You remember IGN Indie Open House, right? The program that IGN and GameSpy Technology kicked off this past Winter to provide office space, free online game development tools and consultation to five independent game dev teams? Of course you do. It’s a great program, and the participants have become some of our favorite people ever. I mean, how do you NOT love a bunch of guys who moved to San Francisco for 6 months, for no money, to pursue their dream of making successful video games?
Last month, IGN decided to shine a different light on the participants by having them participate in a new Web-exclusive reality show called “The Next Game Boss,” provided as a perk for subscribers to IGN’s new “Prime” subscription service. In it, the five teams participate in a series of game design challenges aimed at showcasing each participant’s ability to think creatively on their feet, responding to (admittedly) ridiculous, borderline surreal prompts with entertaining and viable game ideas.
The first episode launch in April, to rave reviews. Now, the teams are back in episode two. The heat is a little hotter this time around and, thankfully, the attention also a little more focused on what the teams (who are all incredibly dedicated and deadly serious about making their games successful) do when they’re not being filmed by a camera crew and taunted by editors/ judges. Have a look!
Anecdote of note: the director on these pieces is former IGN Insider video editor Amy Do, who also directed the acclaimed indie documentary Rabbit Fever (also very much worth a watch!).