Let’s PLAY – Video Games and Indie Game: The Movie

Indie Game: The MovieLet’s PLAY – Video Games and Indie Game: The Movie

By Sara McGuyer, Board Member, Indy Film Fest

I grew up during the dawn of Atari and Nintendo. I couldn’t even wager a guess on how many quarters I pumped into Galaga at my local burger joint, hoping to get on the high score board. As much as I loved the adventure and puzzle-solving with Link in the Legend of Zelda, I began to abandon these games as I got older. In place of multi-level, princess-saving games (read: the ones that take a long time to solve), I feel lucky now to squeeze in a brief bout of Words with Friends.

Then I caught Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary about independent video game developers at SXSW. Canadian filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky took me right back to that sense of wonder and play I got from those early video games. Not only that, the film exposed me to a whole new side of the gaming world. These games aren’t created overnight – some, as seen from the story of Phil Fish of Fez, can be many years in the making with unexpected road blocks and design changes along the way. Also featured in the film, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Super Meat Boy put personal relationships and health on the line to meet their development deadlines. For the love of creating that playful experience for gaming fans, these developers take big risks and the journey is much more emotional than you might expect.

Indianapolis International Film Festival is very pleased to bring Indie Game: The Movie, presented jointly with the Indianapolis Museum of Art and sponsored by the Canadian Consulate, to Indianapolis on May 23 at 7 p.m. at IMA’s Toby Theater. The festival warmly welcomes Spirit and Place Festival as a promotional partner, as this film fits nicely into the annually changing theme of PLAY for the 17th festival, taking place Nov 2-Nov 11, 2012. Prior to the film (4 to 6 pm) there will be some big screen gaming, with new games in The Toby and old-school games in DeBoest Lecture Hall.  Then, attendees are encouraged to meet up with members of Horrible Night gamers group and International Video Game Developers Association Indianapolis from 6 to 7 pm for some interesting discussion about gaming. This event also features special guest, Consul General Roy Norton.

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