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Video Games: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Animation, History | 18 July 2014 (USA)
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Learn 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Narrator (voice)
Al Alcorn ... Himself
Peter Armstrong Peter Armstrong ... Himself
Cliff Bleszinski ... Himself
Zach Braff ... Himself
Jim Brown Jim Brown ... Himself
Nolan Bushnell Nolan Bushnell ... Himself
Louis Castle Louis Castle ... Himself
Wil Wheaton ... Himself
Chloe Dykstra ... Herself
Donald Faison ... Himself
Brian Fargo ... Himself
Ed Fries Ed Fries ... Himself
Chris Hardwick ... Himself
David Crane David Crane ... Himself
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Learn 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.

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18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Video Games: O Filme See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,759, 20 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,043, 25 July 2014
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Some respective video game systems that didn't make the cut during the console timeline display were Odyssey 2 1978, Atari 5200 1982, Neo Geo 1990, Sega CD 1992, 3DO 1994, and Sega Saturn 1995 to name a few. See more »

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References Super Mario Kart (1992) See more »

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Quite the disappointment.
9 December 2014 | by Ryan_MYeahSee all my reviews

On the one hand, I love the film's concepts fine. Video games are an incredible medium (one that outshines even cinema) with such fascinating history behind them, and the evolution of the gaming business and community on screen is quite wonderful. It says something about what a great artform it is that it brings so many people from different walks of life together, and even goes so far as to create lasting friendships and marriages. We may not realize, but sometimes, those seemingly insignificant connections we have create all the difference in the world.

However, that's the extant of the film's great qualities, and the overall film is not as interesting, or too engaging to the uninitiated. The film is built firmly on nostalgia and fond recognizability, especially during frequent and awkward montages, and something like that can't sustain an entire film. It wants to show us a comprehensive history of video gaming culture, but suffers from disjointed time jumps, and the fact that the film constantly throws interesting facts at us, yet seldom does it ever expand on them. It practically rushes through the crash of 1983 in maybe three minutes, and glosses over evolutions like the early rise of third-party developers and the indie gaming scene (Although, Indie Game: The Movie provides a much more expansive detailing of that very subject). There's so much potential in this film that it sadly never realizes. I realize there has to be a point where you have to make tough choices of what to show, but it really does just fall into an "Aren't video games great" showcase.

If you're looking for a nostalgic kickback, you should enjoy yourself fine, but if you want a much more comprehensive rundown of video gaming history, you'd be better suited reading various books, or watching Machinima's "All Your History Are Belong To Us" series of YouTube videos.


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