Despite the retro gaming scene’s wholesome pulse, first-gen followers from the ’80s and ’90s are caught in a tug of warfare between reaping the advantages of the development and holding on to what made them followers within the first place. The just-released documentary, Not For Resale, friends into the lives of small enterprise house owners who run used sport shops, a few of which have been born throughout Nintendo’s early console days and others that got here from the subsequent technology of gamers turned retailers. Through their distinctive views and interviews with gaming consultants, Not For Resale provides an inside have a look at the romantic aspect of classic gaming, in addition to the advanced truths you would possibly face once you construct your life round them in an more and more digital and fast-paced world.
Their aspect of the trade isn’t any stranger to like, loss, failure, or success, and Not For Resale gracefully shepherds you thru their tales. Many of them function touching reminders of why so many people fell in love with video video games within the first place, however for each heartwarming reminiscence, there’s additionally a chance to replicate. Why do bodily video games have that means? Does it purely come all the way down to possession? What will occur to the issues we maintain expensive right this moment within the palms of future generations?
Not For Resale is a celebration of video games, folks, and keenness. It covers a number of floor, even diving into the still-rocky experiences some gamers face when attempting to have interaction with trendy video games in places with poor web, the place retailer house owners supply stations for folks to usher in their very own consoles and obtain software program updates. Innovation is thrilling, and Not For Resale would not draw back from the argument that gaming has, in some ways, by no means been higher. It simply shines a lightweight on a subculture that is vulnerable to being solid apart alongside the best way.
Consumerism and video games go hand in hand, and each have modified in innumerable methods in the previous few a long time. When inspecting the connection between the 2, it is onerous to consider a greater group of witnesses than the enterprise house owners whose work is not simply primarily based round promoting new video games, however conserving them round and within the palms of gamers for generations to come back. Not For Resale was directed by Kevin J. James, and you’ll lease and stream it on Amazon, in 4K on Vimeo, or purchase the Blu-Ray direct from govt producer, Pat Contri.