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The Video Craze (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Sport | 13 July 2013 (USA)
A documentary on classic video arcade collectors across North America. Those who were the first to look into the neon haze of a vector/raster screen and fall in love. The first quarter poppers, the "vidiots" who never grew up.

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A documentary on classic video arcade collectors across North America. Those who were the first to look into the neon haze of a vector/raster screen and fall in love. The first quarter poppers, the "vidiots" who never grew up.

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Where were you in '82?
18 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where was I in 1982? The sights and sounds of the arcade are a fond memory for many people who grew up in the 1980's. I use the term 'grew up' loosely, as it's pretty subjective. For those who were young in the early 1980's,the arcade was the place to be. The physical environment which made up the arcade was overwhelming to the senses. It was a place to gather, to socialize, to relax, to compete, and to enjoy. When the arcades disappeared and gave way to the home console, that social avenue also vanished. The arcade wasn't just about playing video games; playing them at home cannot compare. Fast forward to the 1990's and beyond - those who want to continue playing the games of the 1980's arcade are able to do so in an environment that safely allows for kids of this generation to enjoy...at home. Dave Danzara's documentary, The Video Craze, passionately explores the arcade collecting community, and their desire to sustain the joys of the 1980's social arcade experience by bringing the games home. There have been other films which explore arcade gaming or even collecting for home use, but The Video Craze manages to do more than that. The film is completely entertaining, with excellent use of candid interviews, intermittent humor, a well-organized time line, and a fantastically appropriate soundtrack featuring music from Rosso Corsa Records and Tonite Records. The overall feel is nostalgic and light-hearted, absolutely positive and fun - everything you'd expect when documenting a subject about classic arcade gaming. If you remember the arcade culture of the early 1980's or simply enjoy a fun documentary which is well directed, entertaining with great music, then The Video Craze should be on your 'must see' list. Game on!


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