Video Games : The Movie - A Mini Review - Rob
From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead
Terrible. Do not waste your money on this. If you consider yourself a video game nerd, even in the slightest sense, you will not learn any new insights into video game culture. However, if you didn’t know that Nolan Bushnell created Atari, that Spacewar was one of the first multiplayer video games that was ever created, or that Cliffy B is an egomaniac, then this may be for you. Too much time was focused on an unclear narrative where they constantly skip between the past/future with no clear direction. However, the soundtrack was decent. So yeah, the best thing in the movie are songs that have nothing to do with video games
There is also too much Chris Hardwick and Wil Wheaton. I cannot stand Chris Hardwick and Wil Wheaton. I wanted more interviews with actual designers, writers, coders, etc.. This entire movie, even with it’s decent production values, comes off like a Cliff’s Notes version of the history of Video Games.
Even the narration of Samwise Gamgee can’t save this. Although it may have been saved had he mentioned something about saving the Goondocks. Maybe. Save your money and go watch King of Kong, Second Skin, or even G4 Icons (seriously, one of the best things G4 ever did) if you want some solid video game documentary entertainment.