When video games are covered and thoroughly explained in documentary form, the quality factor improves dramatically. It’s awesome when a good documentary properly covers your favorite video game or history time period of this revered past time. We’ve watched a bunch of classic docs that cover video game eras, genres, high score rivalries and certain franchises. Here are some of the best video game documentaries I’ve ever watched:
Indie Game: The Movie
Independent video games have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts during the PS3/Xbox 360 era. But what some might not realize is how difficult indie game developers’ lives can be. Thank God this film is on Netflix because it must be seen. The developmental journey of the devs behind Braid,Super Meat Boy and FEZ is a heart breaker at times. In the end though, we all get our happy ending.
Video Games the Movie
A feature length documentary chronicling the birth, rise, fall, rebirth and modern day revolution of video games. In depth interviews with the creators of the industry, icons of classic gaming and celebrities. The true & fascinating story of how the interactive industry has forever changed our society in far reaching ways.
All work all play
Watching other people play videogames has become a multimillion-dollar industry several dozen times over. Top professional gamers enjoy international celebrity and lavish lifestyles as they compete in massive arenas packed with fans. ALL WORK ALL PLAY follows Season Nine of the Intel Extreme Masters, a global pro-gaming tour that takes the hottest teams and players all around the world to compete for the championship title in their respective eSports. The tournament’s organizers guide the scene as it explodes around them, trying to mold it into a phenomenon that can last. Meanwhile, players as young as seventeen are dropping everything to go pro, throwing all they have into a do-or-die race for the grand prize.
Level Up explores the video gaming culture from the perspective of a wide range of gamers starting with casual smart phone gamers to avid, professional gamers, LAN Party organizers and video game content creators. The documentary covers a brief history of video games and their social angle, as well as the competitive aspect engendered by large-scale gaming events. This is a current and relevant topic examined through interviews and research and presented in an interesting and engaging manner.
Free to Play: The Movie
FREE TO PLAY is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, E Sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.
Street Figher Anniversary Film: I am Street Fighter
When Capcom went into celebration overdrive mode for the Street Fighter series, a dedicated cinematic piece on the series was unveiled. Street Fighter is huge, but how huge? Incredibly huge. Many of the most notable FGC members pop up here to offer their love and adoration for the series. And it’s crazy to see how much memorabilia has been released on behalf of the long-running series. The developers who crafted the many installments of Street Fighter also offer some awesome anecdotes on what makes their games so beloved.
Rise of the Video Game
Discovery Channel aired a program on video games, and it’s very entertaining. This doc is perfect for anyone who has 0 knowledge of the world of video games. Almost everything (the history, classic games, development, marketing etc.) gets a good amount of coverage in this series. The coolest part about it, though? The episodes being labeled as different levels.
So that’s it! These are the most interesting ones I found so far. I’ll keep you posted in case I bump into another. See you soon!
Angelica Lora / GamersRD