World 1-1, a kickstarter funded documentary by Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez, utilizes historical footage from the 1970s and several interviews with Al Alcorn, Garry Kitchen, and Howard Scott to discuss the early days of the gaming industry.
The film also features an interview with Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari. The movie details the elaboration of the first arcade game, explaining the construction consisted of makeshift televisions, bread pans and handmade circuit boards.
While this amazing group of talented individuals formulated the design of PONG, they had no idea if
it would actually work. The questions loomed; were video games for nerds only? Would the average Joe in a bar like video games? In the late 1970s that question had not been answered. Soon Atari would become the fastest growing company in American history.
Overall the movie was an interesting insight into the historical aspect of the gaming industry. With fresh new interviews it presented a complete picture and filled in the gaps that I had been longing for. However, the movie did leave me with a few questions regarding Ralph Baer. A great addition would be a discussion on the true creator of Pong and the inclusions of the legality issues with Baer vs Atari. Baer is the true underdog story video games.
Overall a great move B++ and I hope to see more from this directing Duo! Watch the trailer and you'll be scrambling to purchase a copy guaranteed.