Gaming has been involved in general culture since they were first introduced to players. We have seen movies feature games in the background, sometimes in the spotlight of scenes, but few documentaries have been produced on our favorite hobby. Thanks to independent film makers, Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez, we can add World 1-1 to the extremely short list of documentaries that show the gaming industry from many angles. World 1-1 doesn’t pull punches and candy coat the early days of gaming at Atari- the main focus of this documentary. Many reading this are probably tired of hearing about Atari by now, considering there are many books and a plethora of Youtube videos about this iconic gaming company. World 1-1 takes a different approach, the story of Atari and the early days of gaming are told via the people that lived through it, in a no holds barred style of nostalgic fun.
The tale of World 1-1 is one of heartache, concern over money, innovation and triumph. These are the pioneers that were there in the trenches when there was no one else to look at and say “this is how we do it”. The people in World 1-1 were the historians creating history as they went. Everything comes from the people that lived it whenever possible. For pioneers that have passed away there are short anecdotes conveyed by co-workers and friends.
What World 1-1 does different than other documentaries based on gaming is that they use the actual pioneers. While other documentaries have a few pioneers, World 1-1 has, probably largest collection of people from the early days on hand. Mixed with the “talking head” style of discussion are many glimpses at video and print advertisements that draw on the nostalgia strings of anyone that was even around in the early days of gaming, let alone a gamer.
World 1-1 is a unique experience for anyone that is a gamer, a fan of gaming, or just remotely interested in the genre.