World 1-1 Review

World 1-1 Review

World 1-1 is an amazing video game history documentary movie created by the team made up of Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez, two awesome, young but thorough movie makers from Miami. Although World 1-1 automatically might make you think of the world start screen from Super Mario Bros., the film is actually about what I call the rise and fall of the original Atari (I would have probably called the film The Rise and Fall of Atari). The film covers the birth of video games from their origins in scientific labs, onto games being played on what at the time were time-shared supercomputers, to the creation of arcade video game machines, and onto the rise and fall of early video game consoles (video gaming at home).

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To say the film is thorough would be an understatement although the movie mainly focuses on arcade and console game development. Although I love this film a lot, I can criticize that it barely touches on what was going on in the home computer field, which although Nintendo saved the console gaming market (probably what World 1-2 will be about), home computers also saved video games and people’s interest in electronics and computers with great machines such as the Commodore 64, Atari computers, and later Commodore Amiga (much before IBM clones and DOS become popular).

Getting back to what makes World 1-1 so great, the film has many great interviews with not just most of the important people that worked in Atari and Activision but also many interviews by people who work in Microsoft (and other important companies) and many famous people in the video game world such as arcade specialists and many of what I consider to be experts in video game history. This movie is like entering a time machine and seeing what it was actually like to have worked at Atari. There are many great stories of crazy things that would happen or also recollections describing how many breakthroughs came about. Some of the interviews also talk about the important business decisions that took place both from the managerial perspective and how the engineers and the rest of the employees responded to such decisions. Just like everything in life all things must come to an end and the movie deals with the death of the original Atari corporation in a very classy and dignified manner.

I highly recommend you view the movie as part of what I call some of the best movies and shows in video game, internet, hacker, and computer history such as: Pirates of Silicon Valley, Micro Men, Middle Men, The King of Kong, The Social Network, TRON, Takedown, Silicon Valley, and Halt And Catch Fire. World 1-1 and those shows and movies are what I call to be essential to watch if you a true interest in video game history. Chances are that if you’re reading this you already have such an interest.

You can buy the movie directly from the creators’ website or you can even get it over at Steam.

If I have to give the movie a numerical score I would say it’s a 9.5 out of 10. Stop reading this and go watch it NOW! 🙂

Here is an interview we did with the creators from when they were trying to get the funding for the film:

Here is a further interview we did after it got funded. It talks more about the making of the film:

Limitless Review

Limitless Movie Review by Honorabili

Score: 8 out of 10

First, the trailer:
I’m hesitant to post the trailer because it pretty much ruins the movie. It doesn’t really ruin the movie to the point of giving away the ending BUT it does include scenes showing part of the ending so if you’re like me in the sense that you can usually extrapolate what the whole movie is about, do not watch it. The trailer is the following, if you are still curious about it:

The story consists of a struggling alcoholic science fiction writer that through a coincidental encounter with his ex brother-in-law, which is a drug dealer, he gets access to an experimental drug that lets you unlock one hundred percent the potential your brain has rather than using the measly ten to twenty percent that we all do. Think of it like Flowers For Algernon except that instead of him being literally retarded he is an above average, although unmotivated, individual who is boosted even further.

The director’s style keeps a really good pace as there pretty much is never a dull moment in the movie. Although there are other science fiction movies out right now, like Battle: LA and Sucker Punch, this movie I found to be more exciting than those. The movie feels more like a modern day Twilight Zone episode then let’s say an Outer Limits one.

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There are a few parts that you might think “Oh well if he’s so smart how come he hasn’t thought of this” but the movie covers its bases well as it continues. I get pretty critical of movies where the character has super intelligence yet they haven’t yet done the first thing I thought of with my inferior brain. There are just about two plausible endings for a story like this and the movie does pick one of these rather than leave you confused and questioning what you just saw.

The movie does engage you and does make you think. Would you take a shortcut to become successful? Would you do it even if it endangered your life and maybe the lives of the people around you? Are you smart enough to outsmart entire organizations that have more power than you but might not be as clever? How far are you willing to go for success? How would you feel about yourself if the only way you were really successful was by taking something that turned you into a super genius? Who can you really trust if you have something that will make anybody succeed in life but most others will want to get their hands on, at any cost?

I did like that the movie correlated intelligence and motivation as one of the main factors a person needs to succeed in life as opposed to just coming out with one idea, whoring it out, and being an asshole like many other movies do, like Middle Men or The Social Network, which are both movies I love.

Anyways, before spoil the movie for you, if you have to watch a movie in the movie theatre this weekend, this is the obviously good movie for you to watch, and if you’re reading this in the future, I would say at least rent and view this film. Some of you might even want to add it to your film collection.