We LOVE gaming documentaries and see the inside stories to how gaming history is made, and so we decided to curate a list of every gaming documentary we could find. Along with some basic details and how to watch them most effectively, we hope this list gets shared and used by all so that you don’t need to do the research yourselves. Enjoy!
|Title||Year||Blurb||Where To Watch|
|All Your History Are Belong To Us||2009||TV show that ran for 5 seasons covering all different games, companies and events||https://bit.ly/2vCqil6|
|Atari: Game Over||2014||About the North American video game crash of 1983, using the Atari video game burial excavation as a starting point||Torrents|
|Beyond The Game||2008||Dutch documentary film about the world of professional video gaming, particularly of the game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne featuring world champion players Chinese Xiaofeng "Sky" Li, Dutch Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen and Swede Fredrik "MaDFroG" Johansson prominently||Torrents|
|Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade||2007||About the golden age of video arcade games||https://bit.ly/2HHcdYw|
|Chinatown Fair: A Documentary||2012||Tucked away on a narrow sidestreet in Lower Manhattan lay Chinatown Fair, one of the city's (and the country's) last independently owned video arcades. Home to a loyal group of gamers, the arcade was the pinnacle of the East Coast fighting game scene. When it suddenly closed in February 2011, the players were left to find a new home.|
Combining interviews with crowdsourced footage, Chinatown Fair tells the personal story of the connections that were formed at the arcade and how they can survive after a shared space no longer exists.
|Double Fine Adventure||2015||Game industry veteran Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine Productions are followed by a documentary team for over three years of nerve-racking development on a new video game.||https://bit.ly/1N6UC6x|
|Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters||2011||Follows the lives of several gamers from around the country as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship held in Los Angeles, California.||Torrents|
|FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community||2016||Explores the past, present, and future of the competitive fighting game scene and the players that call it home.||https://bit.ly/2qPvJY1|
|Fight Night: The Melbourne Street Fighter Arcade Community||2011||This is a short documentary briefly touching on the arcade/fighting games community in Melbourne, largely referred to as Shadowloo Syndicate.||https://bit.ly/2HUnAtP|
|FRAG: The Movie||2008||Below the surface of a simple game is an underbelly of corruption, money, partying, drugs, and even death.||https://bit.ly/2HBLKLM|
|Free to Play||2014||Takes a critical look at the lives of Benedict "hyhy" Lim, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin and Clinton "Fear" Loomis, three professional Defense of the Ancients (DotA) players who participated in The International, the most lucrative eSports tournament at the time. The central focus of the film is how their commitment to DotA had affected their lives and how this debut tournament for the sequel, Dota 2, would bring more meaning to their struggles||https://bit.ly/1gAqU68|
|From Bedrooms to Billions||2014||Tells the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to the present day.||Steam|
|G4M3RS: A Documentary||2014||Before there was Call of Duty or Battlefield, there was Counter-Strike.|
Beginning as a free download created by a small team of amateur designers, Counter-Strike became one of the most popular games in the world in the early 2000s. Players from all over the globe formed clans, honed their skills, and worked their strats to compete in international events with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes at stake.
G4M3RS is the story of competitive computer gaming at the dawn of the millennium. From close friends driving their PCs to local LAN parties, to the best teams in the world traveling halfway around the globe to compete for huge cash prizes, from artists to cheaters, from scrappy game designers to one of the most innovative and successful game companies in the world, from a father and his son to a husband and wife, this documentary shows the many faces of the Counter-Strike community.
