May 14, 2014
I had no idea that this was a thing that was happening, but apparently it is, and now I know. (The growth of mercenaries and for-profit private military contractors isn't news to me; game companies producing journalvertising about it is). Activision has apparently produced a 'documentary' short film called "Superpower for Hire" in association with Vice and the advertising agency 72andSunny in order to promote their latest warpornmanshoot Call of Duty opus. Robert Rath at Escapist has a fair bit to say not only on the fact that it exists, but how fast and loose it plays with the product-pumping information it presents as factual.
July 1, 2012
PBS: The Evolution of 8-Bit Art "Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. As it moved through the generations, 8-bit earned its independence from its video game roots. The idea of 8-bit now stands for a refreshing level of simplicity and minimalism, is capable of sonic and visual beauty, and points to the layer of technology that suffuses our modern lives. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection."
June 27, 2011
Indie Game: The Movie "Before we knew it, we had the material for the film that we actually wanted to make, but didn’t set out to. In Super Meat Boy and FEZ, we had a narrative about making and releasing a game—filmed in real time."
The film also focuses on the story of Jonathan Blow, interweaving the story of the already complete Braid with the other two games still in progress.
February 21, 2011
A 20-minute documentary about the creation of Minecraft has been created by 2-Player Productions to drum up interest for funding a full-length documentary through Kickstarter. If you've got a dump truck full of money, the sponsor benefits for the higher dollar amounts are pretty nerdtastic.