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Re: Video game documentaries?

Post by kiwimike » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:31 am

The Laird wrote:World 1-1 is essential viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7EEDmkxgMs
Yes indeed, been talking to the makers of it, and might just rent a viewing so I can see it before the DVD comes out. But the DVD will be a must buy for me for sure :)

The DVD set on Japanese game developers so far has some fascinating stuff on it (and the odd Retro Gamer magazine on a table!). Its two discs and quite a marathon, watching it in chunks on the exercycle for the first viewing :lol: But some wonderful artists are featuring

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Post by kiwimike » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:40 am

The DVD 'Video Games- The Movie' arrived now.

I was not expecting much, it has received bad reviews for being US-centric, lacking depth or detail, and simply being a long advert for the games industry.

I can see why it has got those comments, but I disagree about it being bad. It is what it is. It's a fun watch, not massively detailed nor anything new. But it is an enjoyable celebration of gaming, and a polished production. Nothing more nothing less :)

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Post by Greyfox » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:12 am

I enjoyed Video games:the movie until the moron Designer: Cliff Bleszinski shows up, now I know he was an executive producer and wanted in on the act, but man he's so far up his own Ar$e it's unreal and I hate the fact that he thinks he knows what he's talking about, the man behind Gears of war or not, he treats viewers as if they are peasants and found myself looking else where when he appeared in the film.

Also they never touch on computers, simple early arcade games from the early eighties which the Americans love and been done to death on all other video game docs, which in turn makes the films very near sighted, and then covers consoles, again another missed opportunity to showcase this generation to its fullest.

I did enjoy it though, but nothing I haven't seen before and learned absolutely nothing from the film, no revelations or facts I didn't hear about, but of course with it been a documentary on video games it of course had to be added to the collection :).

There are many amazing films covering video game culture which have been listed above, but very few of them touch on the foundations of the lore of video games, Bedroom to billions is of course, one such film which I really enjoyed, but that even missed on computer culture of the 16-bit computer era in which nearly all involved in the film should and could of covered, yet again a missed opportunity , but a brilliant film and well worth getting none the less, but £50 is very rich in thought that a film you produce, people will throw there money at it, I think a little OTT in there marketing research :).

World 1-1, now this is something of a prodigy with the people they interviewed were incredibly in depth with what they spoken about during the film, but although it's essentially about the origins of Atari, you get an amazing insight to the culture and atmosphere of that period and the way most companies I'm sure acted during the 70's and 80's when Atari showed the world what it could do, so I think that with that the story of Atari (the real Atari) has been done, I think it's time now that somebody did the Commodore (resurrect that Jack Tramel doc) and Sinclair Spectrum era as a company profile within a film rather than its software, that's icing on the cake(the easy part) to include and I'm very sure it could be achieved too. As I feel there is so much yet to be covered in a video game documentary.
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Post by The Laird » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:00 am

Greyfox wrote: World 1-1, now this is something of a prodigy with the people they interviewed were incredibly in depth with what they spoken about during the film, but although it's essentially about the origins of Atari, you get an amazing insight to the culture and atmosphere of that period and the way most companies I'm sure acted during the 70's and 80's when Atari showed the world what it could do, so I think that with that the story of Atari (the real Atari) has been done, I think it's time now that somebody did the Commodore (resurrect that Jack Tramel doc) and Sinclair Spectrum era as a company profile within a film rather than its software, that's icing on the cake(the easy part) to include and I'm very sure it could be achieved too. As I feel there is so much yet to be covered in a video game documentary.
World 1-1 is the first of many, the producers plan to make a number of follow ups based on different eras & companies.

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Post by Greyfox » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:17 pm

The Laird wrote: World 1-1 is the first of many, the producers plan to make a number of follow ups based on different eras & companies.
Well that I'm down for that and wish them the best, if their first film is anything to go by, then we all have so much to look forward too in the future, fingers crossed :D
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Post by rocky1980 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:55 am

Finally put my money down and picked up World 1-1, looking forward to watching it
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Post by The Laird » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:59 pm

The Laird wrote:World 1-1 is essential viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7EEDmkxgMs
Added a couple more reviews of video game documentaries to my channel:

From Bedrooms To Billions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GfJjEQWEPU

Video Games: The Movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F45JKdaGHh8

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Post by rocky1980 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:28 am

So we can add Nintendo quest to the list

http://nintendoquest.com/
One man. 30 days, 678 games. No online purchases. I
Its about a guy trying to get full of NES games without going online and it 30 days !