|G4 Icons||2002-2007||Documentary TV show that focused on significant people, companies, products, history, and milestones in the world of video games.||https://bit.ly/2vA4feK|
|Gameloading: Rise of the Indies||2015||The medium of video games is undergoing a shift with the traditional model of blockbuster action games being disrupted by independent game makers who are crafting a more personal experience.||Steam|
|Gaming In Colour||2014||Gaming in Color focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues in video games, gaymer culture and events, and the rise of queer themes in gaming. The film is largely interview based, and features notable gay gaming personalities in the industry and communities.||Steam|
|Get Lamp||2010||About interactive fiction (a genre that includes text adventures) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott||https://bit.ly/2K5q3Ck|
|God of War: Unearthing the Legend||2010||The creators of the God of War video game series discuss how the game parallels the form and function of classic Greek mythology. Experts in classics are brought in to provide their take on the character of Kratos and discuss his journeys.||https://bit.ly/2Hi8i4Y|
|Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us||2013||Go behind-the-scenes to learn about the dogged development and unique philosophy at work in the making of the universally acclaimed, hit video game, The Last of Us.||https://bit.ly/1chb6EA|
|GTFO||2015||About sexism and women in the world of video games||Torrent|
|How Video Games Changed The World||2013||One-off television special by Charlie Brooker which examines the 25 most significant video games according to Brooker, and the history of the medium and impact on wider culture.||https://bit.ly/2HVBxqR|
|Indie Game: The Movie||2012||About the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes during the development of Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish during the development of Fez, and also Jonathan Blow, who reflects on the success of Braid.||Steam|
|Infocom: The Documentary||2017||Infocom (1979-1989) is recognized as the all-time leader in Interactive Fiction, releasing top-selling games and products that dominated the sales charts and still extend considerable influence and memory on the gaming industry. At times they were half of the top ten games being sold and were considered a flagship of the game industry. And then they were gone.|
As part of the 2010 documentary GET LAMP, director Jason Scott talked to creators, management, fans and academics about the Infocom story, and produced this 45 minute overview of this unique and wonderful company.
|King of Chinatown||2010||King of Chinatown takes an in-depth look at the culture of video games, an industry that has evolved into a worldwide, multi-billion dollar phenomenon. Filmmaker Calvin Theobald follows Justin Wong, a video-game prodigy sharpening his skills as he battles challengers in the cutthroat competitive world of Street Fighter IV. But as Justin fights his way through the ranks, he finds himself up against a formidable off-screen challenge -- his allegiance to The Empire, a video-gaming collective run by the charismatic and potentially destructive leader TriForce. Culminating in an epic battle at EVO, the largest video-gaming competition in the world, King of Chinatown shows us the entertaining on-the-ground trials of a Street Fighter IV sensation.||Torrent|
|Man Vs Snake||2016||Follows players attempting to hit 1 billion point on arcade game Nibbler||Netflix|
|Minecraft: The Story of Mojang||2012||About the creation and rise of Minecraft along with the company that created it (Mojang)||https://bit.ly/2qNA8uI|
|More Than A Game||2011||The annual fighting game kumite is upon us. Who will come out on top? More than a Game is a free video game documentary, exploring the world of competitive Street Fighter||https://bit.ly/2F55pyh|
|Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Documentary||2014||A documentary created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Naughty Dog game studio.||https://bit.ly/1CApj0n|
|Nintendo Quest||2013||One man's attempt to acquire the entire library of NES games in 30 days without buying any online||Torrent|
|Noclip Final Fantasy Doc||2017||A three-part documentary series on the incredible death and rebirth of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online.||https://bit.ly/2vyDyab|
|Once Upon Atari||2003||The history of Atari||https://bit.ly/2Hk6HLN|
|Playing Columbine||2008||Follows the video game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! in which players experience the Columbine High School massacre through the eyes of the killers||Torrent|
|Race to World First||2013||'Race to World First' documents the struggles, triumphs, and frustrations of the 25-man World of Warcraft guild Blood Legion as it prepares to beat the newest bosses released within the game by Blizzard Entertainment. This is a global battle between 12 million people and competition is intense. As the race gets underway, the film broadens in scope to include players from Finland, Russia, Australia, Great Britain, Greece, and Germany. They discuss what it takes to compete at the highest level, and the rivalries and life/game conflicts that inevitably arise. 'Race to World First' redefines the image of the gamer, focusing on the commitment, cooperation, and tremendous diversity within this culture. For gamers both proud and closeted.||Torrent|
