Insert Coin, a documentary that tells the story of Midway Games, is getting released digitally on November 25, 2020. The documentary explores the history of the game developers and their punk rock mantra of “there are no rules.” The studio’s designers, led by Eugen Jarvis, talk about introducing games like Mortal Kombat, NARC, and NBA Jam.
Cargo Film & Releasing announced that it’ll premiere as part of Alamo Drafthouse’s Alamo On Demand Digital Release and in independent theaters nationwide.
Insert Coin is directed by Joshua Tsui, who has worked on the Mortal Kombat franchise, and led efforts to introduce digitized video technology.
It features interviews with Midway team members like Eugene Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084), Mark Turmell (SmashTV, NBA Jam), John Tobias (co-creator Mortal Kombat series), George Petro (NARC, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and others. Industry insiders Carly Kocurek (Coin-Operated Americans) and novelist and screenwriter Ernest Cline (Ready Player One, Armada) are also included.
“We’re thrilled to work with Joshua Tsui and his team to finally bring Insert Coin to fans,” David Piperni, Founder of Cargo Film & Releasing, said. “Midway is so core to gaming’s DNA, and this documentary reminds us all of those great gaming moments from the past, right down to the sounds of Scorpion’s ‘Get over Here!’ to the ‘Boom Shakka Lakka’ of NBA Jam!”
“Insert Coin is the culmination of my work in and passion for the gaming industry blended with my love for visual storytelling,” Tsui said. “It truly is my love letter to the early days of Midway and how it influenced the transition from classic coin-operated games to ushering in a new generation of console gaming. I hope fans of video games, and especially of Midway, will love watching Insert Coin as much as we enjoyed making it!”