A documentary about what video games have become in the 21st century and how they've transcended art and technology on their way to becoming a leading cultural influence on creativity everywhere.
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2015

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​In this film, through the voices of many within the industry, we discuss the benefits that video games have created for everyday people, as well as the challenges they have faced in being legitimized as art and the alleged violent and addictive qualities they are claimed to have. Along with this, we also discuss the effects of the indie community on games, and how video games are being embraced in everyday life.


Directed by: Richard Cook
Featuring: Adam Sessler, Kellee Santiago, Patrick Scott Patterson, David Eddings, Chris Wiseman, James Portnow, Chris Kohler, Warren Spector, Feargus Urqhart, Gordon Walton, and more.

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    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
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    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
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    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10+
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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Overall:
Mixed (10 reviews)
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wany1981
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
A pretty in depth mini film about modern game's pixel art and it's impact on the 21 century society...

Very relaxing visual documentay with nice sound effect during the entire film.. It's well thought of and well made.

Definitly much interesting experince then some of the other gaming documenty on steam...

A worth watch for anyone that plan to take digital art as future profession but it's ultimatly not for everyone.

8/10 experience... and YES! Video game is ART! Video game rulez
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Procedural Texture
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Pixel Poetry is ambitious in scope. It tackles a series of questions that have been asked many times, and places these discussions within a history of the medium. In this, it is competent but not original.

But what it does very well is more subtle. It relates the progress, milestones and growing pains of video games to the evolution of forms of human expression and authorship as a whole. I came away with a deeper sense of what kind of *thing* a video game is, as a cultural object, and also what unrealized potentials it has.

If you're just a consumer of games, there's a well produced hour+ of infotainment here. If you also like thinking deeply about games, or applying your creativity to making them, Pixel Poetry opens up a rich vein of ideas and hopefully sets you digging.
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zombiecamel
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
I would rate it 3,5/10, because I felt bored and seen nothing new. Ok, a few talking heads, and game trailers. To which people is targeted this movie? Gamers know everything what was said there, and - be frank - nobody else are going to watch it.
And it is well crafted, but I would call it 'decent'. It's not Werner Herzog, obviously.
Also, the music irritated me.

Pixel Poetry is like a web article stretched to over an hour long documentary size.
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Pepe Roni
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
This is a pretty good documentary. I received it as part of a bundle, so I can't really comment on the price, but I did enjoy watching it. Basically, it reaffirmed many things I already felt about video games and opened my mind to other things that I did not already think of. The negative reviews I see posted so far seem pretty trivial and I think that if you are a fan of video games at all, you will enjoy this video. And since you are on steam, that question answers itself. As far as the cost of the video goes, even though it seems reasonably priced, I cannot coomment. The price isn't high, at $5.99, but for 1:10, who knows what people expect.
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PSP
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
If you like art and video-games, this documentary is more than worth the watch. They do a great job breaking the sacred cows there are about considering games as art, why some games are art and some are just toys, and so on. The guests are people from inside the game developing world so they do know what they are talking about, and everyone have something interesting they bring to the table.

There is nothing special about the filmography, and the soundtrack is a bit out of the place sometimes, but it do get its message through. It's pretty cheap and has a hour of content, there's no reason not to watch it.
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lucasdgc
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
The film is good, some nice insights on art, interactive and videogames.

The problem is that the Steam Movie Player is a joke. Awful stability, framerate and connection. I'm unable to let the movie load before watching, it only streams a few seconds at a time. Gladly I bougth this on sale, so less money was wasted.

If you are interest on watching this film, wich you should be, I recommend buying it on GOG.

Never buying another film on Steam again...
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Ames
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I feel like something must have gone wrong here. There is a soundtrack that loops over the movie, almost entirely up to the half way point and then it switches to an equally obnoxious music loop. This music loop is extremely annoying to the point of distracting you completely from the content of the movie. When the loop changes half way through, the new loop is too loud and drowns out the people being interviewed!

To make matters worse, the gameplay clips scattered through the movie still have sound and music from the game - which plays at the same time as the soundtrack loop of the film. This was clearly a choice to not mute the gameplay or to not dip the music loop of the film.

I kept checking to see if maybe I had left something playing on my computer, or if I had accidently bugged out the steam stream and it was playing the intro music ad nausum. Sadly, this seems to have been a mistake made by the film.

I can't recommend the film in it's current state.
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Roche
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Recommended for the amount of content.

The people featured in this film are listed in the store page's description

Questions asked of them/Topics covered:

- How would you explain video games to someone like Leonardo Da Vinci?
- Video Games and their place in the art world, and how they function as art.
- Do video games influence violent behavoir?
- Concise outline of video game history, and the introduction of narrative.
- Indie Game Scene and it's place in the industry.
- Games can definitely be art, but Candy Crush is questionable.
- Games are and should be less stigmatized.
- Games are a force that has and will inspire things that will be brought to other traditional mediums.

