Video Games: The Movie

 (101)6.11 h 41 min201413+
Video Games: The Movie, narrated by Sean Astin, features a who's who of game designers, celebrities, and industry pioneers chronicling the birth, rise, fall, rebirth, and modern-day revolution of video games. From Pong and Pac-Man to Xbox and E-Sports, this is the definitive documentary on gaming.
Directors
Jeremy Snead
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Sean AstinZach BraffNolan Bushnell
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DocumentarySpecial Interest
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English [CC]
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English
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Hideo KojimaCliff BleszinskiRandy PitchfordErnie ClineMikey NeumannAlison HaislipChris HardwickReggie Fils-AiméDonald FaisonDon JamesMichele MorrowWil WheatonMax LandisAl AlcornDavid CraneDavid PerryChloe DykstraBrian FargoPeter MolyneuxFrancis MaoWarren DavisBrittany BombacherJimmy FallonConan ObrienPalmer LuckeyMark MerrillMark ReinYoshinori OnoPhil SpencerTommy Tallarico
Producers
Zach BraffCliff BleszinskiDavid Perry
Studio
Mediajuice Studios / Jeremy Snead
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4.2 out of 5 stars

101 global ratings

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d. rightReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
great movie but it needs sequels because it left out soooooooooooooo much
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its a bit convoluted in its presentation but its great it has tons of great interviews ! it has so much to offer in only 90 minutes.. and yet they seem to focus too much on one aspect of gaming, like nintendo, while completely ignoring others! they mention the actual video arcades where it really got started, but not enough. But then its super annoying how they COMPLETELY DID NOT EVEN MENTION THE COMMODORE 64 OR THE AMIGA 500! these systems had way better games than NINTENDO did! while other kids were playing nintendo, I was playing games like ultima or pool of radiance. They did not mention at all games like dance revolution or In the groove. they did not mention at all so many important games. Games like the kind that you sit inside of and they move. games like the kind where you ride a biccycle and fly around popping balloons. They did not mention mame and how these arcade games can be played on a pc. they did not mention so many note worthy kinds of games. They didn't even mention wolfenstein 3d, which is basically like the origins of all call of duty and fps games that exist today! but at the same time, to mention all the games ever made you would need like a movie thats at least ten hours long. still they should of at least mentioned the computer game scene instead of acting like atari and nintendo was the only way to play video games in the 80's, because it certainly was not! They didnt talk about xbox connect which was a big thing for a while. They didnt mention important games like card games that have been ported over to video games, like magic the gathering . Surely there was enough time to at least mention all of these things, if not explore them!
The SeansterReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Historic, Nostalgic & Edutational! It Took Me Back To My Teenage Years As An Arcade Enthusiast!
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This item arrested in a timely manner both intact & undamaged. The media content on the DVD was historic, nostalgic and edutational! Very historically informative when covering the early years of arcades, gaming consoles, pinball machines, full--sized arcade cabinets, etc. It took me back to my early years growing up as a teenage arcade enthusiast. I'll never forget those teenage years of mine back in the 1970s & the early to mid--1980s. Arcades were THE places to be (the only other exception would be a good movie or movies playing at the local movie theatres). I still remember the 3--D "ZAXXON," the "SPACE ACE," "DRAGON'S LAIR," & other laser disc powered arcade games! They were SO AWESOME for their time! Very technologically revolutionary for the period. Still saddened & very disappointed by the fact that no one could duplicate the same graphics & visuals on the console versions of the full--sized arcade games (until now that is). Definitely worth buying! Would highly recommend it!
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Holt SlackReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good
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As has been stated in previous reviews, this movie is very selective in its assigning of credit. It seems most videogame advancements took place either by Nintendo or Sony - Sega and Microsoft are mostly an afterthought until the later part of the movie. The Dreamcast was not called out for its online components and neither was Xbox Live. Many of its opinions aren't as deep as one would expect from a documentary, including the outdated idea of one game causing the crash of 1983. Overall it's an interesting study of videogameS as cultural icons and their effects on society. A pretty good watch and worth the time.
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ELLE WReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lackluster and Disappointing
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This documentary is all over the place - it jumps to and from different timelines to try to tell different pieces of the story instead of telling a good chronological history. There are far too many interviews with random celebrities or people who, frankly, were not that significant to gaming history and all they do is simply explain how video games meant a lot to them or changed their life. The story of video games is a fantastic story with great "characters" who went through great hardships or conflicts to bring their visions to life. THAT is a story that is worth telling but this documentary doesn't tell it.
William BakerReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgia cash in
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It seems like continually the only method of these *documentaries* is a nostalgia cash in.
I expect concrete information and loads of interviews with actual industry people not 3rd hand accounts, not base line historical tidbits, and certainly not "interviews" with 4th rate geek actors who shouldn't even remotely be starring in any form of documentary outside of their experience.
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JessterReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Nintendo: The Documentary
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This is great if you are a lover of Nintendo because in this documentary they can do no wrong. Totally skips over any contribution Sega or Microsoft made to gaming.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun to reminisce - good stuff!
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Wow - this is like a timeline of my life! I'm from the first gen of "gamers", although that concept didn't exist when I was a kid. Loved seeing all these old titles and consoles, loved the interviews with the original creators - so cool. Could've been about 15 mins shorts movie, but really good stuff!
JenniferReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
fun watch
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Fun movie to see and it was great to view some old ones I grew up on. Interesting to see where the future will go with playing games!
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