High Score (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for High Score:

One word – Nerdgasm.

Quick synopsis:

A documentary which illuminates us all on how video games came to be.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

The aliens in Space Invaders are actually sea creatures set to pixilation. Go look. I’ll wait.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

Nintendo wasn’t a video game company originally. It was founded in 1889 to make playing cards.

My Take on High Score:


A lot of entertainment options nowadays try to bring you back to old time periods. I find most are very unsuccessful in this endeavor. They will lean too heavy into a time, like the 80s, and overwhelm you with too many details that assault your senses and ultimately end up seeming forced.

Then there is High Score. Whoever made this knew what 8-year-old me wanted to see and they delivered. There is a ton of information you never knew about behind the scenes.

The battle between Nintendo and Sega, the move to 3-D, multiplayer, and how arcades came and went are all covered. The show never spends to long on any one thing and adds a lot of interesting information along the way.

Please excuse me, I’m going to figure out how to go play The Legend of Zelda.


I was transported back to playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nintendo. If you ever played video games, go watch this. Watch it here!

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