Indie Game: Life After Review

I had watched the original movie a few years ago after a friend had told me about it. She said that since I liked indie games so much that this movie would be awesome for me to watch, and she was of course right. She usually was right when it came to stuff like that, but moving on. The movie was great and I enjoyed it. I tried a lot of new indie games because of it. Some I liked and some I didn’t. Either way, when I noticed that there was a sequel I knew I had to watch it. Here’s what I thought about the sequel to Indie Game: The Movie.

Taking place after the original movie, Indie Game: Life After shows you what happened to all of those people that they were following around making their small games hoping for them to become something big. You’ll see what life was like after the release of some of the more popular indie games like Fez and Super Meat Boy along with hearing about some of the artwork that went into Braid.

I have to say that while I enjoyed the first movie, I didn’t really care for this one at all. I won’t mention names, because that would just make me an internet troll expressing my negative opinion of something that I’m apparently not understanding, but some of the developers that seemed like decent people in the first movie turned out to be pretty horrible people in the sequel. I don’t know if it was the release of the game and the fame that got into their head or the release of the game and the negative feedback that got to them, but they weren’t really nice or decent like the first movie made them out to be at all. It was nice to see that some people had stayed the same though after the release of their games and maybe became more humble in the process.

OPINION: I can’t imagine how hard it is to release a game that you’ve worked on for years and years, but that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t be able to express their opinions about your game. Yes of course the good feedback makes you feel amazing and it makes you feel like you created something great, but you also have to understand that not everyone is going to like your game. You’re going to have negative comments and feedback about your game and that’s OK too. People who find flaws in your game and have something to say about it have every right to do so and if you’re going to take offense to all of that, then maybe you shouldn’t be making games at all.

Because this is a documentary, there were no actors, just normal people. Game developers trying to making it in an industry that is ruled by triple A games. Some of the developers are normal people living normal lives just trying to make their dreams come true while others are just as bad as the so called “Internet trolls” that they complain about.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

While the first movie was good and gave an excellent inside look into the life of an indie game developer, the sequel was highly lacking. It seemed to have showed off the worst jaded side of some of the developers that seemed somewhat decent in the first film. If you’ve seen the first film, I would say you’ll want to skip this one because two hours is way too long to watch some of these developers go on some crazy rant about how they’re misunderstood and can basically make whatever they want now because they can. If you haven’t seen the first movie, I would still recommend seeing it because it’s a really cool inside look into what it’s like to try and create your own game, but seriously skip this one.


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