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Saturday, November 26, 2011

P&G Game of Your Life Movie Review

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When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.

Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.

This movie makes me remember when I was a kid playing video games, of how much I wanted to design video games. Every kid I knew wanted to go into that field. The popularity of video games was growing rapidly during the 80's and everyone wanted to be a part of it. However, we didn't know or understand the reality of what it took to make a video game. "Game of Your Life" takes us inside this world which is an added bonus of how fun this movie was to watch!

Family Movie Night has brought us movies that help us see what's important in our lives and deals with important issues such as making moral decisions and bullying. This movie is no different, but it also goes inside the world of the art and science of creating video games. Never before had I seen a family movie that dives into this world. But this is only part of what makes this movie interesting and fun to watch.

Zach Taylor is the main character of the story. He receives his scholarship and puts together a team to make a video game that everyone can play and relate to. It's his job to handle the concepts of the game. In the middle of all of this are his worries of his family's business. With his dad running out of money to keep their business and home, Zach enlists the help of video game tycoon Marcus Bentton. Throughout the movie, Zach has decisions to make about what's most important, money to send to his family or his friends who are counting on him.

I really enjoyed watching this movie. It has something for the whole family. Video games, conflict, and real emotions. As a dad with a family of 5, I recommend this movie for the entire family on family movie night. It's a great choice!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


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Lois Jones said...

Really great review!! Excellent details and info. Thanks!!

Tamara B. said...

Excellent review and can't wait to see the movie!

Amy V said...

thanksfor the great review! This makes me want to see it!

Tara Oliver said...

I've been excited for this movie - it looks good. I'm going to set it to record. Thanks!

fancygrlnancy said...

thanks for the review. I am interested in seeing this.