Shacknews - John Keefer

When Humble Bundle V launched, the general consensus was that it was one of the best collection of games ever put together. Clearly, many people agreed, making the last collection the most successful Humble Bundle yet.

In the span of two weeks, almost 600,000 people donated an average $8.53 to get games such as LIMBO, Psychonauts, Super Meat Boy, Braid and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. If some donated more than the average, they also got Bastion. The $5.1 million more than doubles the previous record of the $2 million collected each by Humble Bundles 2 and 3.

The bundle started off strong, gathering $1 million in the first five hours of launch.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

HBO is limbering up for a television drama tackling the most harrowing and difficult subject it's approached yet: indie video games. It's early days yet, but the American cable channel has unexpectedly optioned documentary Indie Game: The Movie to make a half-hour series. And in true indie style, it's already been misunderstood.

The initial report from Deadline said that Home Box Office's series would be a comedy, raising more than a few eyebrows in the indie community. However, the original documentary's makers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky insist that's not the case.

"HBO has optioned IGTM for the basis of a (fictional) series. It is NOT a comedy. It is NOT a sitcom," the pair explained on Facebook.

The documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the developers behind Fez, Braid and Super Meat Boy. Presumably HBO's series will be inspired more by the tone and struggle than the developers themselves, though we must say James Van Der Beek would make a mean Phil Fish.

The series is being produced by Scott Rudin, who's backed The Social Network, Moneyball, True Grit, No Country for Old Men, and heaps of other fine things.

"The people involved, the network involved - all are, BY FAR, the best people possible to make this show," Pajot and Swirsky say. "We are ecstatic about the possibilities of working with this team. All you need to do is look at the list of HBO series titles & Scott Rudin's IMDB and you can see why we think this is a brilliant thing. We want to see this show happen. We want to watch this show."

Do remember that optioning something doesn't guarantee it'll be made, merely that it could. The documentary made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, then will have a theatrical release followed by the DVD. Here's a peek at it:

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Indie gaming's been revitalised in recent years with the explosion of digital distribution and renewed mainstream attention, and one group of film-makers has been documenting a little of all this. Indie Game: The Movie by BlinkWorks is entering the final stages of production, and finally has a proper trailer to show off.

Indie Game: The Movie revolves around Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat, Braid maker Jonathan Blow, and Phil Fish of Fez developer Polytron. It covers the trials and tribulations of their games' development, their fears, their motivations, their triumphs--all that documentary jazz. There are also appearances by a whole host of indie gaming luminaries.

If you like what you see, BlinkWorks is seeking a second round of funding through Kickstarter to help with the audio, colour and mastering. With a goal of $35,000 and 31 days left, the total received currently stands at $11,571. Pledging $15 or more will get you a copy of the finished documentary, with extra bonuses coming as you give more.

Indie Game: The Movie is expected to launch "by the end of this year or very early in 2012." BlinkWorks plans to show the film at festivals and special event screenings this fall.


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