Video Games: The Movie
Video Games: The Movie, a feature length documentary, aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers. The film is not just another film about the games industry, but attempts something much more ambitious; the question of what it means to be a 'gamer', a game maker, and where games are headed. Storytelling and the art of the video game medium are also explored in this first of it's kind film about the video game industry & the global culture it has created.
Narrated by Sean Astin who you may remember him as Rudy or maybe better know as the "stupid fat hobbt" Samwise Gamgee. This documentary takes us on a ride through the evolution of video games.
During this evolution timeline we get to go back to the very beginning and then end where games are the treated as not only gameplay but as art. Most of our readers will recognize these consoles and games, for myself I know it was a great way to take you back to how games used to be.
My first console I ever owned I got on Christmas. This was still in the 80's and I remember being the luckiest kid in the world. My video game experience at that point revolved around two prior consoles, the Atari 2600 and the Intellevision. But back to the movie, they did a good job at hitting all the diffent generations of games/consoles. One of my favorite moments of the documentary was the launch of the Playstation 1 and the voice of Sony, Crash Bandicoot. The reason this stuck out was because I was a Nintendo fan boy at the time, didn't own a Nintendo 64 or a Super Nintendo but if I was good we would rent the console for the weekend. The reason this stood out to me was how much I hated the Playstation and that stupid Bandicoot! At the time I thought, "how dare this thing call out my beloved Mario!" Again, just one of the many memories that surfaced during my time watching this movie.
Not only did this movie address the different consoles made but the progress of society from taking a stand against Atari and its terrible rendition of ET to the acceptance of video game gameplay as an art.
If your browsing through Netflix looking for something to help bring back some of those feelgood childhood memories this is one you can't go wrong with. The movie does jump back and forth on the evolution timeline which is the one and only draw back, thiis however doesn't take away from the movie one bit.
Mean little Bandicoot... Right? haha
Posted by: Joe @thee.social.nerd