Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade Reviews

  • Aug 07, 2016

    These gamers are nuts. It really is crazy how huge these people got in such a small pond. The rise and fall of the arcade was roughly a three year period back in the 80s and these guys still live in that world with their achievements. Its just crazy. Film really shows you this little world.

    These gamers are nuts. It really is crazy how huge these people got in such a small pond. The rise and fall of the arcade was roughly a three year period back in the 80s and these guys still live in that world with their achievements. Its just crazy. Film really shows you this little world.

  • Jan 27, 2013

    Endearing and depressing.

    Endearing and depressing.

  • Jan 24, 2013

    Fantastic documentary and perhaps the best glimpse one can get of the retro video game world of the 1980's.

    Fantastic documentary and perhaps the best glimpse one can get of the retro video game world of the 1980's.

  • Nov 26, 2012

    An interesting documentary. You don't invest in the characters as much as "King of Kong" but still worth a viewing.

    An interesting documentary. You don't invest in the characters as much as "King of Kong" but still worth a viewing.

  • Oct 20, 2012

    An interesting film, about those who were at one time, and probably still are the best at playing video games. This film is not as good as "The King of Kong", however they both came out the same year, so that is a neat fact. However, "King of Kong" kind of gives the viewer a good vs. evil, and a hero to cheer for. This film just tells the story of these people were once featured in Life magazine for being the best video game players, and were they are now in life, and what it was like. How the industry has changed, so it is a different film. If you like "King of Kong", and what some more knowledge or see other people in the industry. Then I highly recommend this film, otherwise don't bother, and see "King of Kong" first.

    An interesting film, about those who were at one time, and probably still are the best at playing video games. This film is not as good as "The King of Kong", however they both came out the same year, so that is a neat fact. However, "King of Kong" kind of gives the viewer a good vs. evil, and a hero to cheer for. This film just tells the story of these people were once featured in Life magazine for being the best video game players, and were they are now in life, and what it was like. How the industry has changed, so it is a different film. If you like "King of Kong", and what some more knowledge or see other people in the industry. Then I highly recommend this film, otherwise don't bother, and see "King of Kong" first.

  • Oct 18, 2012

    This movie will provoke inevitable comparisons to The King of Kong, since they both involve many of the same classic video game enthusiasts. Whereas King of Kong presents itself as a character-driven sports movie, complete with hero and one of the biggest villains in documentary film history (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration). Chasing Ghosts definitely presents its characters in a more honest light, allowing them to portray themselves however they wish. The picture presented may be more honest, but is in no way more optimistic. It is surprising how negatively some of the individuals portray themselves, and how sad some of their stories are.

    This movie will provoke inevitable comparisons to The King of Kong, since they both involve many of the same classic video game enthusiasts. Whereas King of Kong presents itself as a character-driven sports movie, complete with hero and one of the biggest villains in documentary film history (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration). Chasing Ghosts definitely presents its characters in a more honest light, allowing them to portray themselves however they wish. The picture presented may be more honest, but is in no way more optimistic. It is surprising how negatively some of the individuals portray themselves, and how sad some of their stories are.

  • Sep 13, 2012

    can't help but compare this to The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which came out the same year. good, but not quite as good.

    can't help but compare this to The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which came out the same year. good, but not quite as good.

  • Jul 23, 2012

    An interesting look at the age of arcades and the video game champions that resided therein. And yet, there's really not much of a happy ending, despite a few of these champions finding life after video games.

    An interesting look at the age of arcades and the video game champions that resided therein. And yet, there's really not much of a happy ending, despite a few of these champions finding life after video games.

  • Jul 18, 2012

    Interesting look at the history of video games and a bunch of pathetically lovable losers.

    Interesting look at the history of video games and a bunch of pathetically lovable losers.

  • Jul 15, 2012

    Pretty boring compared to the King of Kong.

    Pretty boring compared to the King of Kong.