1377 – Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film made by Canadian filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. The film is about the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes during the development of Super Meat BoyPhil Fish during the development of Fez, and also Jonathan Blow, who reflects on the success of Braid.

After two successful Kickstarter funds, interviews were conducted with prominent indie developers within the community. After recording over 300 hours of footage, Swirsky and Pajot decided to cut the movie down to follow the four developers selected. Their reasoning behind this was to show game development in the “past, present and future” tenses through each individual’s story. (wiki)

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1376 – Atari: Game Over (2014 documentary)

81o+xuDPMRL._RI_A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s. (imdb)

Atari: Game Over is a 2014 documentary film directed by Zak Penn about the North American video game crash of 1983, using the Atari video game burial excavation as a starting point. Eurogamer called it “one of the best films about gaming this year and should be seen by anyone with an interest in the medium’s early wild west years.” (wiki)


A Psychological Exploration of Engagement in Geek Culture


1241 – 198X (2019 arcade game)

timespace coordinates: Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X.

198X is an arcade epic. A coming-of-age story told through multiple games and genres, worlds and characters. Experience the thrill of shooting, driving, jumping, fighting and role-playing – combined with emotional, cinematic storytelling. This is a love letter to the golden age of arcade games – yet with a scope that was never possible in the actual 1980s.

This is 198X – where a new life is just 1 credit away.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): OS: Windows 8 / Storage: 4 GB available space

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1022 – Dead Cells (2017 video game)

s543181744429673150_p1200_i6_w1488Dead Cells is a roguelikemetroidvania video game developed and published by Motion Twin. Following about a year in early accessDead Cells was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 7, 2018.

In the game, the player takes the role of a slime-like creature that takes control of a corpse in a dungeon, through which they must fight their way out. The player gains various weapons, treasure and other tools through exploration of the procedurally-generated levels to fight undead creatures within it. At times, the player may gain “cells”, a type of in-game currency that can be used to purchase permanent upgrades or unlock new items for the player if they reach the vendor between each level. Dead Cells uses a permadeath system, causing the player to lose all cells and other currencies or items upon each instance of death.gwenael-masse-deadcells-brutalupdate-webThe plot of Dead Cells is minimalistic, only giving bits of information to the player. Taking place on an unnamed island, the player character is referred to as the Prisoner, a humanoid with a pile of gelee or plantmatter in place of a head. The Prisoner is immortal, as every time he dies his “head” manages to lurch its way back to the starting prison. According to a guard, the Prisoner is said to have been executed for some crime, but the nature of the crime is never specified.thomas-vasseur-skulligEvery time the Prisoner dies, the island reconfigures itself, which serves as an explanation for the rogue-like mechanics. In the game, the reason for this is specified as the island being a living organism that evolves over time. In the end, he kills the Hand of the King and stabs the real king only to explode and wind up back at the start like nothing happened. (wiki)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): OS: Windows 7+ / Processor: Intel i5+ / Memory: 2 GB RAM / Graphics: Nvidia 450 GTS / Radeon HD 5750 or better / Storage: 500 MB available space / Additional Notes: DirectX 9.1+ or OpenGL 3.2+


Easter Eggs and References 

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954 – Maldita Castilla (2012 arcade game)

timespace coordinates: AD 1081 Kingdom_of_Castile

Maldita Castilla, known in North America and PAL regions as Cursed Castilla, is an arcade action video game developed by Locomalito and released in December 2012. The game is primarily based on myths from Spain and, to a smaller degree, other parts of Europe. Maldita Castilla was developed as a tribute to Ghosts’n Goblins. The game was inspired by Amadis of Gaul, a sixteenth-century Spanish chivalric romance.

The game can be downloaded for free from the website of its author, Juan Antonio Becerra aka “Locomalito”https://www.locomalito.com/maldita_castilla.php

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM)OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 o 10 / Processor: 1GHz+ / Memory: 512 MB RAM / Graphics: 128 MB / Storage: 100 MB available space


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