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For those of us that were alive back in the day, those lonely old days when most of the video games that one would play were gigantic, devoured mountains of quarters and resided in mystical places of worship known as “arcades”, there’s a movie just for us.  The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time is a new documentary that explores what some refer to as the “golden age” of arcade gaming.  And no, it’s not a movie in development that you’ll have to wait to see.  In fact, it’s already done and you can download and watch it right now if you want.

Here is the official synopsis for the flick:

Beginning with Space Invaders in 1978, arcade games began to appear everywhere. By 1982, there were 13,000 dedicated arcade locations across North America. It was the golden age of arcade games, generating $3.2 billion dollars in 1983. By 1985, revenue had fallen 97%. Atari declared bankruptcy. Arcades closed. Most of the old games were converted or destroyed. A few packed into warehouses where they remained, largely forgotten, for at least another decade. This is the story of arcade video games, and their second life in basements and garages all across the country.

Here is a trailer:

And if it looks good to you, you can easily rent or purchase it via Amazon.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Category: Film, Videogames

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