I have watched the first 10 mins, looking forward to sitting down later today and watching the rest
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Post by theantmeister » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:57 am

The Laird wrote:From Bedrooms To Billions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GfJjEQWEPU
I notice From Bedrooms to Billions is on Netflix now.

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Post by Timothy Redux » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:16 am

Prof Mango B Coconut wrote:Tetris: From Russia with Love is a pretty good watch.
I liked that one too. Would have made a better drama than BBC's Gamechanger too
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Post by Big Shoes » Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:23 am

rocky1980 wrote:So we can add Nintendo quest to the list

http://nintendoquest.com/
One man. 30 days, 678 games. No online purchases. I
Its about a guy trying to get full of NES games without going online and it 30 days !

I have watched the first 10 mins, looking forward to sitting down later today and watching the rest
I watched this last night, it was not bad, quite interesting though, some NES games are a lot cheaper in America!

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Re: Video game documentaries?

Post by rocky1980 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:13 am

rocky1980 wrote:
So we can add Nintendo quest to the list

http://nintendoquest.com/

One man. 30 days, 678 games. No online purchases. I


Its about a guy trying to get full of NES games without going online and it 30 days !

I have watched the first 10 mins, looking forward to sitting down later today and watching the rest


I watched this last night, it was not bad, quite interesting though, some NES games are a lot cheaper in America!
So I finally got time to watch the whole thing last night. I was disappointed a was really hoping for something more. Far to much was done “off camera” - all these “good deals” that he got not prices where mentioned even at the end of the film not even a total. Some of the scenes looked staged to me also. That whole bit with the guy in Florida on the phone looked wrong. Its worth watching just to say you have seen it. I am sure this will be very popular in North America because it deals with the NES
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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:05 pm

rocky1980 wrote:
rocky1980 wrote:
So we can add Nintendo quest to the list

http://nintendoquest.com/

One man. 30 days, 678 games. No online purchases. I


Its about a guy trying to get full of NES games without going online and it 30 days !

I have watched the first 10 mins, looking forward to sitting down later today and watching the rest


I watched this last night, it was not bad, quite interesting though, some NES games are a lot cheaper in America!
So I finally got time to watch the whole thing last night. I was disappointed a was really hoping for something more. Far to much was done “off camera” - all these “good deals” that he got not prices where mentioned even at the end of the film not even a total. Some of the scenes looked staged to me also. That whole bit with the guy in Florida on the phone looked wrong. Its worth watching just to say you have seen it. I am sure this will be very popular in North America because it deals with the NES

May give it a miss having read this. :(
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Post by The Laird » Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:42 pm

A good friend of mine was heavily involved in Nintendo Quest, haven't got the heart to tell him that it's not very good.

World 1-1 is still the best one I have seen.

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Post by The Beans » Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:50 pm

rocky1980 wrote:
rocky1980 wrote:
So we can add Nintendo quest to the list

http://nintendoquest.com/

One man. 30 days, 678 games. No online purchases. I


Its about a guy trying to get full of NES games without going online and it 30 days !

I have watched the first 10 mins, looking forward to sitting down later today and watching the rest


I watched this last night, it was not bad, quite interesting though, some NES games are a lot cheaper in America!
So I finally got time to watch the whole thing last night. I was disappointed a was really hoping for something more. Far to much was done “off camera” - all these “good deals” that he got not prices where mentioned even at the end of the film not even a total. Some of the scenes looked staged to me also. That whole bit with the guy in Florida on the phone looked wrong. Its worth watching just to say you have seen it. I am sure this will be very popular in North America because it deals with the NES
Fans of stuff like Storage Wars and Antiques Road Trip might like it then, eh?
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