GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers – their craft, their games, their dreams, and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture.
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2015

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“You are going to want to see this!”

“You don’t have to be a gamer in the least to appreciate the astonishing documentary.”

“If someone asks what indie games are and why we love them, GameLoading would make a darn good answer.”

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GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers – their craft, their games, their dreams, and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture. Disrupting the big-budget industry, indie games have altered the art form through their innovative, varied and personal games. Small teams of passionate and creative developers are offering an alternate voice to players. GameLoading captures this pivotal point in history, where video games have become more personal than ever before.

Featuring: Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable), Rami Ismail (Vlambeer), Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story), Tale Of Tales (The Path), Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest), Robin Arnott (SoundSelf), Trent Kusters (Armello), Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), Ryan Green (That Dragon, Cancer) and many more.

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4,087 of 4,623 people (88%) found this review helpful
213 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 21, 2015
A whole lot of production to say almost nothing of value. It's essentially a sequel to Indie Game The Movie, and more or less acts as a post-release advertisement for The Stanley Parable, Depression Quest, and a whole bunch of other gimmick software, all while fluffing the developers who made them. Also, Ben Kuchera is there for some reason that I can't quite discern, given his lacklustre-yet-storied career of games "journalism" and known-and-visible history of PR favouritism and hypocrisy.

Other reviewers are talking about the "effort" put into this, and the "insight" it provides you with. Effort for what? Insight into what? It's a sideways advertisement for an incestuous clique of developers receiving awards from their friends for experimentation, and waxing 60%-grade social-science final-assignment on the deep feels of developing a gimmick game.

Games made on a train ride by hipsters who can freely afford to globetrot while masquerading as poor people who are just scraping by. One of the spotlighted games is literally just a limited-feature music visualiser that uses live microphone input instead of an MP3. It's amazing, truly - but not for the reasons this movie thinks it is.

Lucky me, I didn't spend any of my own money on this. I sold a CSGO Lounge item to pay for it. But in the end, someone's money paid for me to watch this, and for that I'm deeply sorry.

Don't buy this. Don't watch this. It's barely even entertaining for free, and imparts no real knowledge upon the viewer regardless of how much they've paid to see it. This is a movie about the greatness of people, not the hardship of game development. Don't pretend it's anything but public relations.
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2,408 of 2,775 people (87%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 21, 2015
Prefacing this review with the fact that I've written a handy guide here ( ) to prove I've actually watched the content in case of any sync errors with steam showing 0.0 hours played.

Gameloading is a very frenetic, hard-to-watch documentary about a specific clique of game developers that identify as "indie," but are actually very interconnected with one another.

At a run time of 1:33 including the credits, this film skips between over 34 interviews, but spends only meaningful camera time on a select few. While industry veterans such as Jon Romero and Tom Hall are a welcome addition to provide their insight, they have less than 2 minutes of cumulative screentime in favor of a sea of pink-haired hipster 20-somethings complaining about how poor they are despite toting Macbooks across the U.S.(and in a few cases, the Atlantic). There's a clear narrative goal that is contradicted by the obvious facts and environments these globe-trotting trust funders inhabit.

What's worse is there's a call-out to Kickstarter backers in the credits, so on inspection the movie was backed there for over 100K, and they're STILL asking for $9 a head on Steam? Truly atrocious. I feel like I've learned nothing, was bombarded with unlikable negative personalities for 90 minutes, only to see them get rewarded with millions of dollars in the end for failing out of film school.

If you saw that Indie Game movie on Netflix, just save your money and watch it for free somewhere else eventually, it's as empty and pretentious a film as the Stanley Parable, but without the interactivity.
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1,824 of 2,119 people (86%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 21, 2015
My mistake for not reading the description about "streaming only"

edit: if a good game can get a bad review because it has always-online DRM, then the same rule should be applied to good movie too

I'll probably update this review after the download is available though
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1,788 of 2,104 people (85%) found this review helpful
642 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 22, 2015
Like "The Blair Witch Project" before it, this movie by directors Anna Brady and Lester Francois is a horror film framed as a documentary.

