Game Over Documentary Review

Mike Matei / July 29th, 2014

James Rolfe and Pat Contri discuss Fuel Entertainment’s “Game Over” documentary. Which is about the recent dig in New Mexico where they uncovered a large amount of Atari games that were liquidated from Atari’s old plant in El Paso, Texas. Around 700,000 games in total are buried in the landfill, including games like Missile Command, Haunted House, Centipede, Asteroids and many others!

Comments

  • July 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Interesting.

    • August 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      fastest growing business in american history was slavery, and the industrial revolution with coal and machine technology. video games were/are a joke compared to how those business models dominated american history. pat likes to exaggerate and he is giving completely wrong information here.

      • mcnerven

        July 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        In 1976, Nolan Bushnell sold Atari to Warner Communications for $28 million and By 1980, sales of Atari home video systems had reached $415 million, with Wall Street minting Atari as the fastest growing company in American business, which is what Pat is referring to.

  • July 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Yes. I second that.

  • July 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    AWESOME!

    • July 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      I really liked this video, thanks for the review guys, im going to check it out as soon as i can, and i cant wait to see the avgn movie!

      I think james and pat works really good together and i hope to see more videos with you two guys. Plus like i really liked the Dr.jekyll and mr hyde team showdown video and when you have bad luck bootz on mike and james monday. you always have really good people to be in your videos. anyways keep up the good work and i cant wait to see more awesome videos

      • diesel

        July 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Must admit i like when they have Bad Luck Bootsy on the show.He’s one hardcore gamer.

  • July 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Kinda crazy at the same time that James was finishing the movie they are finding the landfill.

  • Wazzafuzza

    July 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    love these reviews

  • Monty22001

    July 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Since xbox studios is shutting down, not sure if they will be able to make any more.

  • July 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Did you see the Godzilla 2 teaser, they will include Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah in the new movie

  • July 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I’d love the next one to be the rise and fall of Sega as a console maker and how they managed to bounce back as a third party game developer.

    • Weldin Dunn

      July 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Dude, that’s fucking genius!

  • AxBunny

    July 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Maybe the next documentary in the series they’ll do will be about some of the scrapped and unfinished titles that are still hyped. I’m thinking Primal Rage 2. Another good one would be the history of companies like Nintendo and Sega and what they did before they started making video games. Of course for me personally I’d like to see a documentary about the canceled game Thrill Kill. I’m still pissed at EA over that one.

    • July 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Cancelled? I remember playing that game on my ps1 as a kid, admittedly it wasn’t a legit copy and came from a place with really obscure games but it still seemed completely finished with nothing missing. The game was fun to play with friends but the novelty wore off pretty quickly.

  • DavidB

    July 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    It’s annoying how James Rolfe is always saying “Um, um, um, um, um”, then pausing, and bobbing his head meekly; just putting on an act of meekness. It’s only been going on for the past few videos, but it makes them very awkward to watch and kind of phony.

    He’s like a thirty-something dude, not a four year old trying to perform at a school play.

    • TheYarsRevenge

      July 31, 2014 at 6:06 am

      You’re probably just used to the nerd videos which are written and rehearsed. There is something genuine about hearing him speak off the cuff. I don’t mind videos where he is his natural self and in the moment.

  • Joker83

    July 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    This was awesome. It wasn’t spoilers for AVGN movie which was good

  • Weldin Dunn

    July 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I didn’t get to see this yet, but I would like to at some point. I knew eventually somebody would make this doc.

  • Don Skiver

    July 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I’m really interested in seeing this film. You know what would make an awesome documentary? A documentary of “The Bit Wars” from the late 80’s/early 90’s. It could focus on the 2 major players, Nintendo and Sega, with eventually culminating in the introduction of Sony and the death of Sega. Fuck that would be awesome.

    • TaMs

      July 30, 2014 at 4:44 am

      If you’re into that stuff, the ultimate history of video games is pretty interesting read.

