November 20th 2014, 9:00 am PT
Remember earlier this year when I went out to the desert of New Mexico to join Director Zak Penn and get to the bottom of the legend of the ET Atari cartridges being buried? The full story can now be told in the form of “Atari: Game Over” now available for free on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Video.
It’s free and available right now, so let me know what you think after you watch it.
What the critics are saying:
“I’m quite serious when I say this is one of the best video game documentaries ever made. That’s still a pretty niche field, but Atari: Game Over belongs up there with Indie Game: The Movie and King of Kong as a real standout.” – Hayden Dingman, PC World
“After getting an advance screening this weekend, GeekWire highly recommends the film, particularly for gamers who grew up in the era of the Atari 2600 — and even more for those who didn’t, as a way of appreciating the roots of the games they play today.” – Todd Bishop, GeekWire
“Atari: Game Over is a wonderful movie. It’s a love story about video games, the people who play them and the people who make them.” – Colin Campbell, Polygon
“The hour-long film chronicles the rise and fall of Atari by literally uncovering the truth of what happened to millions of unsold ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ videogame cartridges in 1983.” – Marc Graser, Variety
November 4th 2014, 7:00 am PT
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be present as a group of gaming fans, media, and one really big excavator gathered in the New Mexico desert to uncover videogame history. You may have seen that yes, ET was buried in an Alamogordo landfill. But the real story story is how thousands of Atari artifacts (or more!) ended up there in the first place.
On Thursday, November 20th, Xbox and Lightbox will present “Atari: Game Over” exclusively on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and xboxvideo.com. The documentary is free on all of these platforms, for both Gold and Silver Xbox Live members.
“Atari: Game Over” will utilize a number of interactive features on the Xbox platform, including the ability to leave comments on the film that stay on the film’s timeline so your friends can see what you said at the same point in the film. The film’s director, Zak Penn, will also leave comments. There are also numerous outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips that are accessible for viewers.
I had a chance to see an early cut of “Atari: Game Over” during this summer’s San Diego Comic-con, and I think gamers of all kinds will enjoy seeing the Golden Age of videogames from the inside, even if they weren’t alive at the time.
Here’s the official description for “Atari: Game Over” – I’ll send out a tweet when it’s available to watch later this month:
Xbox is proud to present a new documentary film “Atari: Game Over” with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The film explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”). It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 20, 2014.
October 31st 2014, 8:02 am PT
Earlier this week, we shared a first look at the completely rebuilt cinematics for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Today, you’ve got the opportunity to see how 343 Industries set about giving Halo 2 the full Anniversary treatment as Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is ready for viewing.
Here’s how you can see it.
- Step 1: Get an Xbox One or an Xbox 360.
- Step 2: Go to the Xbox Video app and search for Remaking the Legend.
- Step 3: Download and enjoy…for FREE!
Don’t have your Xbox handy? You can watch via Xbox Video’s web player here. Or hop on to www.twitch.tv/xbox during the following times:
- Friday, October 31 – 11am Pacific
- Saturday, November 1 – 6pm Pacific
- Sunday, November 2 – 6pm Pacific
After November 3rd, the documentary will live at www.halowaypoint.com or www.youtube.com/halowaypoint for repeat, on-demand viewing.
Here’s a preview while you wait. Happy viewing!
September 22nd 2014, 9:06 am PT
The biggest games in our industry often launch with the fanfare of a live-action trailer. As Insomniac Games, the developers of Sunset Overdrive recently found out, perhaps not every game should attempt to cross over into real life. Take a look:
Check out the interactive behind-the-scenes video (complete with additional content, surprises and Easter Eggs) over on xbox.com/sunsetoverdrive.
Sunset Overdrive launches exclusively on Xbox One beginning October 28th.
June 19th 2014, 10:51 am PT
April 7th 2014, 8:25 am PT
Game DVR and Upload are among the most popular apps on Xbox One, and a new feature is about to make sharing your game clips even better. Starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One allowing you to share this video directly to your YouTube channel.
Here’s how it works: use Game DVR to capture your favorite gaming moments (“Xbox, Record That”), edit them in Upload Studio, then head over to the updated the YouTube app, and look for My Uploads. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, and more (find all the details on Xbox Wire).
More great video is heading to Xbox 360 tomorrow as well, as the GoPro app will become available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers With GoPro on Xbox 360. You can check out follow adventurers from around the world, or if you’re feeling adventurous yourself, even purchase GoPro cameras and accessories directly through the app.
To kick off the launch, GoPro is offering two exclusive videos that the Xbox community will get one week before they’re available elsewhere. Find more details on the app, and a preview of those videos, over on Xbox Wire.
March 25th 2014, 9:17 am PT
This week we’re rolling out new experiences on Xbox One and Xbox 360, perfect for fans of movies, baseball, and eSports.
Just in time for the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, the Major League Gaming app is now available for Xbox 360. Watch MLG’s premier competitions on your Xbox 360, Call of Duty’s Championship gets underway this Friday.
Major League Baseball’s season also throws out its first pitch of the season this weekend, and MLB.tv Premium subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to enjoy the new MLB.tv app for Xbox One. MLB.tv Premium offers live, HD-quality video of every out-of-market regular season game in 2014, plus full archives for every game. Visit MLB.com/Xbox for complete details.
Movie fans have more choices than ever starting today on Xbox 360 as we add ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY from Starz our extensive list of entertainment apps. Additionally, EPIX is prepping an Xbox One app, and has just added Time Warner Authentication for its Xbox 360 app.
For more on these apps click on over to Xbox Wire.
February 7th 2014, 9:38 am PT
Kinect Sports Rivals is getting is rapidly approaching, launching Spring 2014. While the focus of the game is in using Xbox One’s Kinect to bring you directly into a variety of sports activities, it also happens to be quite a good looking game.
In this new video, I introduce you to Louise O’Connor, Rare’s art director, who’ll take you on a guided tour of the Kinect Sports Rivals island. Learn the ins-and-outs of the challenges and hazards the island possesses, and get a leg-up on the competition.
Don’t forget, the Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason International Champions global wake racing contest is taking place all February long.