by peculiar-1 | created - 04 Dec 2013 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Videogame Documentaries. Others not on IMDB: - Thumb Candy (Talkback 2000): British made history of videogames - G4M3RS (2003): A look at the beginnings of Half-Life Counter-Strike and the CPL - Gameheadz: The History of Video Games (2004 Leopard Films): The birth of videogames, made for Discovery Channel - FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community (HoldBackToBlock 2016): Competitive fighting game doco - Cultivation: House of Snake Eyez - More Than A Game (Pretty Good Productions) - Chinatown Fair (Mark Hayes) - I Am Street Fighter (Capcom 2012) - Thanks For Playing (2013) - Fight Night: The Melbourne Street Fighter Arcade Community (2011) - EVO: A Documentary (2012) - DOWN RIGHT FIERCE: A Look Inside Competitive Gaming (2014) - Gamers: Beyond the Game (2016): FRENCH Follows the lives of 3 e-sport champions

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1. 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: 1,276

2. 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: 252

3. 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: 548

4. 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: 132

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: 449

8. 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: 153 | Gross: $0.01M

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

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

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: 33,250 | Gross: $0.68M

10. Doctor Kong (2011)

18 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Blood,boobs and video games in a feel-good comedy! Doctor Kong: Cutting up the Competition follows New York plastic surgeon Hank Chien's year-long journey as he challenges the Donkey Kong ... See full summary »

Director: Alexis Neophytides | Stars: Mark Alpiger, Baldwin Chien, Hank Chien, Ben Falls

Votes: 31

11. Meet the New Kings of Kong (2013)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Motherboard attended The Kong Off 3 in Denver, where we spent four loopy days in a dark arcade documenting the action-packed rivalry between two of Donkey Kong's fiercest adversaries: Hank ... See full summary »

Stars: Jourdan Adler, Hank Chien, Vincent Lemay, George Leutz

Votes: 15

12. 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

13. Electric Theatre Arcade (2012 Video)

19 min | Documentary, Short, History

Mike Freeland is a collector of classic video arcade games. He is determined to open up a full scale 1980s style arcade. This process involves finding the old games and restoring them, as ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Johnson | Stars: Dave Farley, Mike Freeland, Dwight Hilbrenner, Ken McClain

14. Tetris: From Russia with Love (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The story behind the fiendishly addictive game, a tale of high stakes, intimidation and legal feuds set against the backdrop of Cold War tensions between East and West.

Director: Magnus Temple | Stars: Phil Adam, Evgeni Nikolaevich Belikov, Randy Broweleit, Dervla Kirwan

Votes: 171

15. 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: 790

16. Living the Game (2017)


A documentary about a variety of professional Esports personalities following them throughout the course of about a year. The focus is on Ultra Street Fighter IV players, and primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Takao Goutsu | Stars: Daigo Umehara, Momochi, Gamerbee

Votes: 28

17. Bang the Machine (2002)

80 min | Documentary

A documentary of an exhibition tournament in Japan showing the difference between American and Japanese gaming cultures.

Director: Tamara Katepoo | Stars: John Choi, Joey Cuellar, Jason Apoc Gonzalez, Seth Killian

Votes: 38

18. 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: 117

19. Focus: A Documentary (2010)

71 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

FOCUS is a documentary about Mike Ross, an average 26-year-old African-American, unemployed college graduate, who happens to be one of the world's best video game players. The documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Hwang | Stars: Ryan Gutierrez, Eliver Ling, Jonathan Ross, Jonathan Marcus Ross

Votes: 44

20. I Got Next (2011)

97 min | Documentary

I Got Next" is a documentary on the fighting game community. It follows four prominent players, Justin Wong, Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, Joe "iloveu" Ciaramelli and Mike Ross through their ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cofino | Stars: Ryan Gutierrez, Joe Ciaramelli, Justin Wong, Mike Ross

Votes: 89

21. Here Comes a New Challenger (2012)

53 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

A documentary about fighting friends, and the rise of an underdog.

