All you New Yorkers with nothing to do on Saturday night should head over to the NY United Film Festival at the Anthology Film Archives, where, at 8:05 p.m., you’ll be able to watch a decent movie about classic arcade games and heckle me. (Of course, if you were to show up at Gorilla Coffee on any given morning around 10 a.m., you’d be able to sass me without seeing a movie.) The ninety-minute film in question — which I swear can be enjoyed by people who don’t care about video games — is Chasing Ghosts. (See incredibly awesome website here.) The documentary catches up with many of the studs who appeared in this 1982 Life magazine photograph taken at an early video-game tournament in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I occasionally pop up as a talking head to put the dorky proceedings into context, which makes zero sense, if you think about it.
And while we’re on the subject, check out my 2001 book Arcade Fever: The Fan’s Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games. Hey, Martin Amis wrote a book about arcade games, too.
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