Meant to launch this past Spring, the documentary by Joshua Tsui about the glory days of Midway and their arcade developments (mainly during the 1990s) is now seeing a limited release through “Alamo On-Demand & Virtual Theaters.“
I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m certainly very interested in it. It interviews a number of people who were there, and some of whom still are “there” in terms of still being involved in the industry, such as Eugene Jarvis and George Petro. Here’s the trailer, followed by the press release
The Kickstarter can be found here; Here’s the PR:
For Immediate Release:
Today, Cargo Film & Releasing — a global film sales and distribution agency — is inviting fans of gaming history to “get over here” and check out Insert Coin, a documentary that offers viewers a peek into the history of legendary development studio Midway Games. Available today via Alamo Drafthouse’s Alamo On Demand Digital Release, Insert Coin takes viewers back to the early days of the groundbreaking studio, famous for legendary titles like Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and Narc.
Director Joshua Tsui has crafted Insert Coin as a love letter, time machine, and insider’s look at a studio that created pop culture giants that would fundamentally change how we played video games. The early 90s were like the Wild West era of the gaming industry, and no studio represented that ethos more than Midway Games with its wildly controversial (and hugely successful) titles like Mortal Kombat, a game that thrilled players and shocked parental advisory groups across the globe with its over the top violence and colorful cast.
Tsui was there when it all went down, having worked on the Mortal Kombat franchise and even lent his face to Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat IV. Insert Coin features interviews with past