Director: Corey Hague

22. Second Skin (2008)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games.

Director: Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza | Stars: Dan Bustard, Ashley Esqueda, Andrew Monkelban, Nick Yee

Votes: 719

23. Love Child (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Crime, News

The story of a South Korean couple, who were immersed in an online game called Prius Online, while their baby named, Sarang, died of malnutrition.

Director: Valerie Veatch | Stars: Caitlin Mehner, Alexis Rhee, Gabrielle Chan

Votes: 262

24. Pixels and Polygons: An Indie Game Developer Story (2013)

75 min | Documentary

Pixels and Polygons: An Indie Game Developer Story is at it's core, a self shot documentary being produced to give insight into the life of a "starving artist", or in this case, an ... See full summary »

Votes: 15

27. Frag (2008)

88 min | Documentary

Below the surface of a simple game is an underbelly of corruption, money, partying, drugs, and even death.

Director: Mike Pasley | Stars: Michal Blicharz, Rafik Bryant, Walter Day, Sassan Dibadj

Votes: 246

28. Free to Play (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Action

Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.

Stars: Benedict Lim, Danil Ishutin, Clinton Loomis, Toby Dawson

Votes: 12,697

29. Dota: We, the Community (2015)

19 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary film about the history of a computer game that was created as a custom idea by a private individual and turned into a multi million dollar industry.

Director: Moritz Zimmermann | Stars: Gabe Newell, Erik Johnson, Jacob Toft-Andersen, Toby Dawson

Votes: 309

31. Game On! The Unauthorized History of Video Games (2006 TV Movie)


CNBC examines the history of the video game industry from the first tennis game developed for an oscilloscope to the Atari and video arcade game boom of the early 1980s. It looks at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Griffeth, Steve L. Kent, Ralph H. Baer, Keith Feinstein

Votes: 17

33. How Video Games Changed the World (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Charlie Brooker takes you on a journey through time to show the most influential video games on everyday life.

Directors: Al Campbell, Marcus Daborn, Graham Proud, Dan Tucker | Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Alcorn, Malorie Blackman, David Braben

Votes: 569

34. Gameswipe (2009 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Comedy

Charlie Brooker sets his caustic sights on video games. Expect acerbic comment as he looks at the various genres, how they have changed since their early conception and how the media ... See full summary »

Director: Al Campbell | Stars: Charlie Brooker, Dara O Briain, Graham Linehan, Rab Florence

Votes: 446

35. The Video Game Revolution (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

A light-hearted look at the worldwide phenomenon of video games, and how they have revolutionized technology and forever changed popular culture.

Stars: Greg Palmer, Seamus Blackley, Nolan Bushnell, Megan Gaiser

Votes: 78

36. Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

From "Pong" to "Pac Man" and "Super Mario" to "Lara Croft", "Doom", "Grand Theft Auto" and everything in between - it's the story of the videogame revolution.

Votes: 58

37. 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: 5,187 | Gross: $0.02M

38. The Video Game Years (2012– )


A TV show that examines the history, culture and oddities of video games. Each episode focuses on a specific year and the influential games of that year.

Stars: Pat Contri, John Delia, Joey Desena, Ian Ferguson

Votes: 76

39. King of Con! (2012)


A look into the backstory of the King of Kong documentary, the secret payoffs and the Donkey Kong champion left out of the film.

Stars: Tim Sczerby, Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day

Votes: 13

40. The Perfect Fraudman (2012)

A look into the backstory behind the Perfect Pac-Man, including evidence of who really may have played it first.

Stars: Billy Mitchell, Tim Balderamos, Chris Ayra, Walter Day

Votes: 11

41. Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

If you ever played the game "Snake" on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with "Nibbler," the original "snake" game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Kinzy, Andrew Seklir | Stars: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Enrico Zanetti, Tina McVey

Votes: 2,207

42. Polybius: The Video Game That Doesn't Exist (2017)

69 min | Documentary

A special that tries to track down the origins of the infamous game Polybius, which may or may not exist.

Director: Stuart Brown | Stars: Kimi Ahk, Stuart Brown, Larry Bundy Jr., Bce Ghost

Votes: 39

43. 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: 1,332

44. 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

45. 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: 5,298

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