Did you grow up with games like Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, and Sonic the Hedgehog? There’s a new Netflix original documentary series that looks at the golden age of gaming. It’s called High Score.
The new series features interviews with creators of some of the classics that made modern gaming possible – from Space Invaders and Pac-Man to Streets of Rage. One of the episodes looks at Mystery House, which was released on Apple II in 1980. It’s the first graphical adventure game.
Another episode looks at the birth of online multiplayer with games like Doom and the nascent modding community. Doom in particular was a pioneer for digital distribution, network play, and mod support.
Here’s a description of the new series:
Without rules or roadmaps, players and innovators alike pushed the limits of money to be made, rivals to be crushed, and hearts to be won. This is the story of the brains behind the pixels and how their unmatched innovation built a multi-billion dollar industry – almost by accident.
High Score is now available to stream on Netflix. The series has six episodes, which run between 38 minutes and 47 minutes each.