If you haven’t been keeping up with Noclip, journalist Danny O’Dwyer left Gamespot in 2016 and started a Patreon to create in-depth documentaries on games, especially those with interesting development stories. He’s turned out some great stuff, like the story from inside Square of how Final Fantasy XIV was completely scrapped and remade in a small amount of time, to massive success. There’s also a lot of videos about DOOM. Maybe too many videos about DOOM.
Anyway, I wanted to make a post to highlight the recent Witcher video series. This playlist contains six 30-minute-ish videos focusing on different aspects of CD PROJEKT RED as a company and each Witcher game, with the main focus being Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Wild Hunt was the first ‘Western’ RPG I have played that I didn’t bounce off of, so I’m PRETTY fond of it but even if I wasn’t, I think these videos are a vital watch for anyone interested in game development in any way. Especially people who like to make armchair presumptions about development, hehehe. I think this is the best documentary about game making since Double Fine Adventure.
From the origins of CDPR as a company in Poland, a country where piracy was THE way you got games, to the Witcher 3 composer revealing that all of the music was made in jam sessions because the hired band couldn’t read sheet music, every minute completely fascinating. I think this subject and these open, passionate and hilarious interviewees make for the best documentary Noclip has turned out yet.
OK, that’s enough raving from me about this thing. Please watch it! Also, since this IS a forum, which game/series/company/moment would you like to see Danny O’Dwyer cover?