I have chosen to do my final project on a 13-year-old boy, Dylan DeVivo. What makes him so interesting is that he has been collecting old retro video games since he was 8-years-old.
I am driven to find out what makes someone so young drawn to these games that are almost twice, some even three times his age. His collection is very impressive and is made up almost exclusively of old games, hardly any new games are in his possession. His bedroom is filled with tons of old posters, toys, game systems and games. Some games are hidden in drawers, stacked neatly row upon row, and others are in plain sight.
He even goes as far as to have an old dial tube TV in the family den, complete with a working Atari 2600 from 1977 and two boxes full of games. Yes, he plays it regularly. This is the kind of stuff that I find most interesting, a kid that actually chooses to buy and play games for a really old game system as opposed to all the latest and greatest stuff available today.
I have already started the project and have spent 7 hours so far at his home in Westchester, NY, interviewing and filming b-roll. During my interviews I stuck to asking questions about his fascination with something that is obviously before his time and trying to find the meaning behind his passion for collecting retro video games.