Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Looking For Group: World of Warcraft Documentary

By Philippa Warr on November 6th, 2014.

Azeroth's finest

This weekend’s BlizzCon will see the premiere of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft documentary, Looking For Group. According to the blurb:

“Celebrate 10 years of adventure, camaraderie, and /dancing on mailboxes all around Azeroth. Explore the history of WoW with its creators, and journey into corners of Blizzard and the WoW community you’ve never seen before.”

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‘Ere We Go – League Of Legends: Road To Worlds

By Ben Barrett on September 10th, 2014.

It is very weird, having been interested in DIGITAL SPORTS for as long as I can remember, for it to now be old enough and big enough to have fancy documentaries. Riot’s offering is their Road To Worlds series, looking at the teams and players competing in the Season 4 World Championship from September 18th. The first of three parts is out now. ‘The Beginning’ charts a brief history of competitive LoL through Seasons 1 and 2, showcasing the players that won those tournaments and are still playing. The other two episodes will be released in the coming week in the run up to the start of the finals.

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Outerlands, Six-Part Documentary Hits Kickstarter Target

By Graham Smith on February 14th, 2014.

Let's hope they get out of San Fran as much as possible.

There are 32 hours to go on the Outerlands: Season One videogame documentary Kickstarter, but it’s already surpassed its $210,000 target. Produced by the makers of The 1UP Show, it’s a six-part documentary series on the culture of videogames.

There’s a pitch video through on the Kickstarter page which explains more, and a representative short which I’ve embedded below.

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Indie Film Making: Us And The Game Industry

By John Walker on March 1st, 2012.

Those guys.

Indie Game: The Movie isn’t the only movie about, er, indie games. There’s another in the works, featuring the likes of Jenova Chen, Jason Rohrer, Edmund McMillen, Petri Purho, ThatGameCompany, along with many others, called Us And The Game Industry. And it’s fair to say they have similar themes. The major difference being, Indie Game: The Movie is finished, while Us And The Game Industry is stalled, needing more funding. You can see the trailer below.

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Minecraft: The Movie – Mojang Documentary

By John Walker on February 21st, 2011.

This is how I view the real world now.

A new documentary by 2-Player Productions went online today, focusing on the story of Minecraft. Visiting Sweden, meeting with Markus “Notch” Persson, they have created a 20 minute short, which they hope to expand to a feature-length film if they can receive the Kickstarter funding they’re after. The full video is available to watch on GameTrailers today, and everywhere else from tomorrow. And you can watch it below. Make sure to kick in some cash if you’d like to see more over here.

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Games Britannia Gets Digital

By John Walker on December 16th, 2009.

A trustworthy face.

There’s something magical in Britain. It’s called BBC Four. Bear with me if you’re a Briton, you’re likely acutely aware of the channel, and how it’s a BBC cable channel for higher-brow programming, a mix of documentary, drama and comedy that perhaps doesn’t possess the mainstream appeal necessary for one of the terrestrial Beeb channels. For those abroad it’s – oh, I’ve cleverly already said. And over the last couple of weeks there’s been a series of hour-long documentaries by Benjamin Woolley, Games Britannia, on the history of gaming. And we’re talking the long view.

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Second Skin: The MMO Documentary

By Alec Meer on August 12th, 2009.

I’ve not had the chance to watch all of this yet, because the idea of observing moving images whilst listening to dialogue seems like a frightening impossibility to me. What will they think of next? If you, however, are convinced you can embrace this ‘video’ medium, perhaps you should watch Second Skin – a 90 minute documentary about how and why people spend so much time in online worlds, and some potential repurcussions of it. Online relationships, for instance – one guy reveals that, upon finally meeting his Everquestian beau in real life, she threatened him with a knife. To counter that kind of thing, there’s the raw, racuous of joy of one couple’s wedding conducted both in the real world (“henceforth you will no longer be two, but one”) and in-game (“from this time forward, you will share the name “Soulslayerrrrrrrr”).
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Rise Of The Videogame – Discovery

By John Walker on November 24th, 2007.

For those lucky enough to be in the US (or indeed those who come by their television through mystical futuristic means), there’s a new Discovery documentary that should be on everyone’s TIVO/hard drive. Rise Of The Videogame.

rise of the videogame

Unlike so many programmes about videogames, Rise Of demonstrates a depth of research and work that lifts it above the usually banal, patronising rubbish that television normally produces on the subject. It interviews all the right people, knows to show clips of all the right games, and makes the assumption that you’ve already a basic knowledge of the subject.

The first episode (of five hour-long documentaries) explores the birth of videogaming, and takes the Cold War as its allegorical guide. After discussing oscilloscopes being hacked to play a tennis game, it moves on to the enigmatic Steve Russell talking about how he created Spacewar!, comparing the original nature of gaming (shooting things, missiles, explosions, etc) with the American culture of fear surrounding the tensions with the USSR; how it was, “Born out of Cold War anxiety and nurtured in the era of counterculture.”

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