Video game documentaries have come a long, long way.

From nightly news asides about how "video games aren't for kids anymore" to brilliant films like The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Valve's Free to Play, the subject of video games, and its various cultural sub-strata , are fascinating to dissect.

Where once video games were merely catalogued and organized in a historical context, the films on this list humanize every component of the gaming world. Programming, publishing, competing, creating, and failing are all given their time center stage.

These are 10 of the best video game documentaries you need to watch.

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