Ahoy Captain Cats here and today we are going to look at the newest video game documentary from Netflix and that documentary is High Score.
The mini-series tries to trace the history of famous classic games and innovations but to be honest, fails in making it a worth watch. While some of the topics are worth looking into such as what was going on inside the mind of Tomohiro Nishikado, the creator of Space Invaders, the MIT dropout trio of Doug Macrae, Steve Golson, and Mike Horowitz who invented “Mod Kits” for arcade machines and Jerry Lawson, the unsung hero of the gaming industry that many people tend to forget. I wish they focus on these types of stories and how the way they did change the gaming world for years to come.
Other parts such as how Sega won the west, how ID Software came to be, and how Starfox was created were interesting as well, but sadly from here on out the series felt like a huge filler and didn’t pay its respect to the history of gaming. We all know how Nintendo saved the gaming industry, they completely did do both role-playing games and fighting games justice at all and how they focus on how the negative side of games such as Doom, Night Trap, Dungeons & Dragons and Mortal Kombat. This series reminded me of “Enter the Anime” in terms of what they were trying to do and show off, but in the end, it was a lifeless show with a few heartbeats but very rarely.
The series was created Great Big Story and I’m very disappointed in them because I know they can do better than this, the only thing that they did good on was the intro of the series was good and they got Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, to be the narrator. High Score is not the best video game documentary out there if you want a really good recommendation to go watch Diggin’ in the Carts by Red Bull Music Academy. It is about how video game music was created and they are more informed about what was going on during that time and era in gaming.