Celebrating the Art of Indie Video Games

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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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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