You Meet The Nicest People…

Also, some right basts. Oh, the stories we could tell.

You meet the nicest people making videogames, apparently. Unlike playing videogames, where you meet Rossignol (who is most uncouth) and Walker (who is a terrible healer). This was brought to our attention by RPS Fan #100, which is a Kickstarter-funded project to do a documentary about “highly expressive videogames and the people who make them”. They’re 6K towards the 22K they need for the equipment they need to do it, all of which they’ll donate to a local community college afterwards. Their kickstarter page has more details, but the key thing is a short video including Gregory Weir (I Fell in Love with the majesty of colors), Amon26 (Au Sable) and Anna Anthropy aka Auntie Pixelante (Mighty Jill Off, Redder). Frankly, as much as I like the project, the title’s sissy nonsense. These people aren’t nice. These people are interesting. Also, an incy mental. “Nice” undersells them terribly, as the video makes clear…


  1. negativedge says:

    Let it be known that the man behind this (or the principle man, at least) is awesome and nice and ambitious and intelligent and talented and I greatly hope this project of his comes to fruition. As should you all.

    • Wulf says:

      I got that vibe from the video.

      I’ll toss some money his way, it won’t be much as I’m not exactly rich (quite to the contrary), but it’ll be something at least in the hopes that this will indeed be made.

  2. AndrewC says:

    I’ll pay you £50 for a doc about the basts.

  3. Dominic White says:

    Interesting to hear that Amon26s games are literally his nightmares made into digital form. Also makes a lot of sense. All of Our Friends Are Dead really had a distinct stream-of-conciousness feel to it. Unsettling in the best possible way.

    • Wulf says:

      I was thinking the same. I had originally thought it was just the out-heavings of a really imaginative and twisted mind (a la Silent Hill). I hadn’t considered that they might be the productions of nightmares. Clever man.

      I wonder how many of us could actually make decent games out of our nightmares?

      Probably not me, the worst ‘nightmare’ I recall was being chased around an office block by giant mushrooms, and this was far more ‘WTF?!’ than scary. >.>

  4. TeeJay says:

    Anyone want to subsidise me to go on a road trip around Europe this summer?

    I’m not sure how much it will cost me for a van, camera, laptop, insurance, food, lodging, fuel and a wage “to keep a roof over my head once the trip is over”. I am also open to suggestions about who I should interview. Maybe something about beaches and festivals? When I get back I’ll stick it all on youtube and donate the van to this group living in an old warehouse in Hackney who run an alternative pedal-powered cinema.

  5. DMcCool says:

    I like the title. I’m told english is the only language in the world with a word for “nice”. Its a lovely thought and we should use the word whenever we can. I’m guessings its meant to counter the nasty old media account of games we are used too.

    • Brumisator says:

      comforting delusions are a nice thing to have.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      DMcCool: On my evil rule of PC Gamer’s review section “Nice” – along with “Very” – was absolutely 100% banned. Meaningless, spacefiling, half-hearted, words.

      The only exception is that you could use both of them at once, and say something is very nice. Because stuff like “The graphics are very nice” is funny.


  6. Adam Bloom says:

    I think if most of the documentary is like that, the title will end up being (deliberately?) ironic. Kind of like saying, “You meet the nicest people in a mental hospital.”

    I would love to see more of this.

    • TeeJay says:

      What is the ironic disparity or contradiction between being mentally distressed and being a decent person? For what it’s worth I have met a lot of nice people in psychiatric wards, be they patients, nurses, friends or family (although some of the doctors and the occasional nurse/security have been rude, arrogant, abusive c*nts). Being depressed, stressed-out, tripped-out and needing help and protection doesn’t mean people are ‘nasty’ and most of the time the greatest ‘danger’ being faced comes from the public towards people behaving ‘oddly’.

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