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Title:   High Score
Director:   Jeremy Mack
Year:   2006
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   03.16.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
03.16.06Austin Convention CenterThis Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2006
after that I saw High Score. it's a documentary on some dude in Portland who's trying to break the world record high score for Missile Command (it's like 80 million points). Before this though, there was a short doc about some video game that reflects current events. oooh, special. Anyway, this was a good doc... it was short and to the point. You'd think there wouldn't be much of a story there but there totally was. See, the problem with him beating the high score wasn't that he couldn't get that far or anything like that... it's that the 20 year-old circuitry and programming of the game makes it randomly reset itself after a period of intense play. So he's try for it, get like 18 hours in with a score of 30 million points, then it'd crash and reset to 0. Riveting on film, man... I think we've all had our computer lock up and erase something important that you haven't saved to disk so you can imagine playing a game for almost a day then having everything erase in the blink of an eye.

The real gem of this movie though... the thing that absolutely made it for me... was at the end after the guy's dealt with such a stunning blow and resolved to try again next year. He's sitting there talking to the camera and he says "Missile Command, I'm alright at. Asteroids, I'm alright at that... but my real passion is... rollerskating" and it cuts to a shot of him at a roller rink positively GETTING DOWN while wearing skates. What a hilariously non sequiter ending... it really made my day.

He was there for a Q&A and vowed to focus his marathon highscore attentions on Galaga and Q-bert after besting Missile Command and Asteroids. Good luck, dude!
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