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Rise of the Video Game

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Docu covers games' evolution; some strong images.

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The series is informative, looking at the overall social influences that have inspired major advances in game technology and content. It also provides some interesting examples of how the creative process works and discusses the medium as an avenue for creative expression. Different points of view are presented about the tensions between corporate culture and the creative teams behind the games.

But the show's focus is really on the evolutionary and revolutionary role that video games continue to play in our lives -- even for those who don't play them. That, plus a bit of iffy language and some fairly graphic footage from the games being discussed, makes Rise of the Video Game a bit strong for younger kids (though chances are they won't be that excited about watching a documentary anyway). But avid teen and adult gamers may find it compelling viewing.

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