May 15, 2012

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

Hey kiddos, I'm back with a short series on some documentaries I've seen recently that I enjoyed.
Simul-posted here: The Movie Advocate

Chasing Ghosts
The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters came out the same year as Chasing Ghosts (2007).  Both are preceded by High Score (2006).  High Score sets the stage for documentaries about people who are overly obsessed with retro videogames.  Chasing Ghosts gives the audience a fair amount of background in regards to the world of retro videogame players of yore.  And King of Kong tells a story within this world.  I'd seen both High Score and King of Kong years ago, so it was kind of interesting to fill in the gaps by watching Chasing Ghosts, but if I were to recommend a documentary about retro videogame players, it would hands down have to be King of Kong.  Chasing Ghosts feels like a sort of Silmarillion, or a prequel, giving back story and filing in action that isn't entirely necessary, but is still fairly interesting.  In the end, only for those interested in expanding the story of King of Kong.

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