There's still more content than that in the film as far as I can tell. If you're interested in this topic and you think that's worth 6 bucks, get it. There are a few sections that are done in a point vs counter point format of discussion.

7/10
Somewhat above average
It's a constructive discourse on video games as a medium.
(5/10 = average)
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Recommended for the amount of content.

The people featured in this film are listed in the store page's description

Questions asked of them/Topics covered:

- How would you explain video games to someone like Leonardo Da Vinci?
- Video Games and their place in the art world, and how they function as art.
- Do video games influence violent behavoir?
- Concise outline of video game history, and the introduction of narrative.
- Indie Game Scene and it's place in the industry.
- Games can definitely be art, but Candy Crush is questionable.
- Games are and should be less stigmatized.
- Games are a force that has and will inspire things that will be brought to other traditional mediums.

There's still more content than that in the film as far as I can tell. If you're interested in this topic and you think that's worth 6 bucks, get it. There are a few sections that are done in a point vs counter point format of discussion.

7/10
Somewhat above average
It's a constructive discourse on video games as a medium.
(5/10 = average)
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I feel like something must have gone wrong here. There is a soundtrack that loops over the movie, almost entirely up to the half way point and then it switches to an equally obnoxious music loop. This music loop is extremely annoying to the point of distracting you completely from the content of the movie. When the loop changes half way through, the new loop is too loud and drowns out the people being interviewed!

To make matters worse, the gameplay clips scattered through the movie still have sound and music from the game - which plays at the same time as the soundtrack loop of the film. This was clearly a choice to not mute the gameplay or to not dip the music loop of the film.

I kept checking to see if maybe I had left something playing on my computer, or if I had accidently bugged out the steam stream and it was playing the intro music ad nausum. Sadly, this seems to have been a mistake made by the film.

I can't recommend the film in it's current state.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
A pretty in depth mini film about modern game's pixel art and it's impact on the 21 century society...

Very relaxing visual documentay with nice sound effect during the entire film.. It's well thought of and well made.

Definitly much interesting experince then some of the other gaming documenty on steam...

A worth watch for anyone that plan to take digital art as future profession but it's ultimatly not for everyone.

8/10 experience... and YES! Video game is ART! Video game rulez
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
This is a pretty good documentary. I received it as part of a bundle, so I can't really comment on the price, but I did enjoy watching it. Basically, it reaffirmed many things I already felt about video games and opened my mind to other things that I did not already think of. The negative reviews I see posted so far seem pretty trivial and I think that if you are a fan of video games at all, you will enjoy this video. And since you are on steam, that question answers itself. As far as the cost of the video goes, even though it seems reasonably priced, I cannot coomment. The price isn't high, at $5.99, but for 1:10, who knows what people expect.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
If you like art and video-games, this documentary is more than worth the watch. They do a great job breaking the sacred cows there are about considering games as art, why some games are art and some are just toys, and so on. The guests are people from inside the game developing world so they do know what they are talking about, and everyone have something interesting they bring to the table.

There is nothing special about the filmography, and the soundtrack is a bit out of the place sometimes, but it do get its message through. It's pretty cheap and has a hour of content, there's no reason not to watch it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
The film is good, some nice insights on art, interactive and videogames.

The problem is that the Steam Movie Player is a joke. Awful stability, framerate and connection. I'm unable to let the movie load before watching, it only streams a few seconds at a time. Gladly I bougth this on sale, so less money was wasted.

If you are interest on watching this film, wich you should be, I recommend buying it on GOG.

Never buying another film on Steam again...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
I would rate it 3,5/10, because I felt bored and seen nothing new. Ok, a few talking heads, and game trailers. To which people is targeted this movie? Gamers know everything what was said there, and - be frank - nobody else are going to watch it.
And it is well crafted, but I would call it 'decent'. It's not Werner Herzog, obviously.
Also, the music irritated me.

Pixel Poetry is like a web article stretched to over an hour long documentary size.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Pixel Poetry is ambitious in scope. It tackles a series of questions that have been asked many times, and places these discussions within a history of the medium. In this, it is competent but not original.

But what it does very well is more subtle. It relates the progress, milestones and growing pains of video games to the evolution of forms of human expression and authorship as a whole. I came away with a deeper sense of what kind of *thing* a video game is, as a cultural object, and also what unrealized potentials it has.

If you're just a consumer of games, there's a well produced hour+ of infotainment here. If you also like thinking deeply about games, or applying your creativity to making them, Pixel Poetry opens up a rich vein of ideas and hopefully sets you digging.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny