This is a feature length documentary filmed between 2009 - 2012 in the USA and in Copenhagen. A cluster of developers was invited to contribute to discussion on their digital games designs. Games include: JOURNEY by thatgamecompany and works by Jason Rohrer, Alexander Bruce, Die Gute Fabrik and Zack Gage.
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2014
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This is a feature length documentary filmed between 2009 -2012 in the USA and in Copenhagen.
Us and the Game Industry explores computer game development. ( Running time 89 mins)

A developer cluster was invited to contribute to discussion on design outcomes with this new form.

Developers share their motivation, design process, focus and execution of game ideas.

They include:
Jason Rohrer, Alexander Bruce, Die Gute Fabrik,
Zack Gage and programmers and designers at thatgamecompany.

Each developer has a different style and takes a different direction. Each wonders about the potential of digital game design.
Filming begins in San Francisco and expands significantly to an observation of processes at thatgamecompany as the team builds,completes and offers JOURNEY, a networked game play for two on PS3, to the public.

Composer, Austin Wintory, for JOURNEY, breaks new ground with a score made interactive for networked play. Many aspects of the game design process for JOURNEY received world recognition. Antichamber went on to be heralded as an engagement in " an Escher-like world". Other explorations are here: Mutazione from Die Gute Fabrik and J.S JOUST are presented. The Castle Doctrine from Jason Rohrer and SpellTower from Zach Gage are considered. And, threading through, Robin Hunicke, Jenova Chen, Kellee Santiago, John Edwards et al - are exemplary figures of a long- term excitement and engagement with this design field who celebrate life and challenge the threat of mediocrity in the form. All participants in the film remain active with next games or ventures.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or newer
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Those who require to view on Mac OSX or Linux we supply on the VHXtv. Notify the support email and we shall supply there
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
If you are interested in designing video games, then the topics and personalities covered in the show will definitely appeal to you. Unfortunately though, out of the very few movies made about video game development, I would have to consider this one of the poorer ones. I really hate to say it, but I didn't find the film to be compelling enough. The people interviewed and the themes discussed were interesting, but the the pacing was slow and I didn't feel like there was a coherent story being told. If you want to watch a movie/series about video game development on steam, I would reccomend that you try Indie Game The Movie, or Super Game Jam first. If you are absolutely desperate for more after watching those two, then certainly go for this. Hopefully there are other people who really enjoy this movie, but from a personal and highly subjective viewpoint, it wasn't worth the money for me.
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