Generation NES has come of age, and it’s giving the corporate bigwigs a run for their money. Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s engaging if superficial doc profiles the independent game designers behind Super Meat Boy, Braid and Fez—all of which were in varying stages of development or release during the film’s shooting. Fez creator Phil Fish’s story is most involving, in large part because of his paranoid perfectionism (he unveiled an acclaimed demo of the game in 2007, yet is still tweaking it four years later), and there are several Zen-insightful comments from Braid mastermind Jonathan Blow about the perils of success. Otherwise, this is a movie about a subculture, made for that subculture; only hard-core Xboxers need apply.
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