As someone that grew up playing NES, SNES, Sega, and the like, and that fantasized about making a game of my own one day, I found this award-winning documentary particularly endearing and nostalgic.
Indie Game skilfully tells the story of four indie game developers developing three different games and shows just how much work, love, and sacrifice it takes to win as an underdog in this industry. Scratch that…as an underdog in any industry.
While each of the guys are likable in their own ways, I found Edmund’s and Tommy’s humble and unassuming nature and their quest to get out their first major game on Xbox, Super Meat Boy, the most touching and compelling. I was rooting for them all the way and couldn’t wait to see how their launch would turn out.
Emotions aside, what stuck with me most is the reminder of how much grit and “I’m-going-to-finish-this-even-if-it-kills-me” it takes to make something big happen. It goes beyond self-belief or motivation–it’s an almost trance-like state wherein you no longer care about how it will all turn out. You just have to ship the damn product so it stops haunting your psyche.
The following quote from V.S. Pritchett comes to mind: “Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”
Whether you like video games or not, I think you’ll enjoy watching the “against-all-odds” stories of Edmund, Tommy, Phil, and Jonathan.