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#1 WozzyCat ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:28 PM

Atari: Game Over (film documentary)...

 

...what a great/awesome film!

After trying to watch it for free via the Xbox Video website (after downloading and installing the latest bloatware version of Microsoft Silverlight, which it demanded I have in order to watch the video), the video never played back and seemed to be in buffer mode/black screen infinitely.....I finally gave up and just paid the $17.99 Canadian dollars to Apple's iTunes for the high def version to download and install on my MacBook, and it played back perfectly (thank you Apple iTunes and screw you MIcrosoft Xbox Video website/Microsoft Silverlight extension).

 

Anyways, the film documentary was superb!

So thank you Xbox Originals...I will now be deleting that Silverlight junk off my MacBook's harddrive.



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Posted Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:23 PM

Agreed! I had the same issues with trying to watch it so I also ended up purchasing it too. Well worth the purchase and very well done.

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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:55 AM

It's available on Amazon and Google Play as well now.



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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:08 AM

What ever happened to the scripted movie project, that was supposed to have DiCaprio and was gonna be awesome?

 

I'm gonna check this out though.



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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:54 AM

What ever happened to the scripted movie project, that was supposed to have DiCaprio and was gonna be awesome?

Yeah, and Natalie Portman as Nolan's wife...
The movie is blocked because some people are not happy with the script; a few historical and important people are just "forgotten" or "minor role" in the script; the truth is not there, the story is half wrong, so lawyers were busy and unhappy.

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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:15 PM

Yeah, and Natalie Portman as Nolan's wife...
The movie is blocked because some people are not happy with the script; a few historical and important people are just "forgotten" or "minor role" in the script; the truth is not there, the story is half wrong, so lawyers were busy and unhappy.

That didn't seem to stop the movie about Facebook, or any other supposedly true life movie about technology...



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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:15 PM

Atari: Game Over (film documentary)...

 

...what a great/awesome film!

After trying to watch it for free via the Xbox Video website (after downloading and installing the latest bloatware version of Microsoft Silverlight, which it demanded I have in order to watch the video), the video never played back and seemed to be in buffer mode/black screen infinitely.....I finally gave up and just paid the $17.99 Canadian dollars to Apple's iTunes for the high def version to download and install on my MacBook, and it played back perfectly (thank you Apple iTunes and screw you MIcrosoft Xbox Video website/Microsoft Silverlight extension).

 

Anyways, the film documentary was superb!

So thank you Xbox Originals...I will now be deleting that Silverlight junk off my MacBook's harddrive.

I had no trouble watching it on my Xbox 360...  ;)

 

But the World 1-1 documentary that also came out very recently is better in a lot of ways (and not as good in some).


Edited by InfoMan, Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:16 PM.


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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:43 PM

Yeah, and Natalie Portman as Nolan's wife...
The movie is blocked because some people are not happy with the script; a few historical and important people are just "forgotten" or "minor role" in the script; the truth is not there, the story is half wrong, so lawyers were busy and unhappy.

That sucks, guess it will never happen. When I watch a movie I want to be entertained first with a good script and quality production. Truth is second, that's what documentaries and books are for. Just my opinion anyway.



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Posted Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

Agreed! I had the same issues with trying to watch it so I also ended up purchasing it too. Well worth the purchase and very well done.

Yes! It was well worth the purchase! I am very pleased with this very interesting documentary film. :-)



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Posted Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:03 PM

Just rented it on iTunes. Very well done documentary, and a nice recap of Atari, HSW and the whole E.T. story. Well worth watching.



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Posted Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:34 PM

I was so happy when i read this news, have been trying to watch it through Microsoft for ages without success, now i find out it's not available in the Dutch iTune store :-(

Going to try Amazon now.

 

Update also no luck with Amazon and Google play :-(


Edited by san-d-2000, Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:41 PM.


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Posted Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:58 PM

Nothing against those who paid for this, but I wouldn't. I think selling the crushed games and such for really high prices is enough for them. I don't think anyone with a PC can watch these things with the Xbox video because I've tried many times and have no luck. I thought about writing to Microsoft and complaining as to why this doesn't work.

 

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Posted Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:06 PM

I'm not saying whether or not one should.

 

But this IS on YouTube.  I think it's in 2 parts.  I spotted it while searching for other Atari-related vids.

 

Just sayin'.



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Posted Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:17 PM

What ever happened to the scripted movie project, that was supposed to have DiCaprio and was gonna be awesome?

 

I'm gonna check this out though.

 

That's not a movie about Atari. It's a Nolan Bushnell biopic. 



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Posted Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:09 PM

Found them on youtube. Thanks. They are called Atari: Game Over #1 and Atari: Game Over #2.

 

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Posted Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:49 AM

Thanks Phil I will check that out!

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Posted Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:06 AM

Just watched it great documentary!



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Posted Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:12 AM

Just watched it too, very informative and entertaining. I had to laugh at that part at 34:14, where Howard Scott Warshaw is explaining that Steven Spielberg tested and ok'd his ET game before its release, and then adds "Not that I'm blaming him for anything...", whereupon the interviewer responds "No, of course not... but it's his fault."



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Posted Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:45 AM

I finally got a chance to watch this. It's great to see that there weren't as many games buried as rumored. It goes to show that there is probably more in warehouses than thought.

 

The sad part is that O'Shea destroyed his last bunch of thousands of carts just for the gold content. Sometime, somewhere, hopefully more games will be brought into the market.

 

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Posted Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:02 PM

Just watched it on YT. Atari's ET is without a doubt, now the most famous game in the world. This is awesome.



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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:39 AM

I'll bring this link back up again, because it's amusing to me, because this is me being referred to :D

 

http://www.polygon.c...-nolan-bushnell

 

(pity they didn't film the panel and put a bit of it in the documentary, I would have freaked out heh)



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Posted Sat Apr 4, 2015 2:58 AM

Just watched it on Netflix. I thought it was very entertaining. Was surprised to get a little choked up when they pulled out the first cart out of ground.

 

A very narrow slice of history, but I think that's interesting. Trying to cover the entire history of the 2600 in 90 minutes would never be able to give much detail, so I liked the narrow focus.

 

What would be a really great movie would be one based just on Tod Frye. Never knew him but the stories went on and on. All great. Hunter S. Thompson of the the video game world.



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Posted Sat Apr 4, 2015 8:41 PM

Watched movie.. Kinda whatever. HSW a bit arrogant but oh well(kinda deserves to be) At least it concludes that ET is not the worst. I find it was a game ahead of it's time. The problem was ET was done in 5 weeks.
Viewed on netflix.

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Posted Sun Apr 5, 2015 2:32 AM

I thought it was very overrated.  A Guy works for Atari for three years, makes three games, all of which are based on a previous property.  Anyone doing the slightest bit of research knew the story was true.    Watching this video and not knowing anything about Atari, you would think they went out of business in 1983.  They were still making games and consoles up to 1996, the 2600 until late 1991.  They weren't as popular, but they were there.



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Posted Sun Apr 5, 2015 9:21 AM

True, the Jaguar wasn't that popular versus the playstation, but you see games and systems fetching rather high prices now. I had bought one on discount with a few games, but never pursued it. Now unless they land in my lap for relatively nothing, I won't be paying $25+ per game. I liked the Lynx much better than Game Boy.

 

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