The exposition begins with the filmmaker and protagonist arriving at a seemingly idyllic community in search of a story. While the neon plumage and bizarre mating behaviors that prevail are unsettling, the people do seem pleasant and happy and friendly, at least at first. Increasingly, it becomes clear that the language they speak only appears to be English. In reality, their conversations are specious lunacy if not wholly unintelligible gibberish. The audience is drawn inexorably to the conclusion that here the definitions of words are fluid and vague. Evidence continues to mount until, after some detective work, we discover that this community exhibits total uniformity of thought. The action climaxes with the filmmaker trapped and surrounded in a cultish society devoid of reason or purpose or joy. Soon we reach the shocking final revelation: that $75 DLC which provides 2 additional pronouns to that twine game highlighting the struggles of rich college protestors fighting the evils of manspreading astronomers by blocking off the entrance to the non-gay bar that was rumored to have once served gamer clientele . . . was submitted to greenlight from your IP!

Ultimately, this movie is a rehash of well-worn tropes likely to bore anyone familiar with the horror genre. I am particularly dismayed by the portrayal of women throughout as childish, unaccountable victims. The use of hipster culture to signal an insane and credulous society is a cheap expository device that ruins much of the suspense. In summary, this work is uninnovative, offensive trash. 0 bottles of Mountain Dew out of 10.

Disclosure: Mountain Dew is nasty.
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2,002 of 2,376 people (84%) found this review helpful
194 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 21, 2015
It''s not what you expect. Trust me.

This appeals to only a VERY VERY small minority. I mean I get it, I do. Though this isn't the type of movie that most gamers would like. They say they are gamers, but my mind screams that they're not. It's meant for the kind of audience that would throw and splatter a bucket of off-branded rainbow paint on someone's porch without consent and call it "art." Get it? I'm putting this in a nicest way possible. Those are the kind of people they are shooting for. You know Doug's sister Judy from Nicktoon's Doug back in the day? That's the audience. Judy Funnie.

Look, if you use Twine, you're not a game developer. Just as a toddler is not a engineer just because his Fischer-Price toy makes him out to be. I played Depression Quest, it's boring. If I want to read a boring novel, I would read a Ayn Rand book. I believe it's still free as of today on Steam if you don't want to take my word for it. No, go ahead. Really.

The Pros?

Stanely Parable is pretty cool. That's really the only game they advertised that's passable as a game. I played it, it's unique for sure.

The production is pretty good. I'm sure they worked hard producing this sundance flick.
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542 of 637 people (85%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 24, 2015
Posted: 25 Apr @ 12:40pm

Can't even watch it because video is only available in Streaming "An unexpected network error occurred while trying to stream this video." Thought Streaming could still play like how youtube allow you to buffer the video first.

If you have a bad internet connection or if you think you might have a bad internet connection don't buy it or at least wait until they allow you to download it like the "Free To Play" Documentary (which is free to watch compared to this).

Considering getting a refund if no Download feature is given soon.

Tried to Contact Steam Support but the product(GameLoading: Rise of the Indies) was not available at steam support when I searched in the "What Product are you having an issue with?" it comes up with "Oops! We came up empty."

Edit: 29 Apr @ 10:26pm

Stream still complains about "An unexpected network error occurred while trying to stream this video." kept telling me to go to visit the FAQ for troubleshooting information.

Check to see if download feature is available, download feature not given yet.

Tries to Contact Steam Support FINALLY the product is available there on the Ask a Question! (I love Steam Support with the previous experiences I had with them they've helped me before several times was very happy to know that it's finally there)

Selected the "What type of problem are you having?" picked the "Game/DLC Question"
Selected the "Performance Issue" Suddenly Step 2 pops up redirecting me to ""
tries other option "Installation Issue" same step 2 pops up, tries another option "Cannot connect to game servers" same step 2 pops up Me: "!@$!#%!@$" TRIES ALL THE OPTION! same step 2 pops up.

Finally gives up and go to their website, found nothing helpful there at all just advertising about the product as expected.

Starting to regret purchase.

10/10 Starting to question life choices.

Edit: 17 May @ 12:03am

I sent a Question to Steam Support on 29th of April received reply from Steam Support on 13th of May (I'm sure other people had worse), told me to Troubleshoot Network Connectivity but it doesn't seem to resolve it so I sent my MSINFO32 info reports to them and some other detail.

Waiting for response.

Not sure if this 90 minute movie worth the wait anymore.

Please... Just please.. Give us a download feature already..

9001/9000 Considering on getting Cisco certified and purchasing Enterprise-Grade network for house just to get better connection.

Edit: 20 May @ 1:19am

Received a response from Steam Support today told me to do another test, Steam Support is like my new IT teacher I learn more stuff about IT from Steam Support than my old IT teacher at school :D "hurray for Steam Support"

Replied to Steam Support message and sent them the test result.

