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By
Jim Mitchell

6 Jun 2016 - 11:27 AM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2016 - 3:58 PM

Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution

“For over 200,000 years, man survived without video games,” says the narrator of this insightful film that asks the question; why are we so obsessed with video games? From the simplicity of Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man to AI and virtual reality technology, Gameplay looks at the development of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry and its impact on society.

 

20 Moves

We all know it, that iconic multi coloured cube that has vexed millions across the globe, became an ‘80’s sensation and is enjoying a resurgence today. 20 Moves reveals the story behind the puzzle, its highs and lows and pop cultural influence while taking us inside the world of ‘speed cubing’ competitions.

 

Plastic Galaxy: The story of Star Wars toys

Which other toys could be just as valued by kids as they are by their adult counterparts? In original packaging or no, Star Wars kick started the merchandise and licensing industry and expanded the franchise’s interactivity immeasurably. Hardcore fan-boys and creators explain their nostalgic infatuation with these Kenner plastic treasures accompanied by engaging stories about Star Wars paraphernalia.

 

Wordplay

Go inside the making of The New York Times crossword puzzle and the brilliant mind of its esteemed editor of 23 years, Will Shortz. From satirist Jon Stewart to Bill Clinton and folk rockers Indigo Girls, the crossword has garnered a fervent following. Wordplay also depicts the excitement - yes excitement - of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament that Shortz founded.