I love video games. For me, last year was the year of the “let’s play,” but I’ve since un-subscribed from lots of those channels to basically force myself to play more on my own. As a kid, I loved them and as an adult I still love them, probably even more. It brings me back to a time when life was seen through the eyes of a child, and mutated pixels on the screen were way more intense than any imagination.
And now, Zach Braff and Anchor Bay have produced a retrospective on the evolution of video games in the last 50 years. As a film, it’s a great jumping off point for somebody who has never considered the historical context of video games. Or an audience that has rarely contemplated how much work goes in to producing a video game like Donkey Kong all the way up to Assassin’s Creed. Filled with homages to graphics and the real-life programmers, VIDEO GAMES is great for casual fans of the genre. For the more intense fan, you’ve probably seen most of this before. More detailed retrospectives can easily be found by no-name YouTubers all over the internet. Further, great docs like INDIE GAME, THE VIDEO GAME YEARS or THE KING OF KONG: FISTFUL OF QUARTERS serve as proper companion pieces to this outing. Check it out!
If you’re interested, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is available on DVD and NETFLIX and “features interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, including Nolan Bushnell (Atari, Inc.), Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist Podcast), Donald Faison (Kick-Ass 2, “Scrubs”), Cliff Bleszinski (“Gears of War,” “Unreal”), Warren Spector (“Deus Ex,” “System Shock”), Hiroyuki Kobayashi (“Resident Evil”), Clare Grant (Danger Maiden Productions, Team Unicorn), Doug Tennapel (“Earthworm Jim”), Palmer Luckey (Oculus Rift), Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and Alison Haislip (“Attack of the Show”). The documentary made its way to the big screen via a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $100,000 in just 35 days .”
Notes Anchor Bay Press Release
Trehern started blogging way back in 2006 and has addressed pop culture nonsense ever since. He travels the multiverse in an attempt to answer questions no one has ever really asked, and he's at times stubborn with dangerous delusions of grandeur. He also once won then quickly lost the Destigeddon World Heavyweight Championship. At PopCultureBeast.com, he writes TREHERN READS! He also hosts the 5Cast Podcast.