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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Rise of the Video Game is a five-part series which examines the evolution of the video game and its cultural impact on the world of entertainment today.

"From the early days of Pong to today's ever-popular Halo 2, and from Atari 2600 to Nintendo to PlayStation, this Discovery Channel special tells the story of the people, the ideologies and the technology behind video games and how they have exploded into a cultural phenomenon."

Level 1: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Level 2: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Level 3: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Level 4: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Level 5: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Knowing YouTube, the videos are probably in the process of being removed even as you're reading this.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/23/2007 12:43:00 PM:  
I got to watch this and found it to be standard poorly documented (errrm) document fare. It felt like zapping without having to bother with the remote, and the experience was quite tiring. Also, most of the people appearing -whether they be Americans or Japanese- were media-loving flies who really shouldn't appear in anything but Gamespot's rumors control section.
Time is much better spent reading the interviews on this site ;)
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/23/2007 12:52:00 PM:  
I thought Rise Of The Video Game was great. I missed the first half of episode 1 and all of episode 4 though.
Blogger David said at 12/25/2007 07:39:00 AM:  
This is horrid. I can't even watch it properly. Nonsensical comments, stock footage, chopped-up segments, bad narrating - this "documentary" got it all. What a load of crap. But thanks for posting it, I was curious. Proud to be a gamer? No. I though we were past that "oooh it's bringing people together in virtual worlds, embracing technology, blah blah blah..."? You could probably cut this down to like 10 minutes of footage, and it still wouldn't be worth watching.