A new documentary released today looks at the ongoing tension between physical and digital video game releases. Not For Resale attempts to capture all facets of the conversation, like the fate of independent game stores, the struggle over preservation, or the problems with today’s digital marketplaces.
The latest documentary from fighting game community storytellers Hold Back to Block chronicles the creation of Them’s Fighting Herds, a fighter that started as a My Little Pony fan game before a Hasbro cease and desist took it in a new and different direction. It’s one of my favorite fan game stories ever.
From the makers of The Smash Brothers, Metagame, a documentary about the “Gods of Melee,” is coming this Winter. The film follows the rise of Smash heroes Mango, Armada and PPMD as they amass fame championing a 15-year-old fighting game. An excerpt dropped late last week and it looks great: