Our StoryPersistent Productions and its associates are making a documentary film capturing the significant role video games have had across the world. Filming in Wales, England, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, and Cuba interviewing video game competitors, both professionals, and casual players; video game developers of both hardware and software; and video game journalists and critics, to capture the social history of video games and the significant role it is playing in sport, science, and art of the digital age, illustrating Walter Day and the town of Ottumwa’s rational for the desire to protect video game history and acknowledge the significant role video games have had and are having across the world.
Bonuslife: Extended Play examines the role of, what is popularly labelled, e-sport (‘e’ for electronic). Arguably e-sport became something all together different in 1987 when IBM’s Deep Blue (a super computer designed) beat Gary Kasparov at Chess, which it did. For many this went unnoticed, but it must mean something when a machine that doesn’t strictly have intelligence, as we know it, beats the world’s best chess player.
Bonuslife: Extended Play looks at how computer game technology is developing unforeseen skills in other fields. Hank Chien, NYC, Harvard graduate and NYC plastic surgeon took part in a double-blind experiment. The experiment measured whether or not surgeons who play video games are better at surgery (the thinking behind this was due to the modern surgical tools ‘joy-stick’ like controls; the surgeon performs surgery while looking at a monitor). The result proved that surgeons who play video games not only perform surgery quicker, but they do so with less error. Arguably video games are retraining or possibly creating skills that have gone unchallenged or under developed.
Bonuslife: Extended Play investigates the seemingly unique aesthetic of video games. Video games in the early invention were as simple as a two-way joystick (go left, go right) and a single button, basic colors, and simple bleeps for sounds. In less than forty years video games have continued to utilize every available computer technology to enhance game play. Video games can now ask you to get out of your seat and dance, jog on the spot, sing, solve lateral thinking puzzles, and many of these games can be played alone, or in small groups, or with potential millions over the internet. Strangely though, there are some games that just won’t die. They were popular when they first came out, and they are popular today. These games are the ‘Mona Lisa’ of video games.
Bonuslife: Extended Play also discusses much needed debate on the topic of sex and violence in video games, and also video game addiction. Just as movies have been required to adjust their ethical position on sex in regard to their audience, and just as sports across the world have needed to include high security to control potential violent outbreaks among the misguided passions of fans, and just as tobacco companies in many countries are forced to identify the damaging and addictive nature of their product, so too will video games have to offer ethical, responsible, and transparent information to their consumers and public at large.
What We Need & What You Get
Your contributions will be going towards the following areas:
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Travel- In order to get the footage needed to make this a successful film we will need to travel to various locations and events for interviews and valuable filming opportunities.
Licensing- We may need to purchase the rights to some footage and/or audio tracks.
Equipment and Supplies- Many different types of equipment, supplies and resources will be needed in order to complete this film.
We are offering many different perks that can accompany your contribution depending on which tier you choose. Some of the perks we offer are T-shirts, signed memorabilia, and film credits.
As always we appreciate every contribution made to help us complete our goal of making this film, Bonus Life:Extended Play.
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