Documentaries are a great way to learn more about a favorite topic, and for us that topic would be gaming. There are a slew of gaming documentaries out there, but only a handful truly stand out. With that in mind, we’ve created a list featuring 5 of our favorites, and proudly present to you our picks for 5 Gamer Documentaries Everyone Should See…
No big surprise here as King of Kong is “the” gaming documentary that everyone should watch at least once. It’s a flick full of awkward charm, and patriotism… it’s also all about Donkey Kong which is never a bad thing. You’ll watch the trials and tribulations of Steve Wiebe as he goes for the world record on Donkey Kong, and you’ll also get to meet the villainous Billy Mitchell. There’s a reason King of Kong has an 8.2 on imdb and a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes – it’s awesome.
Second Skin is a documentary that takes a look at PC gamers who really love their MMO’s like World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Everquest. You’ll meet players who’ve found a measure of piece with their disabilities through gaming, and see what an MMO romance is like. The film also takes a look at gold-farming sweatshops and guilds among other things. It’s an interesting film, and a “must-see” if you’re into games like World of Warcraft.
Tetris. It’s a game that’s sent millions of folks into a tizzy, and it was a staple of Arcades and Game Boys for decades. Ecstasy of the Order has the distinction of being the newest film on our list of Gamer Documentaries, and it’s also a top-notch film about some of the greatest Tetris players in the world. The film covers two decades of Tetris including Thor Aackerlund’s performance in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships. It’s a great doc, and you probably won’t look at Tetris the same way after watching it.
As the name implies, High Score is a film all about player striving to reach those seemingly unobtainable scores set by masters of the game. High Score’s tagline of “One Quarter, Two Days, No Pause Button” suits the film to a tee as you watch Bill Carlton try to decimate the record for Missile Command, a record that has stood for more than 20 years. High Score takes you back to the 80s when high scores actually meant something – it also shows just how tough going for 80 million points on a quarter can be.
Don’t let the name of this one fool you. Get Lamp isn’t the name of an adult film from Brick Tamland, but it is the story of those text-based games of yesteryear. True “Adventure Games” have slowly started coming back to the forefront, but if you gamed in the 80s you know just how powerful those old story-based games can be. If you’re interested in the history of games at a time when graphics were an afterthought, Get Lamp is just the thing for you.