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From Bedrooms to Billions (2014)

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. ... See full summary »
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Shahid Ahmad Shahid Ahmad ... Self - Interviewee
Nigel Alderton Nigel Alderton ... Self - Interviewee
Nick Alexander Nick Alexander ... Self - Interviewee
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson ... Self - Interviewee
Mike Austin Mike Austin ... Self - Interviewee
Pete Austin Pete Austin ... Self - Interviewee
Jim Bagley Jim Bagley ... Self - Interviewee
David Braben David Braben ... Self - Interviewee
Gary Bracey Gary Bracey ... Self - Interviewee
Tom Bramwell Tom Bramwell ... Self - Interviewee
Geoff Brown Geoff Brown ... Self - Interviewee
Martyn Brown Martyn Brown ... Self - Interviewee
Simon Butler Simon Butler ... Self - Interviewee
Raffaele Cecco Raffaele Cecco ... Self - Interviewee
Charles Cecil Charles Cecil ... Self - Interviewee
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'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. Developments in computer technology in the UK of the late 70's early 80's helped inspire a generation of small team enthusiasts, hobbyists, school kids, bedroom coders and entrepreneurs to make and release some truly classic games. 'From Bedrooms to Billions' tells the story of how the creativity and vision of a relatively small number of individuals allowed the UK to play a key, pioneering role in the shaping of the billion dollar video games industry, which today dominates the modern world's entertainment landscape. 'From Bedrooms to Billions' is the first to attempt to bring this amazing story together. Featuring interviews with key contributors to the UK story such as Peter Molyneux, Jeff Minter, David Braben, David Perry, Mark Healey, Jason Kingsley and many others from across video game ... Written by Nicola & Anthony Caulfield

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The UK Video Games Industry had to start somewhere!

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Matthew Smith: I did start programming at night because my TRS-80 would crash whenever the kettle was put on!
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Spin-off From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years! (2016) See more »

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Japanese
Written by Ben Daglish
Performed by Ben Daglish
Produced by Ben Daglish
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It's marvellous! And deserves its place in my select DVD collection.
19 January 2016 | by imdb-68262See all my reviews

I have to say that I absolutely loved 'From Bedrooms to Billions' – it's marvellous! I discovered it on Netflix and watching it bought back so many great childhood memories – a truly wonderful 2.5hr's of time-travelled viewing with Pong and Dizzy =)

I'm no film critic or games industry professional but as someone who enjoys documentaries, in my opinion, it is not only the best documentary in the gaming genre but probably the best narrative/account of an industry/market development 'end-to-end, or at least from beginning to the present day' – I can't think of another documentary that captures/frames an industrial/business movement/growth in as concise or interesting way.

I think it's recommended viewing for anyone interested in technology or business, let alone gaming.

It has earned a place in my select DVD collection, amongst acclaimed viewing like The Wire and Fight Club, and true greats like Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Black Sky (the brilliant documentary about Burt Rutan's development of SpaceShipOne, now known as Virgin Galactic).

From Bedrooms To Billions is one I'll certainly show, discuss and leave to my grandchildren =)


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UK

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English

Release Date:

3 October 2014 (UK) See more »

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Väter der Pixel-Monster See more »

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(original)

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16:9 HD
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