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The Best Documentaries About Video Games 

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Updated June 14, 2019 520 votes 181 voters 11k views 29 items

List Rules Documentaries about video games and gaming culture.

Oh the life of a gamer. Who doesn’t have a childhood that involved playing video games well into the wee hours of the night? If you’re a serious gamer there are a variety of documentaries out there that tackle the history of video games, celebrate the classics like Street Fighter and the Atari, and even take a close look at the concepts behind fan favorite video games. This list of the best documentaries about video games has something for every kind of gamer.

What are the best documentaries about video games out there? See below and remember the good old days when the first batches of Nintendo’s and Sega systems came out. Back then, the graphics seemed absolutely amazing; now technology has shifted us into realistic graphics that we never imagined could be possible twenty years ago! The documentaries on this list look at many different aspects of the video game industry, including the history behind games and gaming systems, looking into the lives of serious gamers and covering different video game conventions and competitions.

This list has the best video game documentaries, including: Thanks For Playing, Chinatown Fair: A Documentary, Rise of the Video Game and Second Skin. Vote for your favorite documentaries today and add any not included.
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Seth Gordon

Released: 2007

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a 2007 American documentary film. Highlighting the popular 1980s arcade game Donkey Kong, it follows Steve Wiebe in his attempts to take the world high ...more

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Atari: Game Over is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Video Games
Christopher Kaphaem added Zak Penn

Actors: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Released: 2014

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Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky

Released: 2012

Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy ...more

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lostshadow added Jeremy Snead

Released: 2014

Video Games: The Movie is a science fiction action historical documentary film directed by Jeremy Snead.
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Lincoln Ruchti

Released: 2007

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade is a documentary film directed by Lincoln Ruchti about the golden age of video arcade games. The film premiered January 22, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival ...more
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Adam Cornelius

Released: 2011

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters is a 2011 American documentary film that follows the lives of several gamers from around the country as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris ...more
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Paul Owens

Released: 2012

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a 2012 documentary about the history of the company Mojang and its creation, Minecraft. Minecraft is an open-world game where players can craft, build and mine. ...more
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Second Skin

Released: 2008

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King of Chinatown Nick Grinde

Actors: Anthony Quinn

Released: 2010

King of Chinatown is a 1939 film directed by Nick Grinde.
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Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession David Carradine, David Comtois

Released: 2004

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Street Fighter Anniversary Film: I Am Street Fighter

Released: 2012

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Gamer Revolution

Released: 2004

Gamer Revolution is a documentary film written and directed by Marc de Guerre and Ian Hannah.
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God of War: Unearthing t... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Video Games
andy-lautenschleger added God of War: Unearthing the Legend Franchise Documentary Charles Quinio

Actors: Stig Asmussen, Steve Caterson, Zoran Iovanovici, Marianne Krawczyk

Released: 2010

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Jason Scott

Released: 2010

Get Lamp is a two-disc documentary about interactive fiction filmed by computer historian Jason Scott of textfiles.com. Scott conducted the interviews between February 2006 and February 2008, ...more
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Thanks for Playing

Released: 2010

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Rise of the Video Game

Released: 2007

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From Bedrooms to Billions Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield

Actors: Shahid Ahmad, Nigel Alderton, Nick Alexander, Chris Anderson

Released: 2014

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GTFO: Get the F&#% O... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Video Games
KevinCoughlan added GTFO: Get the F&#% Out Shannon Sun-Higginson

Actors: Leigh Alexander, Jenny Haniver, Robin Hunicke, Rhianna Pratchett

Released: 2015

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Fight Night: the Melbourne Street Fighter Arcade Community Read

Released: 2011

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All Your History Are Belong to Us

Released: 2011

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Fighting Dreams: the Rise of a Fighting Game Community

Released: 2012

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Chinatown Fair: a Documentary

Released: 2011

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Once Upon Atari

Released: 2003

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Into the Night With Jason Rohrer and Chris Crawford

Released: 2009

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Login2life

Released: 2011