It’s difficult to grasp that the film is actually done. What started out as a small-scale Kickstarter marketing video, ended up being a 97-minute documentary with nearly 200 hours of raw footage. We followed the main characters (Harry Krueger, Mikael Haveri, Tommaso de Benetti, Ilari Kuittinen and Eugene Jarvis) in Finland, France, Portugal, Sweden and United States for three years (2014-2017). The editing process alone took about six months.
Nex Machina was clearly a dream project for Housemarque. During these past years, this documentary eventually became our own passion project. There were many times we were hanging out at the Housemarque offices, waiting for something to happen. And yes, we got to play Nex Machina prototypes (they were damn hard, by the way). Sometimes we shot something for an hour or two and left, but it was not uncommon for the filming days to last for as long as 12 hours, because we had to copy the footage to hard-drives, make backups, unpack all the gear, etc. Some of the crew members drove from another city, which added four hours to their shooting day. The video game expo trips were especially long and demanding, but a lot of fun at the same time. It was such a rush to be part of telling a story about these incredible people and the game industry in general. I think we all knew that we were telling not only a relatable but also a unique story. When the editing process finally started, we wanted to include every minor detail from Tommaso’s passion for cooking to how Harry got his Babylon 5 spaceship figures. This, obviously, wasn’t very realistic.
Nex Machina’s game director Harry Krueger said that when he stayed up all night programming the last boss fight for Nex Machina, he saw bullets flashing even when he closed his eyes. That’s basically the same feeling we’ve had during these last months.
We hope you enjoy watching ‘The Name of the Game’ as much we enjoyed making it!
We are eager to shed some light on the distribution soon!
Co-writer/composer of The Name of the Game
The Name of the Game is a feature-length documentary about the team up between the legendary arcade game designer, Eugene Jarvis, and the Finnish game developer, Housemarque. The end result of the collaboration was the critically acclaimed PS4/PC title Nex Machina. The film gives the audience an unprecedented access to the unpredictable and plain crazy world of making a game – uncensored.