In the ‘90s, Midway was the biggest arcade game developer in the U.S., putting together games including Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam and Terminator 2: The Arcade Game. It marked a special time for Josh Tsui, who worked at Midway in those days, and now he’s putting together a documentary to look back.
In a 2012 Polygon profile of Tsui, he described Midway as "the Wild West" and "like Lord of the Flies," noting that there was little management supervision and a willingness to experiment with different types of games. Tsui’s Kickstarter campaign pitch says the documentary will focus on the stories behind many of those games, the studio culture in general and projects that never shipped.
These days, Tsui helps run development studio Robomodo, which is currently working on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
Tsui is asking for $75,000 to finish the documentary, and says he will use that money for additional interviews, travel and support staff. If funded, he estimates the documentary will be released in May 2017.