If you played Goldeneye on the N64 at any point in your life, you’ll know that it’s one of the greatest games of all time. If you haven’t, stop wasting your life and go play it. It’s the kind of movie tie-in video game that shouldn’t be nearly as great as it is, and the fact that it came out two whole years after the 1995 film starring Pierce Brosnan – and is arguably just as good if not better than the movie it’s based on – is a testament to how well the game stands on its own as an achievement of its medium.
Now, twenty years after its release, Goldeneye is going to be the subject of a documentary that attempts to explain why the game caught on with audiences and continues to be an enduring classic. If you’re unfamiliar with why Goldeneye was such a game-changer, the new film – titled GoldenEra – hopes to shed some light on the game’s illustrious history and to further educate audiences on its initially unlikely, but ultimately invaluable contribution to video games as a whole.
For instance, Goldeneye was the first game to successfully transition the first-person shooter from PC to console gaming. Today, first-person shooters are among the most popular releases across all consoles, including the Halo and Call of Duty franchises, which essentially perfected the groundwork laid by the Goldeneye creative team. The documentary will feature interviews with the game’s creators, as well as video game experts who hope to illustrate the phenomenon that was Goldeneye when it was first released in 1997. Check out this teaser, which gives viewers a general idea of what the documentary is, as well as a pitch to contribute funds to an ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
GoldenEra is slated for a 2017 release and is currently hoping to raise $85,000 for production and post-production expenses. If you feel like contributing to their campaign, check out their Indiegogo page right here!