Whether you’re an old-school BBS user or just interested in computer history, there’s one film that’s required viewing: The BBS Documentary. Spanning three DVDs, this five-hour film chronicles various aspects of the BBS scene through interviews with those who wrote early BBS software, ran major BBSes, even those who created the ASCII/ANSI art that was a staple of the BBS scene. As Wired Magazine said, it’s “surprisingly engrossing.” I bought the DVD set when it first came out in 2005, and have recently started watching it again — and I’m reminded how much history is revealed by the film. This is history that’s been happening in garages, basements, and spare bedrooms across the world for the past thirty years — and you’d hardly know it if you didn’t see a film like this.
If you’re ready to experience the whole film, order The BBS Documentary now! If you’re not up for paying for it yet, you can watch several hours of it online at Google Video, or watch this clips compilation from YouTube: