Journey short film showcases one gamer’s life-changing story

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Journey short film showcases one gamer’s life-changing story

The first in a series of films exploring the relationship between creators and gamers

In many ways gaming is a magical medium. The interactive elements of games make them unique in the world of entertainment. Games are always a two way street — a conversation between the talented people that created the game and the passionate people who are playing it.

Here at PlayStation we have seen that gaming magic play out between game makers and game players for more than 20 years, but all too often that dialogue ends when gamers reach the end credits of their favourite titles.

But what if that wasn’t the end? What if those incredibly talented game creators got the chance to meet their most dedicated fans to keep the conversation going? This is the core idea behind a series of short films we are producing this year: can that gaming magic happen in real life and in person?

PlayStation is inherently a brand filled with great storytellers with narratives that inspire us all. To that end, I am very proud today to show you the first film in this new series: Makers & Gamers: Journey.

Makers & Gamers: Journey was directed by Jesse Moss, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker behind The Overnighters, Full Battle Rattle, and many more. This inspirational journey is an emotional story that shows the true power of PlayStation narratives.

Are there any stories about amazing game players or game makers that you would like to see told? Did you enjoy our first film? Would you like to see more documentary style videos from PlayStation in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Possibly the most emotionally engaging game of all time.

  • It’s a shame sitting down playing videogames won’t help with weight loss.

    • That is just so offensive what you just said there. I mean was this really necessary? What’s the point in saying that, I mean does it make you feel any better or do you think you are funny? I don’t get it. But hey, it’s great that this blog has some good mods on it and I really hope they do what needs to be done. They can delete my comment as well so that there is no trace of your verbal… “stuff.”

      Urgh, sorry for the double post, logged-in and thought I was still sending a reply :/

    • Your double post is evil and must be destroyed, yet I’m the evil one. I don’t care for humour. Yes it was necessary and no it isn’t offensive. This is a big problem which should be acknowledged. We face a major weight epidemic. We’re now taxing fizzy drinks to prevent obesity. We can either brush this under the carpet and ignore it or we can actually talk about this, even if it offends you.

      Amongst my thoughts were what if you could walk through Journey instead of sit through it?
      Do you remember that bike courier game where they released an exercise bike machine for it?

    • P.S I’m extremely tired of not being able to talk about anything in this modern age because of people claiming they’re being offended. I have the right to free speech and you have the right to be offended.

    • I have the right to remain silent.

    • They need to transfer all those godawful walking simulators to VR & then people could get some exercise while they play videogames.

      One of the wii’s many failed promises actually. I ended up sitting down playing wii sports & just flicking my wrist to play tennis/bowling/baseball etc..

    • To many people, the comment reads as a sarcastic criticism of the people in this specific video (by context), suggesting along the lines of ‘they really need to lose some weight, and video games aren’t helping’. Now I am not one to assume I know what you meant, but if you refuse to see how your careless comment could offend people, then you are not more than a bigot.

    • What if I said that due to medication and health that I’m no Kratos or Nathan Drake and am in a situation where I can’t change that.

  • That is just so offensive what you just said there. I mean was this really necessary? What’s the point in saying that, I mean does it make you feel any better or do you think you are funny? I don’t get it. But hey, it’s great that this blog has some good mods on it and I really hope they do what needs to be done. They can delete my comment as well so that there is no trace of your verbal… “stuff.”

  • I love this, I bet there’s hundreds of stories out there. I know for me it really helped with social anxiety. I shut myself inside the house and was petrified of any interaction with another person. Journey helped me feel connected to people without having fear that they’d talk to me. I still feel like it’s an experience more than a game, truly living art. It’s my favorite game and I’d love to be able to play it for the first time again. I can’t wait for that game company’s next project.

  • This is fantastic for her, really is, but I also feel this game really resonated with me emotionally, as I am sure many others feel. Will I ever get to meet a game Dev though? Not a chance… even though I’d would love to, again as so many others would.

    Ok it didn’t change my life but still it’s beauty makes me well up when I play the game, the score makes my heart flutter, literally and l am left with such a deep calm after playing, like I’m connected to something more than just a game.

    It’s games like this that gives me hope for game development. But again I will never see the inside of a game Dev studio cause no-one died, im not unwell or disabled.

    It’s great she got this experience, but overall I’m trying to say it is a shame that with so many other things you either have to have bad things happen to you or to know the right people to have this kinda experience.

  • Argh bust! I don’t see myself buying the vr.

    @laviathon88 Just curious, why do you want to meet the developers?

    I loved this video cos it made someone really happy and made a difference in their life, then, in turn inspired the developers. It just so happened that she is a great artist and interested in the industry. I hope that she got some advice from them as to the best way to use her talent.

    I for one am looking forward to more of these films cos it makes me happy that this game has had a profound effect on others and don’t begrudge them one bit for it.

  • Journey is trully An amazing work of art that had a great impact on me to.
    The girl in the video is also very tallented, I love her art.

  • She got to go because she wrote a letter folks, not because she knew anybody. I feel the way Journey enabled her and her father come to terms with his passing is just fantastic.

  • I really love this game!

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