Gaming has been a huge part of my life. Some of my fondest and earliest memories are to do with playing and seeing video games, and usually right there beside me was my brother. I remember vividly going to a friends house with my brother and playing the ZX Spectrum and my mind being blown by Super Robin Hood and Dizzy. As time moved on we got a Sega Master System and a Megadrive. The game that really bonded us was Target Renegade on the Amstrad CPC 464. We had been working through that for months but always kept on dying near the end, then one summers day, with my best friend and my brother's best friends around we finally completed the game. We went crazy at the time and even now I remember it vividly, us jumping for joy around the monochromatic green screen in my brothers bedroom.
Time has moved on and we've both got family and kids. I look back fondly at those days of yore and there is a tinge of sadness at the passing of time. This film by Zachary Antell captures that is a short 4 minute rotoscoped animation. In his own words:
Player Two is a short animation that explores the relationship that develops between two brothers of differing age growing up, and how video games foster that bond.
Do yourself a favour and watch it!