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BBC documentary asks "Are video games really that bad?"

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Brendan Griffiths
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BBC documentary asks "Are video games really that bad?"

The Horizon documentary series turns its gaze to the world of videogames this week in an episode called 'Are video games really that bad?'. The most recent (August 2015) reports are discussed, where psychologists claim to have found a link between gaming and aggression/violence. These same arguments are then refuted by other experts. More interesting is how games have been studied with the approach that they might actually be beneficial to players of all ages and even how they can improve the cognitive abilities of seniors.

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From Bedrooms to Billions (Film Review)

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Documentary, From Bedrooms to Billions

From Bedrooms to Billions (Film Review)

This year's hottest ticket at EGX (formerly the Eurogamer Expo) was for the premier of From Bedrooms to Billions, a documentary on the birth of the UK gaming scene and its rise from hobbyist beginnings to world leader and to the shape of things today.

The entire film is told by industry figures giving anecdotes on their memories of how it all began. Chances are, the older a gamer you are, the more you'll be able to relate to the film. The amount of time dedicated to the Sinclair ZX80s and Commodore 64s vastly outweigh any given to later consoles. This is mainly due to the heavy focus on the British perspective of the industry, where the arrivals of the Japanese machines from Nintendo and Sega are painted in almost villainous colours.

Early on, the anecdotes feel a little dry as the talk is all about programming, entering lines of code, hobbyist meets and so on. This is a film clearly aiming for the nostalgic feelings of those involved in the scene, further carving the film into an even tighter niche and alienating everyone else.

From Bedrooms to Billions (Film Review)

You'll hear of the joys and bleakness of the industry, from Peter Molyneux getting an almost sexual thrill the first time he got a pixel to move across a screen. To another developer saying he got so sick and stressed of all the corporate bullshit he had a white poo.

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Capcom Release 70 Minute 'I Am Street Fighter' Documentary on YouTube

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Capcom, Dev Diary, Documentary, Fighting Games, Street Fghter II

Capcom Release 70 Minute 'I Am Street Fighter' Documentary on YouTube

Got 70 minutes spare to sit through a history lesson you'll actually enjoy? Well, get comfortable and enjoy this new documentary Capcom have made available for free on YouTube - it was previously an exclusive with the pricey 25th Anniversary Collector's Set.

The informative documentary focuses on the runaway success of Street Fighter 2 in the 1990s and how it ignited the fighting genre like nothing before or since. Expect interviews with key developers and pro gamers. We've got the whole thing lined up for you after the break.

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Industry Legends To Star In Open Documentary Project

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Art, Critical Path, Documentary, interview

Kojima, Carmack, Meier, Schafer, Molyneux & More

Thirty seven legendary developers will be starring in an 'open documentary project' designed to explore the role of games designers as innovators and cultural icons. Critical Path will act as "a transmedia project exploring the art, philosophy, politics and psychology of video games," the first step being an online archive of interviews. Take a gander at the trailer above to check out some of the talent who've signed up, including John Carmack, Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Will Wright and many others. Full interview cast after the break.

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Ofcom: ITV "Misled" Viewers With ArmA II Cock-Up

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ARMA II, Documentary, ITV, Monumental cock-up

Ofcom: ITV "Misled" Viewers With ArmA II Cock-Up

Gaffe A "Significant Breach Of Audience Trust"

Ofcom, the TV regulation watchdog, has concluded that ITV mislead audiences last September when they showed ArmA II videogame footage in a documentary... and claimed that it depicted real IRA insurgents shooting down a British helicopter. ITV apologised for the (incredibly embarrassing) mistake soon after it was spotted, but regardless, Ofcom has found them to be "in breach of the broadcasting code." Full statement below.

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