Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the video game designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Now, like in the film industry a generation ago, a new breed of independent auteurs have taken their industry by storm. These programmers have spent years of their lives building entirely new games from the bottom up. Risking everything, their results are deeply personal, visionary works whose success has redefined the gaming industry.