The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Universal Pictures released a montage of scenes from the original Back to the Future as interpreted and recreated by various artists in different mediums. Plus, watch the recent hour-long episode of Disney XD’s DuckTales featuring Darkwing Duck in its entirety for free. And finally, listen to a chat about the making of the video game documentary Console Wars with the filmmakers. Read More »
Though Atari was the first massively successful home video game system, a flood of terrible games, including the infamously awful E.T. video game, brought the industry crashing down in the early 1980s. But in 1985, the world of home video gaming was brought back from the dead thanks to innovation from Japan in the form of Nintendo.
What followed was a massive behemoth of a video game company who dominated the entire market. Nintendo was raking in the dough and made it so that no other game system could even come close to challenging them, not even the return of Atari. But just as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Mario rose out of Japan to reinvigorate home video gaming, so too would SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog.
In 1989, SEGA was the new, cool kid on the video game block that mixed slick American marketing with traditional Japanese business, literally changing the game and sparking what pop culture would come to know as the Console Wars. It’s all chronicled in the new fascinating and sleek feature documentary of the same name, available today on CBS All Access. Read More »
The book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris chronicles the rivalry between the two video game companies that squared off for console supremacy in the home in the 1990s. The seminal period in video game history is already slated to become a limited series at CBS All Access, but now the streaming service is also going to turn the book into a feature documentary with Legendary Television Studios. Read More »