This Month On Edge

When we weren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing else, we were think­ing about stuff like this

EDGE - - SECTIONS - Video Games: The Movie www.bit.ly/vg­movie

The things that caught our eye dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of E270

Jeremy Snead’s Kick­starter-funded doc­u­men­tary seeks to tell the story of videogames in 100 min­utes. If that sounds like a tall order, it’s be­cause it is. Lack­ing a cen­tral premise, Snead in­stead spends his hour and 40 min­utes flit­ting end­lessly around a time­line

try­ing, and fail­ing, to stitch it all to­gether co­her­ently. Some two-dozen talk­ing heads should have helped, but exec pro­ducer

Zach Braff and his Scrubs co-star Don­ald Fai­son have lit­tle to say, and there are far too many mar­ket­ing men. Reg­gie Fils-Aime

has the bland­est of high praise for NES and SNES, while the in­evitable fu­ture-gaz­ing late on fo­cuses solely on VR, with in­put from Ocu­lus VR founder Palmer Luckey and Ocu­lus in­vestor Cliff Bleszin­ski. Snead’s goal is a no­ble one, but this is too big,

and rich, an in­dus­try to be con­densed into a sin­gle film.

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