This fascinating documentary explores the popular urban legend known as 'The Great Video Game Burial of 1983'. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to their ET video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. For decades, the myth of Atari and these 'ET' cartridges was whispered about among game fans everywhere. Director Zak Penn and his team head to the landfill where the videogames were supposedly buried to determine whether the story has merit.
Technology is evolving from an external tool we wield when needed to an always-there presence that is with us, on us, even inside of us. But are these new devices and technologies changing who we are? Are they making us better? As we become more and more wired, are we becoming digital devices ourselves? (S.1 Ep.2) (class. tba)
These professional video game players are not teenagers in their bedrooms, but e-sports legends who train 12 hours a day, play in stadiums packed with fans, and earn hundreds of thousands of pounds. YouTube sensation Dan Howell explores this strange world, following young hopefuls with dreams of reaching the top. From military combat games to strategic fantasies, everything is at stake: fame, glory and huge cash prizes. Largely ignored by traditional media, e-sports is part of a multi-billion pound industry that's bigger than Hollywood, and is about to explode into the mainstream.
This program exposes people who have risked everything for the promise of a life so far only experienced on a computer screen and in their fantasies. Discover what happens when the real world and the virtual world collide.