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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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Jeremy Snead

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Jeremy Snead
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Cast

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 ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Video Games: O Filme See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,759, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:

$23,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,043
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Upon meeting Director Jeremy Snead before his filmed interview, Sean Astin became enamored with the story of the film and how independent the production truly was. Within a few weeks Sean went from being 1 of many interviews within the film to the film's Narrator. See more »

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Features Spyro the Dragon (1998) See more »

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Way Above The Skyline
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Video Games, Up Through 2014
3 November 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

"Video Games: The Movie" aims to educate and 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.

Immediately there are some concerns: the intro runs a bit too long (but the use of Queen is a good choice). And then we have the necessary interview of Wil Wheaton (who is less annoying than usual here), but also some nice unexpected gems like the creator of "Metal Gear Solid" and the president of Nintendo. And then there is Chris Hardwick, who comes across far more dorky than he does on television.

There are some interesting statistics on ages, genders of those who play and purchase video games. As people generally know, the ages have been increasing and more women are getting into the gaming scene.

The film goes somewhat into history, with Nolan Bushnell of Atari widely thought of as the father of video games. Yes, they tracked down Bushnell for an interview, and he in turn gives the "father" title to MIT scientists. We also get a nice description of pixels and "bits" for those not familiar. The history is, perhaps, too brief, with many systems getting no coverage at all, and much of it in no particular order.

We have the legendary tale of the E.T. game made in five weeks in the fall of 1982, which helped launch the term shovelware, and indirectly killed off the Atari.

If this was re-edited to be more in chronological order, it would be a stronger film, but it is not a bad one.


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