"High Score" is a new Netflix Documentary series that looks back at the early years of the video game industry.
In six episodes, key developers, artists, executives and even gamers discuss the initial boom in arcade and home consoles, the rise of Nintendo, the rise of adventure and role-playing games, the battle between Sega and Nintendo, the success and the resulting controversy Fighting games like Mortal Kombat and the development of 3D gameplay in Starfox and Doom.
We're checking "High Score" on the latest episode of the Original Content Podcast, which inevitably makes us feel a little wistful about our own relationship with these classic games.
For older gamers, the series offers some pleasant nostalgic nudges and is also a useful introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the history of the industry. It also takes time to highlight some lesser-known stories, and it's full of fun details, like retro animations, illustrating moments that weren't captured in the movie.
It should be remembered, however, that “High Score” focuses only on a few key characters and a few key games, which means that some important developments are ignored or only briefly addressed.
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If you want to move on, the episode is broken down as follows:
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