Thursday, August 29, 2013

Video Game High School Review

Hey Guys,

So I randomly watch movies on Netflix and sometimes I stumble upon some interesting items ie Thankskilling. I decided to give this movie called Video Game High School (2012)a chance. It is about 2 hours long. When I went to do research on this movie for my blog post I realized that it was in fact a TV show and can be found at Rocket Jump: VGHS. So here is my review on this Movie/TV show.

IMDB Story line: The story is about a down on his luck, young aspiring gamer. He has no friends. His cat hates him. His name is Brian (Josh Blaylock). He loves playing video games. One day during a public match the number one gamer the "Law" (Brian Firenzi) arrives to do a little bit of showing off. Out of no where Brian manages to kill the "Law". It's like the shot heard around the world. Because of it and all the hype Brian gets invited to Video Game High School. It's about a kid and all the troubles of high school but in a very different way. It's a competitive gaming school. While attending VGHS Brian tries to make it to his dream of playing at the highest level of gaming with his friends Ted Wong (Jimmy Wong) and Ki Swan (Elleray Porterfield). Along the way he develops a crush on Jenny Matrix (Johanna Braddy), the JV FPS Captain.

My Thoughts: 
So I did a lot of stumbling before I came across this movie. It is really a TV show but they put all the episodes together to give you a two hour long movie. It also looks like it had a Kickstarter to it so that's cool. It is surprisingly awesome. I am now watching season 2. The overall flow of the story line is well put together. It did not feel choppy despite it being a TV show turned into a movie. 

The story had an almost Scott Pilgrim feel to it. The main character Brian D. raises to stardom for killing the number 1 ranked player in FPS. The writers did a fantastic job with setting up this epic defeat. Brian walks away from the game to let the cat out. I am sure we can all remember times when we had to walk away from COD and hope we do not get killed. Well Brian's whole team is destroyed by "Law". As Brian is about to be killed he sits back down with his hotpocket and does an awesome move and kills the Law. The whole battle is being broadcasted so Brian becomes a star overnight. 

 It is actually a pretty cool concept to have a high school just for gamers and all types of gamers from FPS, Rhythm, and Drifters. Brian is excited to receive the invitation. It is a little creepy to see that his mom just sits in a chair all day and plays video games with one of those weird beer hats on her head but I guess that is okay. 

I am assuming that the VGHS world is in the future of some sort as the ability of the games are beyond the current level. It was funny to see how Brian tries so hard to fit in and how his friends just continue to make it hard. The main bully "Law" continues to do everything possible to ruin Brian and have him be kicked out of school. 

What made this a great movie to watch is that while they were in fact playing on a PC with the appropriate gear, they showed the avatar of the person in the game. 

So on one hand it really brought the FPS world to life which was a great concept, on the other hand you had these messed up deaths with people taking a bullet to the head. It made the violence level a little higher than normal but despite that I enjoyed watching Brian work hard to win the girl in the FPS world. 

As in any high school there is a JV team and a Varsity team. Law is the captain of the Varsity and Jenny is captain of the JV. Brian is of coarse crushed when he realizes that Jenny and Law are an item but he continues to show her throughout the story that he is a good guy. 

Of coarse Law finally pushes Brian too far. He actually punches Law and a huge fight breaks out which results in Brian being expelled. Now this is where it gets a little bit weird. Brian strolls over to a local arcade and begins working there and within 24hrs takes over and is wearing a white suit as if he is the Pit Boss. Luckily due a loophole Brian is able to compete in a battle despite being expelled. Of coarse Law cheats and joins the battle when he sees the Varsity squad losing. 

The movie ends with all being right in the world. Brian gets back into school. He beats the Law and lands a spot on the JV squad. Jenny is now his captain but he at least gets a couple of kisses in. The show is now in Season 2. Check this movie out on Netflix and get caught up on the TV show. 


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