“Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade” (2007 American documentary) review



I decided to watch this to see what the video game scene was like before all the modern games. I wanted to see what it was like in the 80’s before my time. Who were the top players back in the day? What games were the hot ones?


1982’s world champions and record holders in the hottest games at that point reflect in the modern times about those days when they were treated as rock stars. They had world records, groupies, fame, recognition, and much more. They also had rivalries and some failed to adapt to the newest games.


I had no idea that games like Dig Dug, Pac Man, and Asteroids had a scene. Of course, they weren’t competing against another person but against the computer. They also strived to be the best which is a reason why we do various things. Some of these guys paved the way for future competitors to make a living in competitive gaming.


There was so much ego in this. Yes, there were rivalries, but these men are in their 40’s and 50’s trying to remember how good the good old days were. These guys were insulting each other based on reputation and certain games they played. Some of them got older, but some of them didn’t grow up. They did not adapt with the times.


I didn’t appreciate them insulting the new modern games that actually saved the arcades from becoming too stale like the interactive games, rhythm games, and the games that are mostly dear to my heart, fighting games. These guys said that there were no new concepts yet these games were very much new concepts that changed the industry.

Overall rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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