Lemmings: watch a free documentary on the classic Scottish game

It’s the video game classic that put Dundee on the digital map and launched Scotland on a £350m-a-year journey.

Now, a documentary about the Lemmings’ cliffside fun will go live on Monday.

Full production comes three decades after the DMA Design platform game was released on the Commodore Amiga console.

Players were tasked with guiding lines of green-haired creatures to protect themselves from lava pools, traps, and other obstacles – a simple premise that captured the thumbs of millions of players.

His huge popularity was great news for Scotland’s gaming industry, which is now worth around £350million a year. The company that created it enjoyed further success with Grand Theft Auto, which has become one of the biggest and most controversial game franchises.

The original crew members, who worked in an office above a chippy, are among those featured in Lemmings: Can You Dig It? which will stream for free on YouTube at noon on Monday. This follows a gala screening at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) in December.

Superfans, YouTubers, industry experts and academics have all been interviewed for the film, which was commissioned by publisher Lemmings Exient and made remotely during lockdown.

Gaming giant Chris van der Kuyl, who launched global hit Minecraft from Dundee, is among those asked about his place in gaming’s past and present, joking: “Dundee becoming the Hollywood of the gaming industry is a screenplay that few people would have written.”

If not for the title’s success, Scotland’s world-class games sector might not have seen the success we’ve seen, with DMA Design helping to convince the University of Abertay to press the game on the early courses. of computer games in the world.

The Dundee institution is now a world-renowned center of excellence in the field and there are now more than 1,800 people in full-time permanent game developer roles at nearly 100 Scottish companies, according to the industry body. Tiga, which indicates that another 3,300 jobs are indirectly supported by the sector.

Their production brings in £97m to the treasury each year and adds £236m to the UK’s gross domestic product, according to the organisation.

“We are absolutely thrilled to do Lemmings: Can You Dig It? available for general release,” said Jamie Wotton of Exient. “It was an absolute joy to watch the Lemmings story unfold through hundreds of hours of interviews with the original DMA Design development team, video game industry executives, and fans.

“The film celebrates everything that made the original game so special, including the city of Dundee in which it was made and it celebrates the important place these little creatures still have in popular culture.”

The movie is available on Exient’s YouTube channel.

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