Monday, 17 March 2014

Film: Netflix Documentary Hype (Catfish/Indie Game)

Netflix has introduced me to a whole heap of stuff to watch, some of which I've meant to watch for ages but only got round to because of the ease with which Netflix allows (see: 'Bowling for Columbine', 'White Collar'), and others that I had never heard of before - which include the two that I've watched recently - the technology-centered 'Catfish' and 'Indie Game'.

'Catfish' was kind of sobering, because things like that don't happen. It's about a guy who develops relationships online. A few people have expressed scepticism whether it's 100% a work of fact, but it's a little bit worrying none-the-less. Long story short, it turns out that people on the internet aren't always who they say they are. For a computer scientist who spends quite a lot of time on the internet that's a pretty scary thought. Obviously all the people I've had conversations with are legitimate, and kind-hearted souls who exist outside the magical internet box but I rather expect that that's not everybody's experience.

The aptly named 'Indie Game: The Movie' tracks the development of indie games, 'Fez' and 'Super Meat Boy', and also looks back at the success of 'Braid'. Needless to say I've over-romanticised the idea of being an indie-developer and now would very much like to give it a go, which means that I should really start going to Games Dev Soc more. Pretty much the only thing I've planned on doing later in life is making sure that I live on 'my terms', whatever they are. I've always been drawn to lifestyles that don't make any money unless you're good at them, (photography, music) which I - alas - never am. People who have managed to make a life for themselves through blogging, or photographing their favourite band, or writing computer programs at their 'leisure' have managed to get to exactly where I want to be! So if you have a job offering in any of the following areas please get in touch:
  • Music/Sport Photography
  • Football Journalism
  • Writing incredibly average computer programs
  • Some sort of music that I manage to fit into
Thanks, Matt

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