Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Watch Driester Online: 1980s Dutch Arcade Documentary

With English subtitles of course. I'm watching it right now, and the video documents the rising popularity of Video Games (specifically classic arcade games) in the Netherlands. The video runs for just over 30 minutes.

It's fascinating to watch people react to Arcade Games when computers, for most people, existed only in Star Trek. You can feel the excitement in the video because everyone intuitively understands that the world is changing, forever, towards a more futuristic and electronic existence. The neon CRT monitors light up the arcade with every conceivable color and you can feel the electrons in the air. Suddenly, humans can create virtual space, time, and spaceships, and to be honest I don't think we've fully come to terms with the implications of computer software.

Arcades were the first step in integrating people and software on a global scale. Watching the phenomenon happen to another country proves doubly exciting. You can't go back to the '80s, but you can certainly watch a few arcade documentaries.

Click here to check out the documentary, entitled "Driester." Feel free to post your reaction to the film in the comments section!

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