Documentary Review – Video Games: The Movie (2015)

Video Games: The Movie
Directed by Jeremy Snead
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: February 3, 2015

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I am proud to say I have been a gamer for a large portion of my life. My folks brought home an Atari 2600 when I was around eight years-old, and I have been addicted to video games ever since. I say this with a certain amount of pride, because I feel like games have helped shape who I am. My passion for science fiction, fantasy, and horror probably stems in part from them, and my vivid imagination is a result of them as well. But even though I’ve been a fan for a long time, I’ve never bothered to look into the history of this multi-billion dollar industry. VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is an informative 90-minute documentary that shows the rise of this continuously changing art form and its influence on modern-day culture.

If you are not familiar with VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE, here is the synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

From nerd niche to a multi-billion dollar industry, this is the story of video games from the minds of their greatest creators and super-players. Featuring your favorite industry, gamer and geek icons including Zach Braff, Chris Hardwick and Sean Astin.

I am a huge geek for things like this. I’m one of those guys that likes to know where my passions come from, whether its the origins of horror movies or the rise of our current video game society. Appreciating the how and the why of something makes the love for it even greater, I believe.

VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is shot well, in traditional documentary form, but it is also crammed full of clips and snippets from hundreds of popular and obscure video games. In addition, the film includes interviews with many industry experts, including company heads, game designers, storyline creators, players, and more. These are all combined with a massive, digital timeline that chronicles the birth and rise of the gaming industry and its evolution over the years.

The information contained within this documentary is tremendous. It gives insight into several facets of the industry, including technological advances, immersion via virtual reality, progressive storylines vs. linear gameplay, and much more. You would be hard pressed to find a documentary as extensive as this one.

VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a huge win for me, and every gamer out there should give this a look. Part informative and part nostalgia, this film will bring back memories and reinstate your yearning for gaming. It is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.

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