Game Documentaries

by robertgreen33 | created - 15 May 2018 | updated - 01 Jul 2018 | Public

A list of Video Game and Pinball Documentaries

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1. From Bedrooms to Billions (2014)

150 min | Documentary

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield | Stars: Shahid Ahmad, Nigel Alderton, Nick Alexander, Chris Anderson

Votes: 436

2. From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years! (2016)

152 min | Documentary

How the Commodore Amiga helped influence a generation of Developers to take Video Gaming to a whole new level.

Directors: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield | Stars: Shahid Ahmad, Richard Aplin, Brian Bagnall, Kellyn Beeck

Votes: 274

3. Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship. From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Cornelius | Stars: Thor Aackerlund, Pat Contri, Harry Hong, Jesse Kelkar

Votes: 1,351

4. 8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars (2016)

100 min | Documentary

When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting ... See full summary »

Director: Tomaso Walliser | Stars: Chuck Peddle, Jack Tramiel, Steve Wozniak, Bil Herd

Votes: 131

5. Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

R | 90 min | Documentary

1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

Director: Lincoln Ruchti | Stars: Walter Day, Ben Gold, Steve Sanders, Kent Farries

Votes: 1,284

6. Atari: Game Over (2014)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Votes: 5,360

7. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience (2012)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today.

Director: Brad Crawford | Stars: Brian Ashcraft, Daigo Umehara, Aaron Chmielowiec, Mike Ross

Votes: 134

8. All Work All Play (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

This Is a documentary about life and struggle of people for becoming professional gamers.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Judy Barbosa, Søren Bjerg, Michal Blicharz, Jarett Cale

Votes: 787

9. Game Loading: Rise of the Indies (2015)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

GameLoading Rise of the Indies is a feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers, their craft, their games, their dreams, and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture.

Directors: Anna Brady, Lester Francois | Stars: Shawn Allen, Robin Arnott, Mark Backler, Kathryn Barrett

Votes: 296

10. Gamer Age (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

An anthropological look into the rich culture of video games.

Director: Ian Santer | Stars: Brent Bushnell, Nolan Bushnell, Joe Ciaramelli, Holly Conrad

Votes: 68

11. Get Lamp (2010)

78 min | Documentary

With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Scott Sadofsky | Stars: Ernest Adams, Scott Adams, Hollywood Anderson, Jim Aspnes

Votes: 736

12. High Score (2006)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Although technology continues to evolve, a group of die-hard gamers refuses to abandon the classic arcade games of yesteryear. The 80's live on for these enthusiasts, who compete against ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Mack | Stars: Bill Carlton, Robert Mruczek, Terry Nelson, Todd Rogers

Votes: 254

13. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,642

14. King of Chinatown (2010)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

King of Chinatown takes an in-depth look at the culture of video games, an industry that has evolved into a worldwide, multi-billion dollar phenomenon. Filmmaker Calvin Theobald follows ... See full summary »

Directors: Jordan Levinson, Calvin Theobald | Stars: Justin Wong, Isaiah TriForce Johnson, Daigo Umehara, Ryan Gutierrez

Votes: 118

15. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 33,457 | Gross: $0.68M

16. The King of Arcades (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Follow the rise and fall of the King of Arcades as one man pursues his dream against all odds.

Director: Sean Tiedeman | Stars: Ralph H. Baer, Tim Balderamos, Greg Bond, Jerry Buckner

Votes: 459

17. The Lost Arcade (2015)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This documentary explores how the arcade became a shelter to a community as diverse as the ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Vincent | Stars: Anthony Cali, Henry Cen, Akuma Hokoru, Seth Killian

Votes: 169 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Nintendo Quest (2015)

TV-PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

In this all-encompassing documentary on Nintendo, gaming enthusiast Jay Bartlett hits the open road with best friend Rob McCallum in hopes of buying the 678 official retail-licensed ... See full summary »

Director: Robert McCallum | Stars: Thor Aackerlund, Jay Bartlett, Syd Bolton, Joe Bonasia

Votes: 811

19. The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Beginning with Space Invaders in 1978, arcade games began to appear everywhere. By 1982, there were 13,000 dedicated arcade locations across North America. It was the Golden Age of Arcade ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Von Ward | Stars: Chris Alcott, Pete Ashdown, Jean Baudin, Deb Bazzano

Votes: 109

20. Special When Lit (2009)

G | 97 min | Documentary

What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon. A product of the mechanical and ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Sullivan | Stars: Roger Sharpe, Rick Stetta, Sam Harvey, Tim Arnold

Votes: 559

21. The Future of Pinball (2006)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

In 1998 pinball was dying, thanks to a saturated market and shrinking player base. Williams, the world's largest pinball manufacturer, planned to abandon the game in favor of the more ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Maletic | Stars: Duncan Brown, Larry DeMar, George Gomez, Steve Kordek

Votes: 153

22. Us and the Game Industry (2014)

90 min | Documentary

Experience recent designs for video games in the 21st Century. The developers, their peers and the world of support structures for these expose the magic explored in a number of games. ... See full summary »

Director: Stephanie Beth

Votes: 68

23. The Video Craze (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary on classic video arcade collectors across North America. Those who were the first to look into the neon haze of a vector/raster screen and fall in love. The first quarter poppers, the "vidiots" who never grew up.

Director: Dave Danzara | Stars: Bryan Armitage, Nathan Barnatt, Chris Connally, Dave Danzara

Votes: 90

24. Video Games: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Animation, History

40 Metascore

Learn how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers.

Director: Jeremy Snead | Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Peter Armstrong, Cliff Bleszinski

Votes: 5,209 | Gross: $0.02M

25. The Commodore Story (2018)

120 min | Documentary

The Commodore Story of the PET Vic20 C64 and Amiga from engineers, games developers and how Commodore influenced the first 8-bit generation users.

Director: Steven Fletcher | Stars: Rob Hubbard, Bil Herd, Ben Daglish, R.J. Mical

Votes: 303

26. Viva Amiga (2017)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

In a world of green on black, they dared to dream in color. 1985: An upstart team of Silicon Valley mavericks created a miracle: the Amiga computer. A machine made for creativity. For games... See full summary »

Director: Zachary Weddington | Stars: Trevor Dickinson, Dave Haynie, R.J. Mical, Dave Needle

Votes: 183



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