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Classic Game Room: The Rise and Fall of the Internet's Greatest Video Game Review Show - documentary DVD review
CLASSIC GAME ROOM: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE INTERNET'S GREATEST VIDEO GAME REVIEW SHOW Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Appearing: Mark Bussler, David Crosson
Director: Mark Bussler   Studio: Inecom Entertainment Company
DVD release: 28 August 2007   Runtime: 100 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
DVD Features: Subtitles (English), Audio Tracks (English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Feature-length commentary track with Writer/Director Mark Bussler, 3 Blogs on production including a bonus review of Berzerk for Atari 2600, Original Classic Game Room Trailer, Trailers for "Expo: Magic of the White City," "Horses of Gettysburg," and "World War I - American Legacy"

Done in tongue-in-cheek mockumentary style, Classic Game Room is the story of Mark Bussler and David Crosson's classic video game review show that appeared on the Internet between 1999 and 2000. With its irreverent humor, Classic Game Room plays more like a comedy than a straight video game review show - a good thing, because they don't take themselves too seriously. If you are a hardcore gamer or just a casual fan, this is a fun, nostalgic look at some of those classic video games.

The DVD opens up with Japanese industrial film combined with disco music; quite a way to open. It then goes on to review "Duck Hunt" for the NES, "X-Men" for Sega Genesis, "Joust" for the Playstation, "Sega Gt" for Dreamcast, "Frogger" for Atari 2600, "Seaman" for Dreamcast, "Missile Command" for Playstation, "Perfect Dark" for Nintendo64, "Yar's Revenge" for Atari 2600, and last but not least, "Alien" for Atari 2600.

With only a fifty-dollar budget and Internet video technology in its infancy, David and Mark simply had a good, beer-drinking (and beer bottle-throwing) romp of a time when they were young and could turn their time and energy to such a thing. As you watch, the reviews beome less and less important as Mark and David develop their show and their personas for what essentially fell apart with the dot-com boom. Definite highlights are the "Seaman" review (the interaction between them and the game is pricelss) and their mock-up of MTV's "The Real World."

Bonuses include a commentary track by Mark Bussler, three blogs on production, including a review for "Berzerker" for Atari 2600, a trailer for "CGR", plus trailers for Bussler's other, more serious films, Expo - Magic Of The White City, Horses of Gettysburg, and World War I: American Legacy. Though they never made any money, David and Mark did get viewers, and for sure they would be YouTube stars had they decided to do Classic Game Room today.
reviewed by Bobby Blades
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