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Game documentaries: helping movies understand games

5 September 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Wil Jones Sep 7, 2016

Movies based on videogames tend to be awful. But documentaries about games? They're sometimes brilliant...

Hollywood has always has an awkward relationship with videogames. Studios are scared of them because they’re a threat, and something else for teenagers to spend money on instead of big summer movies. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of money in games, and Hollywood wants some of that — but they’ve never properly worked out how. Ever since 1993’s Super Mario Bros, there has been a steady stream of movies based on videogame properties, and their guaranteed awfulness has become a running joke. And while that’s slightly unfair on a few films (Raul Julia totally makes Street Fighter worthwhile), it’s not without reason.

And even when they’re not based on an actual title, attempts to make movies more broadly also tend to be terrible. The Last Starfighter, »

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Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell Will Never Be ‘The King of Kong’ Again

10 May 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released. Seth Gordon‘s now-classic documentary chronicled the world of arcade gaming championships, with the main storyline focusing on the feud between a Redmond, Washington high school teacher named Steve Wiebe who attempted to break Billy Mitchell‘s record […]

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