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'Video Games' just plays at seriously examining the industry
'Video Games' just plays at seriously examining the industry

That video games — a technology-driven mix of art, commerce and competition — are here to stay is undisputed. It's now the biggest entertainment industry and an influential culture. So why does Jeremy Snead's "Video Games: The Movie," an exhaustive history from MIT labs in the '60s through Pong, Atari and the Nintendo-Sony-Microsoft era, from knobs to joysticks to cloud-powered connectivity, feel like an insecure promotional tool instead of a documentary? There's a slick, colorful pull to the history Sean Astin enthusiastically narrates, as graphics improved, business lessons were learned (the Atari-"ET" tie-in debacle is especially...

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