Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade- May 20th

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)
English- Documentary
Not Rated
Runtime- 90 min.
dir. Lincoln Ruchti
 

So this film sounds really nerdy, and quite frankly, it is exactly that.

It centers around the Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard for arcade video games.  Started by Walter Day in 1982, the scoreboard kept track of the top players in the arcades across the country.  The film tracks down and interviews the players, now middle-aged, who were a part of this revolution in entertainment.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

The narrative manages to tell the story of the rise and fall of arcade culture, while also delving into the lives of its superstars.

Acting: 2/2

It’s really cool to see how these stars of yesterday ended up later in their lives.  They are realer than real, and really strange at times.

Photography/Set: 1/2

A little sub-par, especially for the world of lower budget docs.

Sound/FX: 2/2

They did do well to capture the sound effects of the arcade games, as well as to encapsulate  the overall “feel” of each game.

Misc: 1.5/2

A very interesting look at the people who first brought video games into the view of popular culture.

VERDICT: 8/10

Anybody who calls themselves a “gamer” needs to see this film.

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