New Indie Documentary Series About Hard Game Design Questions
Indie Van Game Jam is an awesome idea put into action, have an indie developer team travel in a van making games, and ask how other indie developers make their own games. A documentary series that would be a meeting point between Man Vs. Food and Indie Game: The Movie.
The central purpose of Indie Van Game Jam is to showcase indie developers’ work, whilst exploring tough design questions and theories. If you watch the first episode available via the link above, you’ll be able to watch the core developer team, consisting of an artist, designer, and programmer, calling themselves Binary Solo venture from Austin, Texas. They take a look at one of Rob Lach’s games, called POP: Methodology, which subverts genres, and use it as a starting point for ideas.
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The episode focuses on Binary Solo trying to utilise Lach’s ideas making a game during their roadtrip to meet said developer. You can download the game they made from their website. With the first episode out, there are six more planned releases, paired each with a game that was developed during the filming of each episode.
Each episode will explore a different city, game and developer. The first episode is free, with those following being paid content. This is definitely an intriguing idea and it will be interesting to see how this web documentary series pans out in the end.