|Rise of the Video Game||2007||5-part documentary series that aired on Discovery Channel.||https://bit.ly/25wLW1P|
|Second Skin||2008||Follows 7 people and their adventures into the world of MMORPGs||https://bit.ly/2vsKN3s|
|Special When Lit||2009||A feature length documentary film about pinball written and directed by Brett Sullivan.||Torrent|
|Spencer Halpin's Moral Kombat||2009||Focuses on video game violence around the Mortal Kombat franchise||Torrent|
|Street Fighter Anniversary Film: I Am Street Fighter||2013||https://bit.ly/1llWwng|
|Super Game Jam||2014||Super Game Jam is an engaging new documentary series following some of the worlds most talented indie game developers doing what they do best. Filmed in five cities over a six month time period, each episode pairs two indie developers together for 48 hours and challenges them to create a game based on a theme suggested by their peers. The series examines the creative process, technical skill, and friendships that form through a game jam event on a more personal and intimate level.||Steam|
|Tetris: From Russia With Love||2004||The story behind the fiendishly addictive game, a tale of high stakes, intimidation and legal feuds set against the backdrop of Cold War tensions between East and West.||https://bit.ly/2qOyFF6|
|Thank You For Playing||2015||Ryan begins working on a poetic video game to honor his son's life when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.||https://bit.ly/2HDxjaa|
|The Art Of The Game||2014||Explores the cultural importance of video gaming by following a group of students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco as they compete for a job in the video game industry.||https://bit.ly/2qPqkAg|
|The King of Arcades||2014||The King of Arcades details the life and times of punk rock musician and classic arcade collector, Richie Knucklez, when he takes his passion for collecting to new heights by opening an arcade business, only to watch it fall in the wake of economic hardship.||https://bit.ly/2F2cMql|
|The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters||2007||Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong||https://bit.ly/2HOHxSG|
|The Life of an E-Sports Gamer||2017||Informative documentary showing an inside view of what it takes to become a pro at video games.||https://bit.ly/2mcMjih|
|The Lost Arcade||2015||The influence of the Chinatown Fair arcade on the fighting game community and New York City as a whole||https://bit.ly/2K50cKv|
|The Smash Brothers||2013||9-part series that follows some of the most dominant players of Super Smash Bros Melee in the world||https://bit.ly/1DY0UDC|
|The Supergamers||2016||Dan Howell - "I want to know what sacrifices must be made to become a professional gamer, what they're risking for this career and what rewards it brings."|
That's the opening line from popular YouTuber Dan Howell and the host of this BBC Three TV show, Supergamers, which sees him follow top British eSports players around the world as they compete in various gaming tournaments.
It provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look into the lives of three young pros in particular: League of Legends players Raymond "KaSing" Tsang and Matt "Impaler" Taylor, as well as Team Dignitas' Hearthstone player James "Greensheep" Luo.
However, it's seemingly designed to provide a snapshot of the competitive gaming scene for those unfamiliar with it, without exploring the topic in too much detail. For a one-hour show it's a decent watch - and recommended viewing - but it focuses largely on the players' lives rather than the appeal of eSports as a whole.
It does reach a high note towards the end, touching on the magic of eSports and what makes it so great right, with a climatic scene featuring KaSing and his then team H2k spectating Fnatic and desperately hoping they win (thus qualifying H2k for the League of Legends 2015 World Championship)
|Thumb Candy||2000||Thumb Candy was a Channel 4 documentary about the history of computer games which was made by Talkback in 2000.||https://bit.ly/2qMIiUN|
|Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball||2008||The story of the clever attempt to resurrect pinball games.||https://apple.co/2HiN7LY|
|Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession||2004||A breakthrough documentary on the multi-billion dollar industry & the pioneers behind the blips on the screen. Decades later it's all gone extreme! Go beyond the pixels and behind the scenes for the true story about video games. Hosted by Tony Hawk, world champion skateboarder.||https://bit.ly/2F4s0v4|
|Video Games: The Movie||2015||Through interviews with developers, publishers and consumers, filmmaker Jeremy Snead examines video game history and culture and how the games are consumed.||Netflix|
|World of Warcraft: Looking for Group||2014||An all-new documentary celebrating 10 years of adventure, camaraderie, and /dancing on mailboxes all around Azeroth. Explore the history of WoW with its creators, and journey into corners of Blizzard and the WoW community youve never seen before.||https://bit.ly/1xdyotK|