Netflix isn’t just making TV or film adaptations out of every video game under the sun — it’s also releasing documentaries about video games. High Score is a six-episode Netflix documentary premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 19 about the “golden age of video games” and “revolutionary stages of gaming.” Explicit topics for each episode in the series haven’t been specified, but Nintendo, Sega, Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Sonic the Hedgehog, Madden NFL, Pac-Man, and Doom are all cited in promotional materials. I’m more than willing to watch any documentary that talks about Final Fantasy.
High Score will recount the stories of the “computer pioneers and visionary artists” that threw themselves into their passion to create the innovative franchises above. Judging from the variety of promotional images released, some of which we’ve included below, it seems there will be a healthy mix of influential Western and Eastern designers. I confess to not being familiar offhand with all the faces, but the inclusion of Yoshitaka Amano sure has my interest piqued.
No one will have to wait very long to watch High Score, so if you’ve been itching to watch something educational in eternal quarantine, this Netflix documentary will have you covered.