SFotD: ‘The Invention of Video Games’ is a Whimsical Semi-History Lesson

Why Watch? Most of what happens in this little look back at history might not have gone down exactly the way that director Matt MacDonald portrays here, but that doesn’t mean this short isn’t worth checking out. And, who knows, maybe “Space Invaders” really was born because one man wanted to train the world to have the hand-eye coordination to take on an alien menace. Can we ever really know for sure?

Regardless of the factual looseness, this movie succeeds with a sleek look that blends camp, 8-bit icons and clean camera work. Plus, it wears its extra life heart on its sleeve with a whimsical sense of humor (that includes evil robots stomping across the Great Wall of China). It’s a great five minutes of fun.

What will it cost you? Only 5 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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