Video Games: The Movie (2014) - Documentary, Animation, History

Hohum Score

87

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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.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Jeremy Snead
Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 6 out of 25 found boring (24%)

One-line Reviews (21)

What is presented to us as a documentary is in fact a propaganda film that consists mostly in a series self satisfactory interviews of people of the industry who tries to convince you that video games is the greatest, most sophisticated, most advanced form of art.

Prepare to watch the time-line fly forward, and then backward, and then forward, and then backward, making it possible to understand where you are in the disjointed story.

In between, this moments of galactic void, a few uninteresting statistics and facts of common knowledge are quickly presented.

It's a fun overview of gaming, with plenty of enjoyable parts to make you nostalgic and entertained, done in that very slick, polished US Hollywood kind of way.

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.

One of the most still played and loved game in the world, Tetris, has no story at all.

All in all I found it to be disappointing and a waste of time.

Terrible, lopsided and painfully boring .

Yes, I enjoyed it, and will purchase the DVD when it comes out next month as I love documentaries on the gaming industry.

Boring and disjointed .

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.

it's enjoyable enough...

just rather bland.

basically all stuff you already knew because it was completely obvious, or didn't want to know, because it's too boring.

Maybe I'm biased because I do love technology but for me at least I really enjoyed it, far more than most documentaries which a lot of the time is outdated and I find frustrating.

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.

One of the most talkative and fascinating souls in the film is Cliff Bleszinski, known for creating the Gears of War video game series.

In this documentary, first time feature writer/director Jeremy Snead, gives us this intriguing movie about the history of video games, how they came to be, evolved and continue to endure today.

Just imagine how much slower the world would move without it.

There are long montages of pictures and it feels slow.

As someone who loves technology, watching the history and cultural aspects of the gaming world was intriguing and inspiring.