Films on Video Games

Video Games:
The Movie

Documentary 2014 NR 1hr41m. From Atari to Xbox, this star-studded documentary explores the gaming industry’s history, influence and multi-billion dollar evolution. This film targets people who do NOT play video games and maybe wish to know something about them. This is like a reader’s digest version of a wikipedia article… everything is condensed. It’s entertaining, as purely a fanboy-inspired, nostalgic Sunday drive through hundreds of videogame clips. It doesn’t cover video game history completely, glossing over some of the major milestones. The last 30 minutes shows how a modern game is made.

LIFE 2.0

Documentary 2010 NR 1hr 39m. Computer users across the globe log onto the virtual world of Second Life. But some users’ lives are dramatically consumed by this alternate reality. See Full Review

Indie Game
The Movie

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr43m. This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. It also explores the quirky sensibility these personalities bring to their art form. This movie shows what it is like to to work hard, on your own, to create something that 100’s, 1000’s, or millions of people with see or play, and either hate or love it. It’s about working hard and overcoming obstacles in order to get the world to see your dream. You can tell how passionate these men are when creating their video games . Before watching this, I had no idea how physically and emotionally taxing being an indie developer was, so I appreciate the film not holding back. I really enjoyed that the movie focused more on the personal and creative side of creating video games — and less on the technical side. It becomes more of a film on “why” video games are made and less on “how” video games are made. Not everyone understands what video games mean to the people that play them. This isn’t just for video game nerds – my wife watched it with me and she absolutely loved it. If you have goals and dreams, this is a must-watch movie. I recommend it to anyone that wants to create something on the computer to share with the world. Good luck and have fun. This is a fantastic film on the subject of video games and creativity.

Video Games: Behind the Fun

Documentary 2007 NR 43m. This fascinating history of video games starts with a trip down memory lane led by gaming expert Keith Jackson and ends with a rare look at new technologies. Move over, PlayStation and Nintendo. Before these ultra-advanced game consoles came along to captivate players old and young, there was Pong, Space Invaders and Pac Man. Included are interviews with early adopters and designers such as Ultima’s Richard Garriott and Sega’s Neal Robinson.

Game On!
The Unauthorized History of Video Games

Documentary CNBC Originals 2006 NR 45 minutes. The $27.5 billion-a-year video game industry has revolutionized the entertainment world. CNBC takes an inside look at gaming pioneers and power players and their quest to gain global market share in this fast-paced, highly addictive industry.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade

Documentary 2007 NR 1hr 27m. At the unassuming Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, early gamers fought for bragging rights at the 1982 Video Game World Championships. See how competitive gaming started, and meet arcade owner Walter Day, who still oversees scoring.

Video Game High School

Comedy 2012 NR 2hr 4m. In a world where professional video gaming is the biggest sport on Earth, hapless young gamer Brian D gets the chance of a lifetime: to sharpen his skills with the best of the best by enrolling in the most elite private gaming academy in the world.

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Documentary 2003 PG 1hr 24m. In 1997, chess champion Garry Kasparov goes head-to-head against IBM’s computer Deep Blue and accuses IBM of cheating its way to victory. Interviews with Kasparov, his manager and members of the Deep Blue team illuminate the controversy.

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