Celebrating the Art of Indie Video Games

PBS' Off Book series explores the creativity and innovation at the frontier of independent video game design. 

In its latest episode, PBS' Off Book series explores the creativity and innovation at the frontier of independent video game design. "In the beginning, video games were actually independent ventures," Jamin Warren, a journalist and editor of gaming magazine Killscreen, explains. As game design grew into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, he says, creative teams became larger and lost some of the freedom that smaller studios have. Like indie film, however, independently created games are flourishing. With the rise of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, creators have been able to raise six-figure budgets directly from fans to create games outside the mold of mainstream games. 

This short documentary, produced by Kornhaber Brown for PBS, packs interviews with designers and journalists into a whirlwind overview of the indie movement and people love about it. Unfortunately, the segment glosses over the games themselves, featuring an dizzying number of short clips from dozens of games. Luckily there is a full list here, if you are interested learning more. 

For more videos from PBS Off Book, visit http://pbsarts.tumblr.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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