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Video: Vintage Games Book Italian Edition

Bill Loguidice shows the Italian translation of Vintage Games, which is available at www.vintagegames.it, and discusses the book in general, as well as the upcoming feature film from Lux Digital Pictures, Gameplay.

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Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution

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Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution, is a feature film documentary that celebrates the amazing story of videogames, focusing on the industry's most decisive moments throughout its history. Comprehensive in scope, the film covers games from all genres and platforms, from the late 1950s into modern times. Featuring interviews with industry greats such as Nolan Bushnell (Atari), John Romero (Doom), David Crane (Pitfall!), Steve Meretzky (Planetfall), Todd Howard (Fallout 3), and John Smedley (EverQuest) - plus many others - Gameplay offers an in-depth look at the industry that has redefined popular entertainment. The film explores the impact of mega-hits such as Atari's Pong, Nintendo's Super Mario Bros., and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, as well as the role played by revolutionary technologies like the CD-ROM and the Internet. Loaded with high-quality clips from hundreds of vintage and modern games, Gameplay is a film no gamer can resist.

The film is being written and produced for Lux Digital Pictures by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton, authors of Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (Focal Press, 2009), Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games (A.K. Peters, 2008), and Wii Fitness for Dummies (Wiley, 2010). Matt and Bill are also the founders of Armchair Arcade, recognized by PC Magazine as one if its Top 100 Websites. Lux Digital Pictures has produced several recent, critically acclaimed documentaries, including Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue and American Grindhouse, which covers the history of horror and exploitation films, respectively. While Gameplay naturally touches upon controversial topics such as violence and sex in games, the overall tone is overwhelmingly positive. Lifelong, passionate gamers themselves, Barton and Loguidice are committed to ensuring accuracy, fairness, and integrity in all the topics covered in the film.

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Feature Film Documentary on Videogames - Looking for new and archival media

As you may already know, we're working on a major feature film documentary on videogames, tentatively titled, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution, which is through Lux Digital Pictures, responsible for such features as Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film and American Grindhouse. We're presently in the process of gathering the last of the important footage and would like to round it out with archive materials, commercials, promotional videos and other media - past and present - that would be relevant to the documentary. While we're presently in negotiations with most major videogame companies, we're always on the lookout for more, more, more. If you're a rights holder, archivist, work for a videogame company (even one of the big ones), etc., and would like to contribute materials, please get in contact with me at bill@armchairarcade.com. The film is going to be a celebration of the positive aspects of videogames (and computers) through a vivid historical narrative that takes viewers right through to the present day (and beyond) and features interviews with top industry pros and quite a bit of in-game footage, a lot of which has never been seen before in this type of format. Thanks for the help in making this even better!

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The 100 Sci Fi Movies To See Before You Die

Nicole at the Only Good Movies Blog was kind enough to give us the heads up about a new feature they're running called, The 100 Sci Fi Movies to See Before You Die. Included on the list at number 26 is "Deathrace 2000", which includes a nice linkback to my own blog post on the related arcade machine from 1976 from when Matt and I went to San Francisco for the week to work on the upcoming feature film documentary, Woot!: The Videogame Revolution. Be sure to check out the complete list of films.

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For anyone interested, I plan to twitter during GDC. The feed is here.

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Your thoughts on the feature film documentary, "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution"

As you may know, Matt and I are writing and producing a feature film documentary for Lux (pronounced "Loox") Digital Pictures with the working title of "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution". It will essentially be a roughly 90 minute+ film on videogame (and computer) history with a fair amount of emphasis on some of the greatest and most influential games of all time, a la our book, "Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time". As you may also know, we will be conducting interviews with industry pros for the documentary at the Game Developers Conference 2009 (GDC 09) in San Francisco, where we'll be March 22 - 28. I'm happy to say we already have a nice mix of talent to interview, including some true legends that many of us know and love. What I'd like to hear from our amazingly intelligent and attractive readership is what exactly you'd like to see in an "ultimate videogame documentary". In other words, what would be your ideal content for such a picture? You were all a big help making the "Vintage Games" book so special, so I'd really love to hear your thoughts on what would make a great film. Now is the time to voice your opinion, as Matt and I will be getting down to serious content generation very, very soon. Thanks, everyone!

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Reformat the Planet

For one week only, and I believe that week is almost up, those shepherds of cool, those sters of hip, those Arcade Fire career-makers over at Pitchfork Media, are screening Reformat the Planet, a documentary film about the origins and growth of the current chiptune scene set against the backdrop of the 2006 Blip Festival.

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