With the multi-billion-dollar gaming industry worth more than the music and film industries put together, it’s nice to catch up on gaming history with these video game documentaries:
Console Wars is a fascinating look at how Nintendo once dominated the video game market with an incredible 95% share of the market. The documentary features interviews with key players and covers the evolution of the graphics, music, and technology, including the game processors.
The film covered the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog by SEGA as way to complete head-on with Nintendo’s Super Mario. I enjoyed the commentary about the marketing of the consoles and games industry.
We hear how the worldwide popularity for buying SEGA and Nintendo fluctuated, until the introduction of Sony PlayStation.
High score is a fascinating look at the history of video games with ample interviews with game developers and industry experts. We hear how the graphics and storytelling evolved with the computer technology.
It’s great to hear about Pac-Man, Doom, Doom, Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Sonic the Hedgehog and more.
We enjoyed the series so much we were able to binge watch all episodes over a weekend.
One season with 6 episodes. Average runtime: 42 minutes
Not for Resale is a feature-length documentary on local video game stores and the final days of physical media. It’s a little repetitive with the same message – that the days of buying physical games for console is numbered. As people buy more streaming subscriptions and digital versions of games, then there is less need to visit a traditional bricks and mortar store. These game shops are adapting by selling collectibles online, and moving more towards merchandising.
Game Breakers is a documentary about exceptional gaming streamers, personalities and esports professionals. These profiles show have they are changing the face of online gaming and streaming with innovation.
The series introduces us to the real-life stories behind the personas. Season 1 profiles DieHardBirdie, Autumn Rhodes, Gary “Gizzy Gazza” Merritt, Alicia “AliciaXLife” Junus, Wolfiez, and Mr. Moss & Clutch.
“Gaming popularity is at an all-time high, as is the popularity of the industry’s personalities,” said Evan Kubes, President of Rumble Gaming. “With GameBreakers, we wanted to share an intimate, deeply personal perspective on what it takes to ascend to the top of our industry, as well as the trials and tribulations that competitors and creators experience. This also provided us with a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity and breadth of Rumble’s talent.”
“It is with great pride that we share these powerful stories of achievement by this talented cross-section of individuals from diverse geographies, backgrounds, genders and of all ages” said Frank Bertolas, Executive Producer and President of Network Productions. “GameBreakers is our third significant media release in the gaming and streaming genre, and we are already in pre-production for a Season 2 with a new slate of high-profile subjects.”
GameBreakers website: https://www.gamebreakers.online/
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Rumble Gaming is a Global Talent Agency and Media Company that bridges the gap between brands and the gaming and esports ecosystem through partnership opportunities, influencer marketing, content creation, and distribution.
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