Variance Films has released the first trailer for “Video Games: The Movie,” a documentary about the history of the video game industry and community, ahead of a planned July release in theaters, on iTunes and on demand.
Zach Braff, who executive produced, appears in the film, along with other famous talking heads, reminiscing about their first video game consoles, the evolution of the technology from Atari to today, the impact video games have had over time and more.
“Wow, look at the graphics,” Braff recalls being awed by his first Atari 2600 console. Little did he know where the technology would end up half a century later. Wil Wheaton offers that video games are vastly different from any other media, while others marvel at how playing video games have become a vastly global experience, with the sold out stadium crowds to match. At this point, “it’s a borderline religious experience.”
“Everyone loves a great video game, but in recent years, they’ve evolved into something way beyond what any of us who grew up playing an 8-bit system could imagine,” said Dylan Marchetti of Variance Films. “But regardless of whether you’re up gaming until 3 a.m. or haven’t played a video game in decades, there’s something for you in this film, and we think audiences will be delighted.”
Directed by Jeremy Snead, “Video Games: The Movie” is an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, “Video Games: The Movie” is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.
It will be released on July 15th.