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Netflix documentary feature Atari: Game over

Atari: Game Over

Atari: Game Over


Netflix documentary feature Atari: Game over

Even individuals who are not considered gamers by today’s standards know that the name Atari is synonymous with the birth of video games. Atari paved the road for game consoles from Sega to X Box and showed the world a new tomorrow of home entertainment. Today Atari’s games are still loved and often played with nostalgia. Yet, there has always been a bit of speculation to what exactly caused Atari’s demise. An urban legend has also haunted the company claiming millions of cartridges of Atari’s ill fated game ET, based on the Steven Spielburg smash movie, were hidden, buried away, in a landfill out west like a cursed treasure. In the documentary film Atari: Game Over available on Netflix, screen writer Zack Penn decides to go after the urban legend in an attempt to prove what is true and what is false in the history of the first game system.

The historical documentary is short but filled with interesting facts from the forming of the Atari Company, its million dollar rise, and it’s final illfated downfall. Zack Penn not only leads you on the tour but directs the film and does an adequate job of presenting the information in an entertaining way. Several shocking secrets are revealed on what it was like to work for the famous company as well as stories on the creaton of the infamous game ET, told by the creator of the game Howard Scott Warshaw. Helping Warshaw along the journey, the head of Atari, Nolan Bushnell also reveals stories from the golden years and exactly what went wrong with the creation of the ET game. Interviews with other famous game makers of today also share their knowledge and opinions. The fascinating narrative of Atari’s past will fill not only just gamers with insight, but anyone interested in the rise and fall of giants.

In between the history lessons Zack Penn, city officials, and city workers bring excitement to the documentary as they narrow down the location and then make plans to begin digging in the spot where the game cartridge treasure trove is rumored to be. Everyone including the viewer gets caught up in this quest and several self professed Atari and game nerds show up to talk about their love of the game and the console. They also share in their hopes that the urban legend is true. As you watch the film you too begin to hope they really do find the ET games as they dig through tons of garbage and earth.

It may not be a classic film you would watch on numerous occasions but Atari: Game Over is an event you will be glad you partook in. Atari: Game Over is an engrossing documentary that will make you feel nostalgic and even emotional, especially for the ET game and it’s creator Howard Scott Warshaw who unfairly became the scapegoat for the end of an era.

via http://www.examiner.com/review/atari-game-over-retro-fun-memories

Yes this exists “Themed Cruises”

Cruises are not just for octogenarians anymore.
Well, that’s a lie. They totally are.
But now you can add to the excitement of all-you-can-eat buffets and shuffleboard with KISS! Or vampires! Or Richard Simmons!
Themed cruises have moved beyond the single sect, swingers and people who are looking for love in Bermuda shorts. You can now see all your favorite bands (from 15 years ago), celebrities from your favorite shows (also from 15 years ago) or venture off to distant lands with people dressed as Lestat.
According to Theme Cruise Finder, there are over 500 cruises that will cater to your fandom.
These themed-cruise packages usually include a few stops in exotic locales, chances to meet your crushes up close and personal (and heavily guarded), a chance to mingle with other fans over unlimited shrimp and, of course, picture opportunities galore.
Take a voyage to exotic locations while you hobnob with like-minded fans and celebrities looking to buy a beach house with the money you paid. Eat with cast members of your favorite show or movie while employees remind you again and again not to touch the talent. Take awkward pictures featuring stars using the “hover hand” technique on you, making sure not to make any actual contact.
Here is just a small sampling of a few upcoming voyages:
The Duck Dynasty Cruise

Visit the Bahamas with poultry death squad! What better way to represent all that America is than by taking our obsession with guns onto the open sea.
Ranging from $599 to $2,899 for a five day cruise, activities on this Carnival cruise includes meet and greets with Phil, Si and the whole Robertson clan. And I do mean everyone. Even if they were just mentioned in passing on the show, they are on this cruise.
Other activities include eating. There isn’t much else listed.
The “KISS” Kruise!

Sailing from Miami to Jamaica, this hard rocking cruise is already sold out!
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket for the Oct. 30 voyage, you could have rocked the fuck out with KISS, Lita Ford and Steel Panther while visiting…who the hell cares, man. On a boat with Steel Panther and an all-inclusive drink package. SIGN ME UP.
I am truly sad I am missing this one.
The Richard Simmons Cruise

And on the other end of the KISS spectrum, we have this.
Motorhead Motorboat

If any of the cruises were to ever go rogue and become pirates, my money is on this one.
And yes, it’s a Norwegian Cruise line, the motherland of death metal.
Also including Slayer, Anthrax and Exodus, this cruise is an undeveloped screenplay waiting to happen.
New Kids On The Block Cruise

More than anything on this earth, even more than partying with Steel Panther on the open seas, I want this cruise to do battle with the Motorhead Motorboat.
The two go head to head in a battle royale, where eventually the Motorhead fans lay siege to the NKOTB fans, pillaging their rooms and stealing their scrapbooks of past ticket stubs and human hair.
Steampunk Cruise

Grab your top hats and old-timely looking goggles, kids. We’re setting sail on the Steampunk Cruise.
The eight-day event includes Steampunk bands, Steampunk lecturers, belly dancing classes (?!?), a bunch of mermaid-themed activities and costuming classes.
Also, many, many cocktail hours. Because the more you drink, the less you can feel that girdle.
The site also boasts a rock-climbing wall. And just to be clear, I would pay big money to see a man dressed in a vest and stove-top hat climb a wall with only his cane.
I’m easily amused.

via http://www.forcesofgeek.com/2015/04/fandom-at-sea-look-at-themed-cruises.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+forcesofgeek%2FrNjo+%28forces+of+geek%29