Documentaries about video gaming are few and far between, but documentaries about game development are near non-existent. Enter Indie Game: The Movie, released last May to critical acclaim, follows 3 independent developers all in different stages of production for their respective titles. Jonathon Blow of platformer fame ” Braid” already had his title finished by the time filming began and offers an interesting retrospective on the creative process from beginning to end. Also featured is Phil Fish who went on to create the indie hit “Fez“, and we watch almost intently as a voyeur while he nervously sweats out trying to battle constant glitches at an important gaming convention and the fallout from legal issues after his development partner split. Last but not least we see Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes in crunch mode trying to push out their companies debut “Super Meat Boy”. The duo makes their confessions vocal about their discontent towards Microsoft for constantly shuffling their titles release which in turn forces them to work 20-hour days and live in pure chaos with little to no sleep. Who said making video games couldn’t be a dramatic experience? The movie is produced and directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky and can be purchased from the following link (I believe the doc is also available for streaming on Netflix and most other Video-On-Demand services):
Also, if you are more into the MMORPG side of gaming such as World of Warcraft then I highly recommend 2008’s Second Skin. Another documentary about gaming in general, this film demonstrates how such massive games can change human social archetypes and how the game can slowly become your life. I’m sure you can find it online for sale with a little fervent googling
Ellen Page was asked on a Reddit AMA about Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” regarding the similarities of herself compared to the main character “Ellie” in the game, to which she responded.
“I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.”
Page, who reportedly hasn’t played a video game since Crash Bandicoot (go figure, a Naughty Dog title) for the PlayStation until the start of her involvement with Quantic Dream and creating Beyond: Two Souls. I always thought she would be more of a gamer, but I guess that’s just me creating a personality for someone I have no real connection to out of thin air. I think someone forgot to tell Ellen that Naughty Dog has been working on TLoU for YEARS and any likeness between the two is purely coincidence. The character of Ellie is voiced by actress Ashley Johnson. Page is a good actress but man, this was literally just a silly case of mistaken identity. Naughty Dog created the character of Ellie as a 14 year old girl and Page is in her 20’s, so I doubt that they actively pursued her likeness for this game.
Source: Huffington Post UK
According to multiple sources, Sony is encouraging retailer GameStop to take an unlimited amount of pre-orders for it’s upcoming next-gen console, the PlayStation 4. When I was at my local GameStop during the week of E3, they had literally used up all of their allotted slots for PS4 pre-orders and to reserve a console come launch day it cost $100. I’ll have to pop back in to my local store to see if there is any validity to this story, but if it’s true Sony has some pretty big balls if they believe they can fill the demand come launch day, and I sincerely hope they can. Nothing sucks worse then having the money to buy the latest and greatest but it’s completely out of stock everywhere. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if for once during a console launch, the supply actually FIT the demand (the GameCube and PS3 launches obviously don’t count) ? One can dream, oh one can dream…