Even fairly serious “Terminator” fans might not know about this oddity: There was a prequel movie to “Salvation” – sort of. “Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series” (2009) is a six-episode web series with video-game animation that functions as a 75-minute movie. Thankfully, it’s not like watching someone play a video game. It’s driven by Resistance pilot Blair Williams (voiced by Moon Bloodgood) and hacker Laz Howard, a.k.a. Ghost (voiced by Cam Clarke), who can disrupt communications signals with a secret code.
The “Angry Video Game Nerd” (type in that phrase on YouTube or go to his website) uses modern production values (film clips and staged scenes to go along with the typical voice-over-game-footage) to capture the nostalgia of vintage games. There are a lot of video game reviewers on YouTube, but no one brings back those old cartridges like the AVGN (actually named James Rolfe).