In Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, there are some segments where old NES video game footage is shown.
However, unlike in the episodes in the YouTube video series, they for some reason have not used actual footage of Top Gun, for example. Instead, they have had some VFX artist painstakingly "recreate" an approximation of what it would have looked like if they had captured the footage from an actual NES.
This looks extremely bad. Naturally, they have not coded an actual NES game that resembles Top Gun and then captured it, but instead used a modern animation program, so it doesn't even look like the NES would be able to produce such visuals (which it wouldn't).
This baffled me for several reasons:
- The whole point is nostalgia and recognizing iconic video games -- not some cheap imitation.
- It objectively looks uglier than the actual footage.
- This was never done in the normal episodes, so why in the movie?
Even if this is somehow a "legal question", why is it different because it's a movie? I couldn't think of any more "fair" use than using short segments of an ancient video game in a close-up. I mean, how many movies are seen showing sort clips from movies and television shows that the characters are watching inside the movie? Tons of them. And they never had this issue. So why did the AVGN movie?