I took my son to see this, part of the Canadian Film Festival the other week. I half wanted him to be inspired by these dedicated designers into creating his own game. Every parent’s dream to flip their kid from passive to active; from consumer to producer. No such luck. Not inspired. But we did get a good conversation out of the evening, and for a WOW boy that is worth the price of admission.
Apparently they had dne a bit of coding at school; they had to painstakingly type everything from the board, click enter and the program was meant to spring into action. But it didn’t. The teacher swore. The boys jacked it in and Dave lost his enthusiasm for coding. And now is considering plumbing instead.
The gamers featured were both loners, who were reliving and reworking their teen angst into an experience that people could PLAY, play the angst, play what I went through. PLAY WITH ME was what it was all saying, very poignantly. The most successful game; ‘Meatboy’ on XBOX features a character with no skin who is looking for his love who is made of bandages, and together they will be complete. Lots of cool splatting noises as he hurls himself up the platforms. The designer keeping people at certain levels to learn the skills required to proceed onto higher levels. Designers like him are more my son’s teachers than those in the classroom.
But no, he wasn’t rushing out to design his own game, but we shared a kebab in the dark of the movies, and he saw people in his world up on the big screen. You never know the effects.