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GTFO: Get the F**k Out - Women in Gaming
Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are…
State of Play: The World of South-Korean Professional Video Gamers
"Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays." -- Friedrich Schiller Globally, thousands of teenagers are seriously contemplating a professional career as a…
The World of Chess
Episode 1 of How to Play Chess
Crossing lines of social class, language barriers, and national boundaries, played in family living rooms and local chess parlors and online games around the world, chess is a truly universal pastime. Discover the basics of the game and how it…
Under the Boardwalk - The Monopoly Story
This Emmy Award-winning film presents the captivating story of how a classic board game became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and follows the colorful players who come together to compete for the title of Monopoly World Champion. Culminating with the high-stakes…
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A Gamer's Life - The Lives of Professional Video Game Players
Follow two professional gamers as they reveal the secrets behind making a living by playing games. With never-before-seen gameplay footage, and featuring appearances from Lindsay Elyse, David Walsh, Andy Dudynsky, Aaron Elam, and more, A GAMER'S LIFE goes behind-the-scenes of…
Gaming in Color - The Queer Side of Gaming
Almost every gamer will relate to the concept of seeking solace in a video game. Hope for sanctuary guides their escape into a virtual universe where they can be anything they want to be. For many, however, choosing to be…
Grinders - The Underground World of Illegal Poker
With a new baby and wife to support, out-of-work filmmaker Matt Gallagher tries his hand - and some would say "luck"- at playing poker for a living. This inside journey into the unconventional, often bizarre, underground world of illegal poker…
Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
Episode 2 of How to Play Chess
Although humble, pawns are the most complex pieces on the chessboard. Meanwhile, the leaping knights are perhaps the strangest pieces. Learn how these two pieces move and what strategies to employ with them to control the board. Look at a…
Bet Raise Fold - The Story of Online Poker
This documentary follows a new generation of internet poker professionals during the meteoric rise and sudden crash of the multibillion dollar online poker industry of the 2000s. For millions of young people, online poker was more than a game, it…
Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
Episode 3 of How to Play Chess
Complete your review of the basics of chess--including how to castle, the difference between checkmate and stalemate, and the etiquette of play. Then shift your attention to some astonishing aspects of the game and find out about simultaneous exhibitions, blindfolded…
Word Wars - Tiles and Tribulations on The Scrabble Circuit
"Word Wars" follows the lives of four of the top-rated Scrabble players in the country as they crisscross the United States in heated competitions culminating in their ultimate quest - the twenty-five-thousand-dollar top prize awarded at the national tournament in…
Minecraft: Through the Nether Portal - An Examination of the Popular Video Game
This documentary takes you on a journey through the ever-evolving, epic game of Minecraft. It's popularity is opening up a whole new world for this generation, with millions of new players signing up each week. With exclusive interviews from industry…
Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
Episode 4 of How to Play Chess
Build your arsenal of tactical skills by looking for winning patterns on the board. After covering three go-to punches--pins, skewers, and forks--Mr. Silman turns to decoys, double attacks, discovered attacks, and more. Armed with these patterns of play, you now…
Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind - The Role of Mah-Jongg in Two Different Cultures
Mention the game Mah-Jongg to a woman who plays it and something very special happens. Her eyes light up, she smiles and may laugh, and then she begins to speak. Even someone at first shy or reluctant to speak suddenly…
Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
Episode 8 of How to Play Chess
Famous chess players are some of the most fascinating figures in history. Enrich your understanding of tactics by learning about four of the most famous attacking players who ever lived: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. Examine…
Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
Episode 21 of How to Play Chess
Many people believe openings are the most important part of the game, but as you'll learn in this lesson, this belief is wrong on many levels. Here, you'll encounter a few simple strategies for developing your pieces and getting to…
Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
Episode 5 of How to Play Chess
Continue your study of patterns--this time with combination moves that require crafty calculations. Whether you're wondering when (and why) to sacrifice a piece, or you're looking to trap kings in tight corners, or you simply want to unleash a torrent…
The Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon - The High-Stakes Lifestyles of Professional Gamers
This documentary enters the unexplored realm of professional eSports, as told through the eyes of two of the world's best StarCraft II players. Together with striking visuals and a mesmerizing original score, go behind the scenes and experience the high-pressure,…
Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
Episode 6 of How to Play Chess
Delve into the world of "piece collaboration" --using two or more pieces to win a checkmate. Mr. Silman shows you a number of classic mates that have delighted fans for generations. Not only are these mating patterns flashy and exciting,…
Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
Episode 22 of How to Play Chess
Chess is riddled with psychological traps--particularly if you find yourself playing a daunting opponent. Mr. Silman offers insight into several of these traps and helps you maintain your confidence, whether you're playing a peer on your level or one of…