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History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:02 pm

I like to make movies, and know a lot about (and love) video games, so I am thinking of making a documentary on the history of it all. Does it sound interesting? Is there anything you would want to see in it? How should I distribute it? I am looking for suggestions. :)

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby SBG » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:53 pm

I would watch old 80s/90s movies about video games(NOT based on video games). I can't remember any of the names, but I know there are a few, one in particular with Fred Savage.

Also watch an old internet show called "Gaming in the Clinton Years", and Screw Attack shows like Video Game Vault and Angry Video Game Nerd. That should give you a decent insight into the history of gaming.

Just don't make it into a giant video game review.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:08 pm

I already know a lot about the history. What do you mean by "Just don't make it into one giant video game review?" ;)

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby SBG » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:21 pm

Not sure how I can be more specific about that :lol:

Don't make it a bunch of game reviews put together?

Concentrate more on the technology and advances in programming rather than the games themselves.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:06 am

Don't worry, I will talk about the games, but I won't go through the pros and cons of each. ;)

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby serrafina » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:17 pm

I'm with SBG. Only mention games that actually opened or effected video games in general. For instance, I would recommend the video game Halo because it's the first game that offered actual consquences for shooting team mates. Because of this event gaining positive reviews from the audience, several video game industries used this event in their games like Fable, etc.. I'm not entirely sure if this is accurate because most video games at this time also allowed users to enable or disable friendly fire like in 007, etc.

So, I would love the documentary to really focus on the evolving features and limit the video games mentioned.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:01 pm

I agree, but if I am going to make a history, I am going to have to talk about some games. I will talk about the first RPG, or first platformer, or the very first video game because it started something. ;)

It is hard to make a movie about the history of something without mentioning anything. :)

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby serrafina » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:56 pm

That's what we mean. You just need to make sure the games you're going to mention are examples of games that are crucial from video game history. Don't overextend upon each game, because it's really about the whole history of video games. Always make sure it sticks into your thesis. Sure, there's some room to explain the importance of what the game is and why it is important, but always review your paper about what's am I trying to inform or what do I want people to know. But aside the limited amount of games mention, it really boils down to the article you write as an author. I'm just giving you an opinion as one of the audience you're writing to.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:57 pm

Yep. I understand. Any more comments or suggestions? I am thinking of getting this rolling during the early summer.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Ixayou » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:12 am

Mention the oldest arcade games, like that tennis one where there are two lines going up and down and a dot going between them.
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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Tabula Rasa » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:08 pm

Lol, you mean Pong?

http://www.filibustercartoons.com/games.htm
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Super Mario Bros
Doom

These seem to be the common line.
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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:24 pm

Thanks for the link. That may help a bit. Any more comments, suggestions or anything? :)

I have a problem. I do not have a microphone. What should I use? Text-to-speech software? :lol:
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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby SBG » Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:43 pm

No way :lol:

You need an actual decent microphone. I wouldn't spend less than 80 bucks on one. Also, you need a good speaking voice. Without that, you may as well use a Mr. Rogers soundboard.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:15 am

Where would I find one though? Where do they sell microphones??? :|

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby SBG » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:50 am

Best Buy, Radio Shack, any electronics store really.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Tabula Rasa » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:31 pm

Amazon.com has some good prices.
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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby haraldx » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:39 pm

As far as I know any internet shop that has any computer tech for sale. Remember to mention Wolfenstein3D - the first fps game where you control fully your character.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:24 pm

haraldx wrote:As far as I know any internet shop that has any computer tech for sale. Remember to mention Wolfenstein3D - the first fps game where you control fully your character.


I know. I won't forget. The research for this is pretty hard though, with all the tech and new genres and that. Any tips? ;)

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby sonic swordmaster » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:02 pm

Learn about the consoles, arcades, and pc hardware first. Then move on to the games that went with those things.
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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby Wonderland » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:11 pm

There is so many consoles. Should I just discuss the most innovative? I am finding it hard researching the games. There is so many innovative games, and so many evolving genres that this documentary may last for hours. How do I cut that down?

By the way, I believe the microphone problem is sorted out.

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Re: History of Video Games Documentary

Postby sonic swordmaster » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:33 pm

for now start with the old school consoles. focus on nintendo, sega, and artari, then some of the arcade classics such as pac man. no need to mention the cutting edge stuff just yet.
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