100/100 I feel like an Alpha Tester for Steam Video Streaming technology (And I even have to pay it like the other Early Access product!) yay for no download option!

(What the hell is wrong with me I should probably just let this rest already @_@ "I'm not even going to review the actual content of the Film at this rate" I've been robbed from my sanity, this is going to be the story of how I lost my sanity)

Edit: 26 May @ 8:54pm

It has been a month now and I've finally reached my limit.

They had more than enough time to provide us with a download option but they didn't.

I have never been this disappointed for a very long time.

Steam Support replied to me today.

They finally gave me the option for a refund.

But it's not going to be refunded to my bank account.

And this is what they told me "As with most software products, we do not offer refunds or exchanges on games, DLC or in-game items purchased on our website or through the Steam Client.

We can issue you store credit for the amount of your purchase into your Steam Wallet. The credit will also remove the title or item from your account.

Please confirm if you would like us to proceed with this credit."

I'm fine with that, I can use it to buy something else better that is made by people that actually care about their paying customer.

You all can't see this but I am REALLY, REALLY UPSET as I'm typing this.

It was all smiley face, lots of joking and messing around at the beginning but it finally turned into a frowning face at the end.

I had faith in them that they would give us the option for download but nope they decided to waste my time instead.

To the people who is in charge of this 'product' this is what I have to say to you "You may be able to refund my *money*, but you will never be able to refund THE TIME THAT YOU MADE ME WASTE JUST TO TRY TO WATCH A G*****N 90 MINUTE FILM ON AN UNWATCHABLE STREAM INSTEAD OF PROVIDING A DOWNLOADABLE VERSION"

That is all.

Oh one more thing that I almost forgot.

-9001/9000 Go learn customer service please and yes I'd like my refund now.

Edit: 30 May @ 11:57am

Steam Support refunded me from this mess.

10/10 I love you Steam Support <3

P.S. F#$K this S%@T I'm outta here lol
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1,232 of 1,522 people (81%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 22, 2015
Lots of gators in these waters. Being as tiresome as ever. Their negative reviews are all the usual ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t rhetoric, but I didn't like this movie much either.

In a word, it's shallow. It doesn't provide any insight, understanding, or even any difficult-to-find information. It provides brief snapshots of a bunch of developers, a small bit of the usual trite advice about making indie games, and not much else. Most of the subject developers are already well-known - if you're into indie games at all, you'll probably already know most of what this documentary covers. It does not go very deeply into any one developers' story or game - in fact, it says almost nothing about any games, focusing almost entirely on devs themselves, and not to any worthwhile effect. It flits between many different devs at many different times and more or less fails to make a cohesive film out of it. If you know absolutely nothing about indie games, perhaps this would be a decent little meet&greet of a few prominent personalities and some of the very basics of how indies work, but otherwise, it just doesn't say anything.
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443 of 525 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 27, 2015
If you're heavily into game development you'll probably buy this regardless, but be forewarned that this is mostly an 'artist' self congratulatory circle-jerk; A lot of pretension, very little competence. The few competents like those behind The Stanley Parable are offset by people uttering lines like; "You don't have to be, like, this nerdy sort of stereotype, you can actually be like a very artsy creative person..."

Having seen Indie Game: The Movie, I was hoping this would be as good, and though the production quality seems to be of the same standard, the cast of people given face time is pretty cringe worthy overall. My advice is to skip this unless you're desperate for anything remotely related to game development.
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504 of 613 people (82%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 26, 2015
This is terrible.

You know how everyone's saying it's bad and you want to watch it to see how bad it is? Don't. It's not even entertaining in that manner. It's a bunch of people saying things that don't even mean anything. It's just terrible in every aspect.

They shot it on a pretty good camera though.
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1,060 of 1,335 people (79%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 22, 2015
Like a lot of people, I bought this mainly to post a review; to get my voice heard.
This is a fairly harmless movie, in and of itself, but you should realize that there's a lot they're NOT telling you in this movie.

They're not telling you how incestuous the industry has become.

It paints a very innocent picture of the indie scene and it's really not.

They are showing you the 5% of the time that they're not on social media calling people sexist and racist.

If they want to have their own customers, great, but they shouldn't be trying to insult customers of existing products.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
Great movie that gives good insight in the life of indie developers
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5.1 hrs
Posted: March 29
Fun movie to watch and reminds me of that one indie game movie from 2011 (the one that with FEZ, Super meat boy, Braid etc).

