Valve's Dota 2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

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Free to Play, the Valve-made film exploring the highly competitive and demanding world of Dota 2 eSports, will appear on Steam March 19 following a premiere event at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. True to its name, Free to Play won't cost anything to stream or download, but a paid Dota 2 item and skin pack will also be available that will donate 25 percent of purchases toward the players featured in the movie.

GameLoading, a new documentary about indie development, seeks Kickstarter support

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Indie gaming has gotten kind of huge over the past few years, and the internet's beginning to bulge at the seams with all the indieness going on lately. Indie Game: The Movie—whose special edition is being released next week—last year documented the lives of four indie developers as they put together their little-budget, big-name concepts. What of the thousands of other indie developers out there, though? A pair of filmmakers are seeking to answer that question with their newly revealed Kickstarter campaign for GameLoading: Rise of the Indies, a documentary that seeks to zoom out and look at the entire indie scene globally.

Free To Play: first impressions of Valve's Dota 2 documentary

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I visited Valve early last month, and while I was there I was treated to a world-first, last-minute screening of the first part of ‘Free To Play’, the Dota 2 documentary that the devs have been working on since prior to the first International tournament.

The version I saw was so raw it was being shown directly from the editing software, and there were a lot of first-pass effects that undoubtedly be finished by the time the film comes out. That said, I’m in a position to provide a sense of where Valve are going with it, as well as a few of my concerns over things it might be missing. I’m going to run through my first impressions below, but bear in mind that I will talk about a few specifics of what the movie covers - if you’d like to go in completely spoiler-free, consider this your warning.

Dota 2 documentary is almost finished, private screenings starting soon

Perry Vandell at

Valve’s next Dota 2 documentary titled “Free to Play” is just about ready for public consumption, but the developer wants to hear some additional opinions before hitting start.

New Minecraft documentary trailer sneak peek—watch Notch code exploding arrows

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Submitted for your delight, an exclusive clip of 2 Player Productions' documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang. We're thrilled to share this with you as a part of our special Minecraft episode of PC Gamer Digital, which hit Steam moments ago.

It's really something to see Notch pick Minecraft apart in realtime. It's like seeing the game face-up on a surgeon's table, code exposed through a gaping chest cavity, as the kindest Swede in the world sifts its guts and tries to find a place to fit an organ that spews exploding arrows.

Look forward to the full film in Summer 2012. Follow its progress at or by following the talented team on Twitter.

The Cat and the Coup: free, fun and beautiful documentary game about a CIA-funded coup

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The Cat and the Coup is a free documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. It plays like a simple physics puzzle game, it looks like a storybook with artwork inspired by Persian miniatures, it features music by Nine Inch Nails, and if you give it just 15-minutes of your time, it'll teach you the story of a really fascinating period of American and British history involving communist paranoia and a CIA-funded coup d'état.

A video, screenshots and some thoughts below.

Get Lamp: text adventure documentary

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"They were called 'computer adventure games', and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind." Get Lamp oozes love. A documentary that tells the story of text adventures through the words of the people who made them, it's taken digital historian Jason Scott five years of researching, interviewing, filming, editing and polishing. Finally, the results of his work are available to buy. Check the trailer below.