There’s a new arcade documentary in town.
Dubbed the “definitive arcade documentary series” by its creators, Arcade Dreams documents the “the people, the places, and the stories “ behind the “100-year history of arcades and arcade games” from the early 1900s to the present.
“It's an exhilarating tale, told by a colorful array of historians, curators, collectors, industry legends, celebrity fans, and arcade fanatics,” the creators say. “It’s the first documentary to tell the complete story: from the penny arcades of the early 1900s, through pinball’s glory days and the video generation, to the virtual reality worlds of today and beyond.”
According to the official website, Arcade Dreams features Roger Sharpe and sons,
Josh Tsui, Gary Stern, Eugene Jarvis, Ed Fries, Jon Hey, George Gomez, Brian Colin, Adam Nash, Dr. Marc Williams, Imoto Arcade, Jack Danger, Jerry Buckner, George McAuliffe, RJ Mical, Jon Torrence, Paul Kermizian, Rick Sky, Doc Mack, and more.
All this compelling information will be disseminated in the form of three hour-long episodes captured in glorious 4K UHD.
Joblo Movie Productions intends to bring the project to life through a Kickstarter campaign, which has reached approximately 56 percent of its $95,000 goal at the time of this writing.
Like any good campaign, this one’s loaded with backer bonuses. I’m personally most intrigued by the Blu-ray collection, companion album CD, t-shirt, and poster. (Truthfully, I can’t guarantee I’ll back this before time’s up.)
Beyond its serialized nature, I think what separates Arcade Dreams from other arcade documentaries like King of Kong or Insert Coin is the sheer scope of history covered. I have to give the creators props for what they’re attempting. Here’s hoping they secure the necessary funding.
I’m especially curious as to how the modern arcade landscape will be represented—not because I don’t trust the creators, but because it’s so often mischaracterized in media. I’ll probably be satisfied if they name-drop some indie developers and don’t over-exaggerate the importance of VR.
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