GameLoading: Rise of the Indies Documentary Review

This is our review for the GameLoading: Rise of the Indies documentary by Studio Bento.

This feature documentary takes a closer look at the world of indie game developers and how they seem to have changed the gaming industry. GameLoading portrays a more intimate look at the video game developers and how they bring their stories to life within the game.

We especially liked the way in which Studio Bento, which is featured throughout the film, has combined a wide variety of indie developers and not just focused on themselves. You’ll observe a very personal level of the daily life of these developers, some of whom live all the way on the other side of the globe from one another. You’ll get the opportunity to listen to their dreams, goals and even fears.

GameLoading: Rise of the Indies Review Documentary Review


  • A feature documentary about indie game developers rising up and changing the way we see games.
  • GameLoading was successfully Kickstarted in 2013, allowing Studio Bento to visit developers in 8 countries to get an international perspective on the indie scene.
  • GameLoading attempts to document as many perspectives as possible, ranging from developers struggling for their big break to established developers working on their next hit game.
  • GameLoading intends to be an all-encompassing documentary about indie game development, ranging from the history of indie game development, the creation of independent games and the future of the industry.

GameLoading features interviews with a mix of high-profile and up-and-coming indie developers and industry figures, including:

  • Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)
  • Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable)
  • Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story)
  • Trent Kusters (Armello)
  • Lucas Pope (Papers, Please)
  • John Romero and Tom Hall (id Software founders)
  • Nina Freeman (Code Liberation)
  • Jens Bergensten (Minecraft)
  • Richard Hofmeier (Cart Life)
  • Phil Tibitoski (Octodad)
  • Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest)
  • Steve Gaynor (Gone Home)
  • Itay Keren (Mushroom 11)
  • Alexander Bruce (Antichamber)
  • Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone) and dozens more

Here is the release trailer:

Overall, we enjoyed taking a look at the game developer unscripted life while developing games. This would almost be a great weekly reality show for gamers and developers.

GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is available for purchase now.