ONLINE GAMES or MMORPGs
In an alienated world, a place
to get to know somebody?
Second Skin DVD Promo … slected theatre release across US,
from August 7, DVD release August 25.
The video documentary on virtual worlds and MMORPGs, “Second Skin, Alter Your Ego“, which has been receiving rave reviews on the US Film Festival circuit, should gain a larger audience next month as it moves to scheduled screenings in New York City, Somerville, Mass., and Austin, Texas as well as into DVD sales, in the US at least
The film is the result of writer and producer Victor Pineiro, friend Peter Brauer and director brother Juan Carlos spending two years “racing around the world following gamers who had fallen in love, become addicted, formed enormous guilds, or made their living playing MMOs like World of Warcraft, Everquest and Second Life.
“From gold farmers to disabled gamers, we tried to get a sense of how integral virtual worlds are to the fabric of life these days,” he wrote on blogger Cory Doctorow’s Boing Boing. “We’d love you to check it out – the first five minutes are available on Current TV – here.
Doctorow says he was “blown away” by the film when he saw it at the Toronto film festival. ” … (it’s) by turns touching and funny, and always fascinating. This is a loving but clear-eyed look at the relationship of gamers to their games.”
And Randee Dawn, in The Hollywood Reporter”s RiskyBusiness blog, said, “”Another doc generating significant buzz: Second Skin, … a fascinating film… gets audiences who’ve never considered spending 18 hours in front of their computer to sympathize with those who do.”
As one of the expert interviewees in the movie, games director Gordon Walton says, in today’s world where alienation from your neighbours is a fact of life – in the US it is estimated only five percent of people know their immediate neighbours – “online games provide a place where it is safe to get more intimate.”
Filed under: Online identity, Second Life, Video Gaming, Virtual Worlds Tagged: | Alter your ego, Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, Everquest, Gordon Walton, Hollywood reporter, Juan Carlos, Online games, Peter Brauer, Randee Dawn, RiskyBusiness, Second Life, Second Skin, Toronto Film Festival, Victor Pineiro, World of Warcraft