      • TheYarsRevenge

        July 31, 2014 at 6:07 am

        yeah, that’s a great book. Very thorough and accessible introduction to the subject matter.

  • pleasetakeabow

    July 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Will there be other documentaries? Microsoft closed down Xbox Entertainment Studios.

    • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

      July 30, 2014 at 5:11 am

      Get a PS4 LOL JP

  • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

    July 30, 2014 at 4:23 am

    James reminded me of my old councilor I had after I got back from Kunar Afghanistan when Pat is talking and James goes uhh huh uhh huhh mm mm yeah mm hmm yeah uhh huh LOL the only thing he forgot was and do you feel about that uhh huh uh huh uh huh and how does that make you feel uhh huh uhh huh uhh huh ok times up. LOL

    • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

      July 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

      Now do a damn Wizards and Warriors NES review James….Ooh Rah….What the FUCK over….

      • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

        July 30, 2014 at 5:10 am

        DAMN ONCE UPON ATARI WOW. Awesome review James and Pat. All you guys are the only reason I get on Internet . I love watching all you guys videos. You guys are fucking awesome and I wish I could do what you guys do. But I still got my old nes with a few good games and I can still knock out Tyson….Ooh Rah….

  • Wayne

    July 30, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I summon the powers of the great Internet beyond and resurrect the Digital Madman Atari website with all of the E.T. information and videos:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20080516123149/http://atari.digital-madman.com/

    Muahahaha!

  • FinallyGAF

    July 30, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Very funny. ‘Go see the AVGN movie.’ Alright… how about that digital download?
    Sorry, I don’t want to get impatient just at the finishing line. My part (and that of many others) for the last 4 years was waiting, waiting, waiting, so why not wait a little longer.

  • July 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    If this is going to be a series of documentaries, then I hope they’ll do one on Sega about them leaving the hardware business.

  • TheYarsRevenge

    July 31, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I love it when Pat guest stars in James’ videos. He’s always very engaging, thoughtful and witty. It was great seeing James at the Troma panel at Comic-Con. Too bad we both missed the Metallica event. Even the publicist for my company couldn’t pull a string to get me on the RSVP list. Although I probably would have given up my spot for the impromptu Game Over screening too.

  • Senna4ever

    July 31, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Saying the climax of the movie was disappointing as we knew via Twitter, etc there really was a landfill and what they found is a bit inane when (as covered in this very review) it was well documented at the time the landfill really did exit and it was a known fact ATARI did bury games and consoles there anyway.

    As they even say here, even though it was well known it really did exist…even back in the 80’s. It’s weird this “myth” had been built up.

    So I fail to see how the end can be a let down and blame Twitter, etc when EVERYONE already knew the “myth” was true decades ago.

  • nammm3

    August 2, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I don’t know anything about the landfill excavation until i’ll watch the documentary when it comes out >_< I had to stop at 9:43. Great review guys, i'ma certainly check out this movie!

  • August 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    So now they’re acting all surprised about why this became a myth, conveniently forgetting that James himself helped make it into a myth. Why did he choose this subject for his movie? Not because everyone already knew about the landfill, or because it wasn’t so special. No, he chose it because it was an urban legend among gamers.

    And to be honest I think James is a little pissed that they decided to dig up this landfill right as he released his movie. After all, the plot of his movie is more or less redundant now. The mystery has been solved, the games have been found. Sure it will still be an entertaining movie to see, but the suspense and mysterious factor is gone.

  • AnyExpression

    August 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    You both have great on-screen chemistry. I’d love to see you guys do more videos together. You can see there’s a lot of respect between you both.

  • October 22, 2014 at 1:20 am

    it’s strange that james worked with howard on the AVGN film and yet pat talks a lot more when speaking of howard. no hate. just found it a little strange. great video guys!

  • skwij

    October 30, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for the review and sharing your experiences at comic-con!

  • Michael Benson

    December 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Lol. Pat looks like he just woke up. He just popped out of bed, took a shower (maybe, grabbed a cup) and started filming.

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