Would really enjoy a documentary following just one project from start to finish but that is another topic for another day.
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62.5 hrs
Posted: March 28
An essential watch for indie games' fans.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: March 3
A very good film about video games. But I want to briefly address some of the issues raised by negative reviewers of the film.

Anyone can see these are relatively good, and for the most part humble, people. People like Pugh of Stanley Parable and others question whether they really deserve this praise they are receiving. I will concede that a surprising number of them have pink hair. Not a fashion choice I'd go with but hey, incredibly I am capable of tolerating this.

Other than some questionably disparaging comments about Assassin's Creed in one interview, there is nothing in this film that is remotely attacking mainstream video game culture. Nothing. So where is the hatred coming from?

For all you pro-Gamergaters out there who feel the need to up-rate some of these disgusting reviews: This documentary goes for 93 minutes. It focuses on Zoe Quinn and Depression Quest for a total of less than 4 of them.

Guess what, you can read who's interviewed and the games they represent on this page. If you dislike these games, then why buy the film? Why bother? Both sides of this so-called debate shoot vitriol at each-other unnecessarily. Things don't get better by describing the whole indie culture as "incestuous", when that's obviously one of the most inane terms to describe a group of people who identify with each-others ambitions and goals.

I agree that the film isn't as well-structured as it could be. Other than following Davey Wreden around there isn't much narrative; though I liked when it came to PAX everyone who had already been interviewed in their own development places congregated there, which felt like the centre of the whole film.

I highly recommend this film to the people who looking at the title and info already THINK they will like this film. You will. Its a celebration of a culture of people making games for those who are looking for something different, interesting and personal.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: November 22, 2015
Concerning my play time on Steam I watched the entire movie DRM-free from IndieGameStand so I am basing this review off the whole movie.

This movie is a fantastic and beautiful documentary covering the motivations, industry and process of Indie Games. There's a huge number of games represented and it covers game jams and awards for the personal journeys included more than the equally excellent (but slightly more personal) Indie Game the Movie. The soundtrack is great, the visual artistry is great and the sheer fun of watching it is outstanding. It'll make you feel good watching it and is quite frank about some of the slightly darker sides of making games in this day and age.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: November 17, 2015
The subject of this film is not totally new to me, as I already saw different documentary films concerning game developers. It's still interesting to get an insight into the way this creators are working, the stress, the promotion of their games, why they do it...
But I liked this film because we've here some of the most important indie game developers I've heard of and which games I've played. I felt kind of emotional to hear the music of "The path" and happy to see the founders of Tale of tales, Christine Love and the others.
I get interested into games again because of all this new and diverse creation. And because I don't know anyone around me playing, this film was important to feel like being indirectly part of it.
Now I'm looking forward to watch the extra contents, it feels like there is more to see or say about what has been already introduced in the main film, concerning diversity, harassment of female developers, accessibility of tools and the joy to create and sharing it.
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0.0 hrs
Posted: October 22, 2015
(Technical note: not even English subtitles on the extras. Please think of us foreign watchers!)

Got this for $1 and I guess I can recommend at this price, and because, well, it certainly isn't a waste of time.
However, while people in this documentary have interesting things to say, as a whole, the film is unfocused and largely unwilling to find a general message. It presents a group of unconnected people who are shown as if they're living together (?), and it mostly has footage that was shot years ago but doesn't care to add a "what happened next" section at the end... Is it because what happened next for most of the people featured wasn't so good? (Tale of Tales closing shop, Davey's depression, etc.)
Well, this is still part of an artist's journey, and the film denies us that.
In fact, I think the film's main goal is to encourage everyone to create games, and to do that it blissfully ignores the fact that 99.9% of all game developments, especially in indie, don't end well. And this isn't likely to get any better, given that the number of daily releases on Steam has multiplied by 10 in just 3-4 years.
Then again, you can always dream big.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 21, 2015
There is one very huge objective problem with developers in this movie. Not all of them, mind you, but a lot of them use those teeny-tiny laptops. What’s up with that?! It’s appalling, and disgusting, and they ruining games! Argh! Misplaced hate! Pointless rage!
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 19, 2015
Interesting view on Indie Game development. Inspiring, fun and a well done movie.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 1, 2015
Clip after clip of self-congratulatory blather. I really enjoyed Indie Game: The Movie, but this one is a non-stop cringefest. Makes me feel embarassed for supporting some of these developers in the past. Just awful.

Its only saving grace is an excellent ~5 minute segment in the second half that talks about kids learning to code. It gives you a chance to catch your breath before dunking you straight back in to the sewage.
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