Rock, Paper, Shotgun notes the kickoff of a new Discovery channel series called Rise of the Videogame
. Blogger John Walker discusses the show, which just began last week, with an eye towards its research rigor and friendliness to the subject matter. He comes away fairly impressed
, both by the topics covered and the casting. Along with games industry luminaries like Nolan Bushnell
and Al Alcorn
, they chat with folks like Steve Russell (of Spacewar!
fame) and Smartbomb
author Heather Chaplin. "A little visually overwrought with its montage footage of real-world conflict, it's otherwise a solid, informative and supremely well 'cast' documentary. If you've read around the subject, it won't tell you anything new. But it's fantastic to hear the stories from the people themselves. Episode 2 is very sensibly about the rise of Mario, next Wednesday."