Retro game lovers, get ready for a documentary made just for you! A documentary drama called The Button Bashers is currently in production with the hopes of being released in late 2021.
The film is created by Elerby Studios and explores computer gaming dating all the way back to the 80s. The Button Bashers was written, directed and funded by Elerby Studios owner, Lee Bolton, who explains his reasoning for creating the movie saying "This film has been my passionate project at the studio. I grew up with the 80s computer games." He goes on to say, "It's a documentary drama, so we've got interviews with the people who were involved in making games in their back bedrooms, speaking about how they made a lot of money in a short space of time, and then we have actors too. Now, it's a multi-billion dollar industry. It's really interesting, it's like a piece of history."
For our part, we're excited to see some of the creators who were included in the documentary, some of the people interviewed in the movie are huge in the industry to this day and are still making games for the Xbox and PS5.
Elerby Studios is in talks with a production company in the US, but no details have been revealed that unfortunately means we don't yet know how or when it will be released however we're keeping an eye out for when we might get to watch the upcoming documentary drama.
Is The Button Bashers something you'd be interested in checking out?
Video games are a universal language, but each country has their own history with gaming culture. For Estonia, video games existed, but didn't really gain widespread popularity until the mid 1980s to the early 1990s.
An exhibit called Do Something Useful Instead is now available for virtual tour from LVLup! and the National Library of Estonia. LVLup! shares a little bit about the tour on social media saying "The tour takes the grown-ups back to their youth and introduces retro consoles and games to young people. Some of these consoles and games date back to the 1970s."
In a tale as old as time, well, at least as old as video games, gaming wasn't seen as a useful way to spend your time, and this was no different in Estonia. Children were constantly being told to "do something useful instead" hence, the name of the exhibit.
The museum tantalizes us with those warm fuzzy nostalgic feelings, saying, "Mario Bros., Street Fighter II, Brick Game, Pac-Man, Road Race, Circus, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tale Spin, Flipper, or that handheld game console with the silver frame, featuring Indians - If these names ring a bell and bring back good memories, then we strongly recommend to take part in the tour, and click 'going'."
You don't have to tell us twice, we're there. For anyone interested in visiting the exhibit in person, it will be open when the current COVID situation allows. for everyone else, all you have to do is click a link.
If you're a fan of Miyazaki films and video games, you need to check out Crystalis, now available on the Nintendo Switch. If you're not a fan of Miyazaki, your homework before you play is to watch Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Crystalis was created by a video game company called SNK and was their answer to the Zelda series by Nintendo. It was released in 1990 for the NDS, but the story takes place in 2097 where humanity has gone back to a simpler time. You get to name the hero when you start your journey, and you'll find yourself in an adorable town called Leaf after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for the last 100 years. From there you can explore the little town and when you get the sort of wind, you will be ready to go up against the monsters roaming the surrounding land.
With the beautiful 8-bit pixel graphics and stunning music, Crystalis is worth playing whether that's for the first time or to revisit your childhood. It's very heavily inspired by Miyazaki's masterpiece Nausicaä, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in our book.
For a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, all you have to do play is download the Nintendo Entertainment System app, and you're good to go.
Are you interested in playing the Zelda-Miyazaki hybrid Crystalis?