Game Loading: Rise of the Indies (Movie) Review
The huge increase in digital downloading in recent years has made it very easy for indie game developers to get their games onto the consoles, PCs and mobile devices of the masses. With so many new indie games being released every day, how much really goes into creating these games? Game Loading: Rise of the Indies follows the lives of several game developers and the ups and downs throughout the process of creating games.
One of the main developers that the movie follows is Davey Wreden, one of the developers of The Stanley Parable. He takes you from the beginning of development to the release date, showing all of the time and hard work that goes into creating the game.
Game Loading: Rise of the Indies does a great job showing the lifestyle that these developers live by. Not only do these developers have to put in many, many hours into creating their games, they also have to find time, places and money to market their games. This is where the many gaming conferences come into play. This documentary takes you to a few of the major gaming conferences, such as the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), and shows how important these conferences are to the marketing aspect of the development process.
Another interesting topic this documentary covers is how much easier it is for anyone, including children, to get started in developing games. It goes into a little detail about how some schools these days are teaching kids the basics of coding at a very young age and gives input from many different developers and journalists about this topic.
I found it very interesting to watch how much time, work and passion these developers put into their creations. You do not need to be a gamer or developer to find this documentary interesting. It does a great job of showing that anyone can create games if they put their mind and time into it.
If you ever wonder what goes into developing indie video games and what kind of lifestyle these people live, check out Game Loading: Rise of the Indies! Now, it’s time for me to get started on my first game!