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Minecraft: The Story of Mojang(2012)

1h 44min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a feature-length documentary that follows the young company over the course of its first year as their profile expanded across the world stage and into the homes of millions of gamers. Featuring insights from industry icons (Peter Molyneux, Tim Schafer), journalists (Geoff Keighley, Stephen Totilo), tastemakers (Gabe & Tycho of Penny Arcade), and players profoundly impacted by the game (Yogscast, The Shaft, Minecraft Teacher), the film serves as a time capsule for one of this generation's most unorthodox success stories. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is the second feature from game culture archivists 2 Player Productions (Reformat the Planet, Penny Arcade: The Series - Season 1, Double Fine Adventure!). Funded through crowdsourcing site, the production spanned nearly two years in locations across North America and Europe.

With Markus Persson, Jens Bergensten, The Yogscast, Peter Molyneux

Video Games: The Movie(2014)

2.9/5 (with 75 votes)

From executive producer Zach Braff and director Jeremy Snead, "Video Games: The Movie" is an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, "Video Games: The Movie" is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.

Indie Game: The Movie(2012)

| 1h 43min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 173 votes)

Follows the dramatic journeys of video game developers as they create and release their games to the world. It's about making video games, but at its core, it's about the creative process, and exposing yourself through your work.

Directed by Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky - With Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, Phil Fish, Jonathan Blow

Atari: Game Over(2014)

1h 6min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 85 votes)

The Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” Rumor claims that millions of returned and unsold E.T. cartridges were buried in the desert, but what really happened there?

Directed by Zak Penn

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters(2007)

| 1h 23min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 163 votes)

In this hilarious arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to relinquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong.

Directed by Seth Gordon - With Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Brian Kuh, Doris Self

Free to Play(2014)

1h 15min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.

Nintendo Quest(2015)

1h 32min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

Homer's Odyssey meets King of Kong as two über geeks try to collect all 700+ Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges in 30 days, WITHOUT the aid of online purchasing.

Directed by Bob Iger

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters(2012)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 17 votes)

A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship. From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, right up to the present and Harry Hong's perfect "Max-Out" score, this documentary expertly chronicles over two decades of Tetris Mastery.

Directed by Adam E. Cornelius - With Thor Aackerlund

Man vs. Snake(2015)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

1984. One shiny quarter. 44.5 hours of continuous play. The race to be the first gamer in history to score one BILLION points. Until recently, Timothy McVey (not the terrorist) thought he had — for all these years — held the world record on Nibbler.

The Smash Brothers(2013)

4h 14min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Smash Brothers is a 9-part documentary series about seven of the greatest "smashers" of all time. Through years-long rivalries spanning coasts and countries, discover the passion for a game which started as a casual experience only to become a heart-pounding competitive lifestyle.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade(2007)

1h 30min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

The King of Arcades(2014)

1h 40min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Follow the rise and fall of the King of Arcades as one man pursues his dream against all odds. The King of Arcades details the life and times of punk rock musician and classic arcade collector Richie Knucklez, on his journey to cultural prominence when he takes his passion for collecting to new heights by opening an arcade business in Flemington, New Jersey, only to watch it fall in the wake of economic hardship.

Directed by Sean Tiedeman - With Walter Day
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Second Skin(2009)

1h 34min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Second Skin takes an intimate look at three sets of computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by online virtual worlds. An emerging genre of computer software called Massively Multiplayer Online games, or MMOs, allows millions of users to interact simultaneously in virtual spaces. Of the 50 million players worldwide, 50 percent consider themselves addicted.

Get Lamp(2010)

1h 18min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

GET LAMP is a documentary about interactive fiction (also known as text adventures) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott.

Directed by Jason Scott

From Bedrooms to Billions(2014)

2h 42min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

From Bedrooms to Billions is a 2014 documentary film by British filmmakers Anthony Caulfield and Nicola Caulfield that tells the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to the present day. The film focuses on 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. The film features interviews with major British game designers, journalists and musicians from across the last 30 years.

Directed by Nicola Caulfield, Anthony Caulfield - With Peter Molyneux

Playing Columbine(2008)

1h 34min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

A polarizing game, a deadly shooting, a widespread protest. For the first time, it all comes together.

Directed by Danny Ledonne

The Lost Arcade(2015)

1h 16min | History, Documentary
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Chinatown Fair opened as a penny arcade on Mott Street in 1944. Over the decades, the dimly lit gathering place, known for its tic-tac-toe playing chicken, became an institution, surviving turf wars between rival gangs, changing tastes and the explosive growth of home gaming systems like Xbox and Playstation that shuttered most other arcades in the city. But as the neighborhood gentrified, this haven for a diverse, unlikely community faced its strongest challenge, inspiring its biggest devotees to next-level greatness.

GTFO: Get The F&#% Out(2015)

1h 16min | Documentary
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Every year, the gaming community grows increasingly diverse. This has led to a clash of values and women are receiving the brunt of the consequences every day, with acts of harassment ranging from name calling to death threats. Through interviews with video game creators, journalists, and academics, GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment. GTFO begins the conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.

Thank You for Playing(2015)

1h 20min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

For the past two years, Ryan and Amy Green have been working on That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about their son Joel's fight against that disease. Following the family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall create a moving testament to the joy and heartbreak of raising a terminally ill child.

Beyond the Game(2008)

1h 11min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Warcraft III is the most popular real-time strategy computer game, thrilling over 2.5 million North Americans and 10 million people worldwide everyday. The game creates an alternate universe, where players challenge each other with a mythically-charged online world of humans, orcs, the undead, knights, and elves. In Beyond the Game, we meet - in real life and within the game - two of the game's leading figures, known as Grubby and Sky. Acclaimed filmmaker Jos de Putter tracks these Kasparovs of a new generation and a new game across the world all the way to the world championships in Seattle. A fascinating, surprising, and genuinely touching portrait, Beyond the Game is a study of, and participation in, the reformation of our communities in the internet age.

Directed by Jos de Putter - With Sky

Gaming in Color(2014)

1h 2min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

This feature length documentary explores the queer side of gaming culture and the game industry's LGBTQ presence. The GaymerX convention that took place in 2013 was a huge step forward for the queer geek community being recognized on a worldwide industry scale. In the same year, more popular mainstream and indie games featured a greater amount of gay and lesbian characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance. The video games universe will only continue to improve and diversify both in its community and industry if we elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another - not in spite of our gay geekiness, but because of it!

Moral Kombat(2009)

1h 20min | Documentary

Shot entirely in high-definition video, the full-length feature documentary studies the controversial, polarizing subject of the video game controversy through a series of interviews with experts on both sides of the matter – some believing that violent games should be banned, others supporting their protection under the First Amendment.

With David Walsh, Jack Thompson, Lorne Lanning, Greg Fischbach, American McGee, Hal Halpin, ...
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