There's trouble in town and it's video games. High school students spend so much time with the electronic monsters that there's no time for schoolwork. Shucks. Written by
Steve Derby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director Greydon Clark has stated that he developed the idea for the film after seeing teenagers waiting in line to enter an arcade. He decided that an arcade-themed film could tap into that market. See more »
Videogames saved my life. The arcade was a sanctuary from the predictably dull world outside. It was a realm where I could imagine and compete with friends and technology simultaneously. My parents used to laugh at my addiction to videogames. My quarter became hours of entertainment. The arcade (I fondly remember Sharky's in Eureka, CA) was my realm and I was free. My friends had spiked hair and fake lip rings. We would spaz out and talk about who was the best at what game. I was the eleven-year-old punker King of Joust, even for a few glorious weeks until overthrown and outscored by the next monarch.
Joysticks shares that spirit. If anything, it's a campy, fun-filled representation of a 1983 that was about one thing; videogames. And videogaming was a revolution! Our Baby Boomer generation parents didn't get it, and that was powerful. I could do something they couldn't understand. Joysticks carries this message and offers an authentic look at gaming and film technologies of the time. The characters are goofy but memorable. And if there's anyone listening, please re-issue the soundtrack! File this film under "Time Capsule".
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