Making a Long Story Short:
The Gamer Inside,this curious name came to me one day in April, with the idea to interview my friends and acquaintances who played video games. This started almost one year ago, in December 2010, when I was considering how to express my many experiences and mixed feelings related to gaming. In my mind was the simple idea of showing the significant impact caused on me by video games. But then a curious thought came to me, I thought that my story wasn’t so different from other many fans and game industry workers´ stories, so I decided to find out how that collective story had played out under their perspectives. Quickly, I took my tripod and my camera wherever I went, constantly at my side to try to “land” those moments or people you seldom come across but that really hope to capture. Madrid, Barcelona, London, Valencia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro… some of the cities that left their traces in this documentary series where the different experiences, cultures and sociopolitical circumstances were the motive that drove me to go beyond the topics covered in the interviews. Trying to learn a little bit more every day, searching the different nuances between two very similar opinions have made it possible to get a very complex work but at the same time enriching.
Currently, after having interviewed in one year nearly 190 people of 15 different nationalities and between the ages of 12 and 85, I can say that the more I interview the players the less I seem know them, so there is always something surprising… though I think that perhaps I understand them better…
One driving force in this project has been all the people who have supported me and believed me since the beginning. Thank you to our graphic designer Alvaro Redondo, to whom we owethe logo design and all the exquisite art of our web, cards, our videos…, and as if this were not enough, he has done animation work and a pixel artist, what indicates his professionalism and the breadth of his skills. The next one to join was Jonathan Hall, who quickly became part of the team and who has experience as a musician for video games. His passion for gaming has allowed him to add his own personal touch to the project. A little bit later on in July, Joan Godoy came on, a motion grapher and scriptwriter, who has already produced the documentary E3 Confidental in Los Angeles in 2006. In the same GAMEFEST11, I met José Luís Sánchez who produces audiovisual projects at Lunatic Visual Studio and wanted to add his experience to the project. And last but not least, in the last months, two people have joined us. On the one hand, Cristina Pérez, who translated the published material into English, and on the other, we had the support from Julián López who is editing very well. My warm thanks go to them all. Thanks to you because you made me keep believing in this project, even in the worst times after so many months.
The Gamer Inside is a documentary series for the Internet that will focus on the impact of video games at a social, cultural, educational, and industry level. It will be released on the 29th of January within the framework of VI International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games held at the Auditorium of ESNE. The entrance to the screening and subsequent discussion is free. We hope to see you all there!
This article has been published by La Información, but its writing has been modified due to external demands.
[Translated by Inma González Escolar]
[Reviewed by Al Goss]