Here’s Why You Should Get Unlocked: The World of Games

What do you get when you stick a bunch of celebrities in a room with a bunch of gaming nerds to talk about video games? One pretty awesome documentary!

Unlocked: The World of Video Games, Revealed follows 8 celebrities around to see how video games has influenced certain aspects of our society. Rather then bore you to death with facts and charts, Jeremy Snead opted to instead take you behind the scenes of how video games are made and how games are being used in hospitals to help heal patients, as an example.

Now I’m going to be frank and let you know upfront that I was granted a media pass to watch all the episodes before they were released to the public. I haven’t been able to see them all yet, so I can only report on what I’ve learned so far. I’ll update this article as I finish the remaining episodes. I’m also going to see about getting an interview with the director as well, so if you have any questions you want me to be sure to ask him, let me know in the comments!

So far, I’m very impressed with this documentary. If you want an honest review of video games and the positive effects it is having on society, this series delivers. I’m tempted to just buy a copy and give it to my parents for a Christmas gift so that they can “finally see the light” when it comes to video games. I’ve talked and argued with them at length on the validity of video games and the importance it has in my life. Had this documentary come out years ago, it would have definitely eased the stress levels in the household because they would finally understand gaming for what it truly is, the other day they got mad because I got the best gaming monitor right now, but who wouldn’t want to get it? But don’t worry, my parents understand alot more now about gaming but still stress the balance between it and enjoying life “offline”.

Unlocked wanted to add some spice by pulling in some BIG name celebrities. Sean Astin; of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Michael Rooker; of The Walking Dead series, Penn Jillette; of Penn & Teller, William Shatner; of Star Trek, and so many more are part of the lineup. Each actor looks at a different area of gaming, such as its influence in helping hospital patients heal and explosive growth of competitive video gaming, also known as esports. It seems to me that as each actor tackles their respective area, they come to a better understanding of just how transformative gaming can be and the influence it can have on our culture, for both good and bad. The media in some ways has negatively influenced our view on video games, all because one nutjob went for a joyride in a stolen car and caused a horrible accident. What Unlocked wants to show is that even though bad things happen, and should be dealt with in the correct way, it should by no means cut off the flow of creativity and the good things that can come from video games.

If you’ve watched the trailer and read this far in the article, I think it is safe to say that you are probably interested in this documentary. Never fear, I have two final things to share with you.

1: Unlocked is now available to order on-demand! (Released December 15, 2016)

2: You can order it on Amazon Video, iTunes, Steam or Google Play.

One more thing before you go, what do you think of this documentary? Will you watch it?

What’s next for Nintendo’s Miyamoto?

Game creator Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintedo is the on responsible for much beloved games such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda and many more titles will try to shake up the gaming world anew with his inkling to create something fresh.

In a CNN interview, the Nintedo honcho said through an interpreter that, “I am really keen to work on something really new, which eventually is going to be important for the future of Nintedo”. He also added that, “I would like to try to do something which might be able to expand the boundary or the definition of video games.”

The interview was done after Wired reported that Miyamoto is going to step down as the company’s director and producer responsible for the development of products and games.

Nintedo said that, “Miyamoto’s role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintedo’s development efforts.”

The gaming revolutionary will have a senior role in the company and is responsible in helping carve the future of Nintedo’s hardware and software.

Miyamoto said that they have to “incorporate something new all the time.” He also added that, “everything starts from something small whenever we are trying to find out something new.”

The Nintendo Executive declined to give details on their upcoming project in depth. But he gave clues such as gyroscopes and wireless proximity communication as technologies that he would like to pursue.

Photo Credit: Bob Riha Jr./

Nintendo’s Miyamoto not retiring yet

This is what Nintendo was quick to respond to on the report that Shigeru Miyamoto, one of their best guys, was quoted saying that he will be retiring.

Wired magazine published quotes stating that he wanted to lighten his workload and would want the younger generation to take the spotlight.

A Nintendo spokesperson, in a report by Reuters, explained that Miyamoto was misquoted.

“This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned,”

So who is Shigeru Miyamoto?

He is the legendary video game designer and producer that made some of the most successful video game franchises of all time, including Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of ZeldaStar Fo, F-Zero, and Pikmin.

The Kyoto-born designer is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including a spot in both  GameTrailers “Top Ten Game Creators”  and IGN’s “Top 100 Game Creators of All Time”, and was the  first interactive creator nominee at the Prince of Asturias Award, the highest recognition in the Spanish-speaking world. He was also  featured in TIME Asia’s “60 Years of Asian Heroes” in 2006.

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