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Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts
1:23:48 | 2007

Categories: Documentary, Arts and Culture, Festivals

Chasing Ghosts. In the eighties, video games were synonymous with arcades, and games were bringing in enough quarters to fill the Rose Bowl. This endless possibility led Iowa entrepreneur Walter Day to declare himself the sole authority on high scores. In 1982, Walter launched his Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard and the rest, as they say, is history. Teenage superstars came from all over North America to join Walter in a LIFE Magazine feature spread, which recognized them as video game world champions. This led to nationally televised competitions, a touring National Video Game Team, and the promise of fame, fortune... and groupies. The participants came from throughout the continent with one common goal - to be the ultimate player.  Feather-coiffed Bill Mitchell could plunk one quarter into a Pac-Man cabinet, conduct a veritable clinic on hand-eye coordination and hours of perfect play later (every dot, energizer, and ghost) work his magic until the machine -- out of memory gave up. Todd Rogers -- "marathoning" genius -- once played a sleep-defying, record-breaking 82 hours straight. Ron Bailey and Joel West, best friends in 1983, stopped talking to each other after Ron beat Joel's Berzerk world record. They presently live 30 miles apart and haven't spoken in 22 years.  This type of ego-fueled feuding was not uncommon among the players of that era.

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February 12, 2015
B
Acefan Braun
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April 14, 2014
A+
Gemal Woods
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January 27, 2014
A+
I remember the era and this doc captured it very well. I almost died at the ending.
Gabor Parragh
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January 6, 2014
A-
Efrain Galindo
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January 4, 2014
A
Phil Skaggs
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December 12, 2013
B+
Beth M.
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December 10, 2013
Good doc about passionate people for gaming.
KEN FRANMIC
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December 2, 2013
D
Bryan Patterson
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November 25, 2013
A+
Tamara PM
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November 25, 2013
B
Karen Kondazian
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November 19, 2013
A+
Brilliant and moving...!
Scott Marvel
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November 18, 2013
B
Enjoyed King of Kong more. This was just a back and forth accounting of arcade history and what these players are doing today. Time is not kind.
Marc Dole
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November 14, 2013
A
David Reinert
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November 13, 2013
B+
David Boyle
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November 8, 2013
A
I grew up at the same time and I was like these men, enamored with arcade gaming, I remember when the first home gaming system came out and the death of the arcade, I rather miss those times.
Joe Villwock
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October 22, 2013
B+
Mark Wilson
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October 16, 2013
B+
Nic Jay
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October 15, 2013
C+
Jeni Mahan
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October 6, 2013
B+
Anthony Thomas
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October 1, 2013
B-
Ed Gerrish
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September 22, 2013
A
michelle humphreys
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September 21, 2013
A-
Michael Murray
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September 15, 2013
A+
Kevyn Jacobs
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September 6, 2013
C+
Sean Thompson
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September 1, 2013
A-
Michelle Harvelle
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August 28, 2013
A