Train2Game News GoldenEye Documentary Coming Soon

Altitude is thrilled to announce the June 27th release of the new video game documentary GoldenEra on Altitude.film and other digital platforms in the UK and Ireland.
 

The feature-length documentary focuses on the untold story of the creation of iconic first-person shooter GoldenEye 007, and its remarkable legacy. Viewers will learn how a young and inexperienced team at UK development studio Rare were handed the James Bond licence, before making a game that would change the medium forever when it was released on Nintendo’s N64 console in 1997.
 

25 years after that launch, director Drew Roller has been given unrivalled access to numerous members of the original GoldenEye 007 team, as well as press and authors that covered the game or saw their careers shaped by its impact, and players whose lives it changed.
 

Filled with fascinating insights, insider details and a thorough look at GoldenEye 007’s legacy, Roller has crafted a truly independent documentary that is unashamedly created for fans, by fans.
 

GoldenEye 007 wasn’t just an obsession for me in the late 1990s; it inspired my career, and continues to influence me to this day,” says Roller, who has also worked as a software designer, writer, editor, music video producer and commercial director. “And it didn’t just influence who I am – through speaking to so many game industry experts, it’s clear it informed a lot of other careers. And perhaps moreso, the game went on to shape titles that have become phenomena of popular culture, such as Call of Duty and Halo.

Equally, GoldenEye 007 introduced design conventions now standard in countless successful titles. When you play a game today, there’s almost certainly some GoldenEye 007 DNA in there. That’s what makes this story so important to tell.”
 

“It was sheer strength of passion and devotion that drove Drew and his small team to make this truly special piece of filmmaking – and for this reason we’re thrilled to release GoldenEra on June 27th” added an Altitude spokesperson. “Drew’s documentary is a captivating snapshot of a perfect storm and offers unique behind-the-scenes insights into the seminal game’s creation and legacy.”
 

Ultimately, GoldenEra tells the riveting tale of how creative freedom, raw talent and the world of James Bond were brought together by developer Rare – just at the time when new gaming tech allowed the developers to realise a vision that changed gaming forever. The film is deeply authentic, human and enthusiastic – and captures a moment in late ‘90s popular culture as important as BritPop and New Labour! As many in the game industry will tell you, video games have had two eras: ‘before GoldenEye, and after GoldenEye’. And today, long after GoldenEye, Rare’s creation remains supported by an active player community who host tournaments and even update the game with modern features. A sign that 25 years after release, GoldenEye 007 is as relevant as ever.
 

GoldenEra will be available on Altitude.Film and other digital platforms in the UK and Ireland From June 27th.

Train2Game News From Bedrooms to Billions out now

From Bedrooms to BillionsToday, the global videogame market is worth a staggering $93 Billion, far larger than the $15bn music industry, and bigger still than the $88.3bn worldwide film industry.

2014 has also proved to be a momentous year for the industry in the UK, with the sector getting back on track and witnessing the long-awaited introduction of Games Tax Relief. As such, this is an opportune time to review and reflect on the UK’s incredible heritage and role in creating what is now, the biggest entertainment business on Earth.

‘From Bedrooms to Billions’, a new two-hour feature length documentary film which tells that remarkable, true story of the British Videogame Industry from 1979 to the present day is out today.

‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ is a crowdfunded production, two and a half years in the making, that shows how the creativity and vision of a relatively small number of individuals allowed the UK to play a key, pioneering role in the shaping of today’s multi-billion dollar videogame industry.

Developments in computer technology in the UK of the late 70s early 80s helped inspire a generation of small teams of enthusiasts, hobbyists, school kids, bedroom coders and entrepreneurs to make and release some truly classic games. ‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ reveals some of the remarkable stories, struggles and successes that saw the UK videogame industry go from quite literally nothing to a major force littered with original thinkers, innovators and eccentric characters.

The film then looks at how the cottage-style early games business began to evolve into a fully-fledged industry which in turn inspired more young developers and publishers to enter the industry, before the appearance of overseas games platforms presented an all new challenge by the early to mid-1990s.

It also features interviews with key contributors to the UK story, including Peter Molyneux, Jeff Minter, David Braben, David Perry, Jason Kingsley, Mark Healey and many others from across video game development, publishing and journalism from over the past 40 years, combined with compelling archive footage.

‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ is the first to attempt to bring this amazing story together. Starting in the late 70s, spanning ‘Thatcher’s Britain’ of the 80s and culminating in the dramatic shift of fortunes for the UK Video Games Industry by the late 90s. The film celebrates the importance of this era and why it has become such a landmark period in the history of British invention, creativity and industry.

‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ is rapidly becoming regarded as one of the most comprehensive and thorough video game documentaries ever created and is essential viewing for anyone interested in video games, either as a player or as a creator.

The film is available now from www.frombedroomstobilliions.com