Release Date: February 9, 2004
I expected a potentially boring BBC documentary about a 30-year-old game, but was happily surprised by how interesting things got. The production quality was poor and what you would expect from an early 2000s broadcast TV doc, but the story is where this shines. The beginnings of the game development are interesting in a way, but mostly because Russia owned the rights and not the man who made it. Things really ramp up when the companies are fighting for the rights to the game. Clandestine meetings with communist governments, underhanded backstabbing, death threats from rich powerful guys, death threats from government officials, lawsuits, and a rich man disappearing after misappropriating hundreds of millions from a pension fund, are all things you can expect to see. It isn’t very long and is worth the time, even if you don’t like video games much.