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.
The Family Movie Night selections are always shows with a message. There is usually a moral dilemma and the protagonist has to make life choices. These are family oriented movies so the choices made are always the best one for the family. That is refreshing to see.
And what a great subject, gaming! Beginning with the landlord’s (also the professor) son playing Fruit Ninja’s on the Kinect, one of my son’s favorite action video games, and then we move into a college curriculum of video gaming. This is a subject matter of interest to many, especially to a family like mine with 4 video consoles about to invest in a 5th. This is how a movie gains the interest of me and my family.
This was my favorite Family Movie Night selection of the ones I have seen. The background subject matter is one of great interest to my son and I and the characters were quite enjoyable. After all, Nathan Kress from iCarly had a supporting role!
The premiere of Game of Your Life is on Friday, December 2 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
Disclosure: 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.