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Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

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

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Credited cast:
Walter Day Walter Day ... Himself
Ben Gold Ben Gold ... Himself
Steve Sanders ... Himself
Kent Farries Kent Farries ... Himself
Darren Olsen Darren Olsen ... Himself
Billy Mitchell ... Himself
Ronald Bailey Ronald Bailey ... Himself
Sam Blackburn Sam Blackburn ... Himself
Mark Robichek Mark Robichek ... Himself
Todd Rogers Todd Rogers ... Himself
Robert Mruczek Robert Mruczek ... Himself
Joel West Joel West ... Himself
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Leo Daniels ... Himself
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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

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Rated R for violence, language and brief drug use

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19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Ron Bailey, featured heavily in this film, as later arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault of minors, stemming from his days as a youth athletics coach. See more »

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A more complete Screener-version leaked out on the web. It has copyrighted songs instead of the specially made synth-tunes of the retail-version. It also has an extra scene with Rob's "art" collection. See more »

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Features Pole Position (1982) See more »

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Big City
Written by Chris Holloway
Performed by Analogue Planet
Courtesy of SLS Sound, a Division of Second Look Studio
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Billy Mitchell and Mr. Awesome are back at it again!
9 February 2009 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

I don't know what it is about these Video Game docs, but they entertain at really high levels. The King of Kong was a fantastic one driven by two amazing characters who excel at Donkey Kong. And with Chasing Ghosts it gives us a closer look into the lives of the past arcade champions.

In Chasing Ghosts you get to understand the intricacies of attaining a perfect game in Pac-Man, "realizing" that Missile Command was the manliest arcade around, discovering that some high scores are folly when it comes down to playing a certain game fairly, and even that Arnold Schwarzeneggar attained all his money by being a drug-dealin whore....I kinda had hunch about that one though.

Chasing Ghosts succeeds in many fashions, but the two that spoke to me most was seeing how good they actually were. There was one guy who was just flat out sick at Centipede. If you've played that game, you know how simple it seems to be, but when watching this dude play it's utterly jaw-dropping. And the other aspect that was truly memorable was hearing the background story to each of these gamers lives. Some had very tough roads, some didn't. Friendships were made, and some were lost. Celebrities on TV shows one day, nothing the next.

With a combination of great footage of the classic era and the portrayal of a plethora of unique personalities, this is yet another fantastic documentary on video gaming. Definitely see it if you enjoyed The King of Kong or if you have any interest in gaming at all.


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