflix, the documentary directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows the development of three independent video games. You can read my full review here for more details.

This week, the filmmakers are doing something truly awesome and fitting. Since it’s a movie about video games, they’re offering exclusive downloadable content. Paramount among the new offerings are almost two hours of new short films and epilogues following the people in the film. But there’s also new commentaries and Steam exclusives such as achievements, online trading cards and more. The whole thing is now available for instant download.

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Editor’s Note: We are republishing Germain’s SXSW review since the film is being released today in New York City and Los Angeles. Click here to find a listing of where the movie will be playing as it expands in the coming weeks.

/Film readers, I owe you an apology. While I saw about 40 movies at Sundance in January, one of the films I regrettably missed was Indie Game: The Movie. That seemingly minor oversight meant for two months, you were likely walking around without the knowledge that directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have made a truly magnificent documentary that you will love.

Focusing on the development of three well-known independent video games (Braid, Fez, Super Meat Boy) the film manages to not only give us a glimpse into the fascinating world of indie game development, it drips with true emotion at every single turn. Call it fanboy nostalgia but Indie Game: The Movie tugs at your heart strings while weaving dramatic stories with precision and vision. It’s a must see. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Though I am definitely not a video game aficionado, I am a sucker for candid, insightful tales about the creative process. Which is why, although I’d never even heard of Braid before right now, I’m suddenly very interested in learning the story behind it.

Directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, Indie Game: The Movie explores the trials and tribulations of independent video game developers as they prepare to launch their games. There’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, who are working on their first Xbox title Super Meat Boy; Phil Fish, who’s finally ready to release his Fez into the world after four years of labor; and Jonathan Blow, whose Braid has become an indie sensation. (I’ve done some research since that last paragraph.)

The film was recently announced as one of the selections for the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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