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Arcade game collector, Jason Forster, loading Nintendo cabinets onto a trailer.



Article: ‘The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time’ Trailer: Feature Length Documentary About Classic Arcade Games by Germain Lussier, SlashFilm

Article: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, A Film About the Rise and Fall of the Arcade by Kimber Streams, Laughing Squid

Article: Watch ‘The Space Invaders’ Documentary Now by Erica Freddricks, Film Is My Oxygen

Article: The Space Invaders Available on Amazon Streaming by Jason “Sock of Fleagulls” Gross, Rediscover the 80s

Article: ‘The Space Invaders’ Arcade Game Documentary – Check Out the Trailer by Jason McAnelly, Nerd Bastards

EXCERPT: “For those of us that were alive back in the day, those lonely old days when most of the video games that one would play were gigantic, devoured mountains of quarters and resided in mystical places of worship known as “arcades”, there’s a movie just for us”

Review: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time (Documentary) Review by Brian Peterson, Gaming Age

EXCERPT: “[T]his is a story that hasn’t really been told in movie format, but thanks to Jeff Von Ward and the help of many gamers and collectors, we finally get just that. What’s more there are some nifty bonuses on a second disc that is full of outtakes, videos, stats, and artwork that make this documentary a must purchase…Whether you are a hardcore gamer by today’s standards, or have been in the industry and a fan since it all began, this is a must see film by anyone who claims the title of ‘gamer.'”

Podcast: Gameroom Junkies Arcade and Pinball, Episode 29 by Preston Burt and Patrick Wall

EXCERPT: “In this episode of the podcast Preston sits down for a chat with documentary filmaker Jeff Von Ward to discuss his new movie The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time.”

Review: Film of the Day: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time by Richard Pett, Games Freezer

EXCERPT: “A great insight into the Arcade Machine collectors’ culture and a really well told story from director Jeff Von Ward that brings alive the passion these guys have for the Arcade Cabinets.”

Review: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time by Doug McCoy, Retroist

Review: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time by AusRetroGamer, Australian Retro Gamer

EXCERPT: “Jeff Von Ward has created a masterful film in which he tracks down and interviews some serious arcade collectors… The collectors share their passion for preserving these historic machines and the connection you feel with them is instantaneous – from scoring their first machine, their real estate woes, to the lengths they go to seek their next arcade hit.”

Review: The Space Invaders : In Search of Lost Time by Thomas Michalski, Voodoo Inspector

EXCERPT: “It’s that human angle which really puts the film across, the emotion that’s evident in the way the interviewees (predictably almost exclusively male) fondly recall their misspent youths and eagerly describe the intricate details of how they painstakingly bring battered machines, and the neon 1980s feel of the arcade, back to life.”

Review: The Space Invaders Looks at Classic Arcade Games, and the Collectors Who Love Them by Sherilyn Connelly, San Francisco Weekly

EXCERPT: “Obviously, having either the money or the space to own an arcade is a ludicrous dream that could never happen in a million years — and the people who live out that dream, sometimes to obsession and points beyond, is the subject of Pinole filmmaker Jeff Von Ward’s excellent new documentary The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time.”

Review: The Space Invaders Seeks Home Arcades by Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

EXCERPT: “The documentary excels when the collectors get even more personal. What do their spouses think? At what point does a collection become too big? What will happen to all of these games when the collectors die? … Von Ward focuses much of the middle of the movie on what makes most arcade game collectors so special: the fact that their greatest joy is sharing the games with the public. … There’s a welcome sympathetic perspective that permeates Von Ward’s documentary.”

Article: Arcade documentary The Space Invaders to gain release on DVD and Blu-ray soon (Photos) by Eric Bailey,

Review: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time (2013) by Paul Freitag-Fey, Daily Grindhouse

Article: The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time – A Feature-Length Retro Gaming Documentary Film, by 8-bit Central

Article: Space Invaders Land: Award-Winning Film Now on Amazon Instant Video

Article: This Week in Trailers by SlashFilm

EXCERPT: “Documentarian Jeff Von Ward has made the visual equivalent of ocular crack. To see all the games I used to play back when I frequented arcades with names like The Fun Factory, Aladin’s Castle or Pin Pan Alley really takes me back to when you could still play a game with a quarter, maybe fifty cents, before it took you a dollar bill just to waste three minutes of your life. What this trailer does is take a nostalgic look back at those days, but then pivots to talk about what it’s like to be one of the people who are trying to salvage, literally, those moments.”

Article: A Companion Piece to King of Kong? by LowDownUnder

Article: The Space Invaders Releases on Amazon by Eric Bailey,

Review: The Space Invaders: A Charming Look at Retro Arcade Collecting by Patrick Scott Patterson

Article: Phoenix NewTimes: ZapCon Expands to Include Retro Gaming Documentaries and a Performance By The Minibosses

Article: ThatDamnPixel: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time by ThatDamnPixel

Review: The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time by Chris Sanyk,

Article: Arcade Heroes: New Arcade Documentary: The Space Invaders by ArcadeHero

Article: In Search of Lost Time Documentary by Bernie Mota, Walyou

Review: The Space Invaders – In Search of Lost Time by Steve’s Arcade

Article: The Space Invaders – In Search of Lost Time by Don Tercio, AQNB