If you haven’t watched a documentary about video games before, then you may be surprised to learn just how rich this niche genre of filmmaking
is. Whether the focus is on ‘80s arcade classics like Donkey Kong or modern online multiplayers like
Dota 2, there is a wealth of documentary content available to consume.
There is almost always a strong human element to these
stories which means that while video game players will take the most from them,
they can also be enjoyed by non-gamers. In fact, it’s the real-life
characters which are often most captivating - so don’t be surprised to see a few
of the same faces pop-up in multiple entries.
Some of the best examples of video game documentaries are freely
available to watch on YouTube, or through subscription based streaming
services. Those which cost to rent or buy don’t tend to be that extortionate
and often the purchase is supporting independent filmmakers. How to watch
information is included for every entry on this list, so if you see something that
appeals to you, be sure to check it out.