The name is evocative: World 1-1. It serves the dual purpose of making ambitions clear, hinting at further installments, while also immediately bringing pleasant memories to the minds of classic gamers everywhere.
Jeanette Garcia (on Twitter @Leia_S0L0) and Daryl Rodriguez want to create a documentary film series on the history of video games, with World 1-1 detailing the earliest days of that rich history. As made clear on the Kickstarter page, subject matter would pertain to even the pre-arcade days of video gaming, while also covering the founding of Atari and how that company helped to usher in a new industry.
The funding goal for this full, feature-length film is $15,000. At press time, there are three weeks remaining for fundraising. Perks for donating include the usual expectations, such as a DVD copy of the movie or producer credit, along with the intriguing possibility of being interviewed in the material.
In fact, World 1-1 already boasts a planned interview line-up with many gaming luminaries. Included are Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari; David Crane, co-founder of Activision and creator of legendary influential game Pitfall!; Warren Robinett, creatore of Adventure; Dona Bailey, co-creator of Centipede; and several others.
Considering the appeal and popularity of similar projects, such as The Video Game Years video series from RetrowareTV, World 1-1 certainly has potential. What remains to be seen is merely the question of whether retro gamers will support the concept in enough numbers to make it a reality.
Eric Bailey blogs at NintendoLegend.com, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site 1MoreCastle.com, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.