The Off-Book series of mini-documentaries, from PBS, has brought us insights on video games many times before. They’ve taken on the perennial argument of whether (and how) games are art, and they’ve delved into the 8-bit phenomenon of retro graphics and chiptunes.
In this most recent instalment, they delve into the indie game scene. Thanks to digital distribution, indie games by small teams are everywhere: on our computers, our consoles, and our phones. Smaller-scale games made by smaller-scale teams with no publisher affiliations are a big part of what drives the art and industry forward. Designer Zach Gage (Spelltower), composer Darren Korb (Bastion), and critic Leigh Alexander all contribute to this nifty little look at where indie games have been, and where they’re going.