Second Skin (2008)


Based on the recommendation of multiple movie blog that I read, they suggested watching Second Skin. Currently as of this posting is available on Hulu. The DVD will be available on August 25th. It is worth a rental to take a peek inside the virtual world of online gaming.

The movie played at SXSW in 2008. It came in fourth place in the documentary category that year.That is impressive.

Director Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza takes the audience on an unprecedented journey of ordinary people that are constantly playing MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) like World of Warcraft and Everquest or as it is affectionately called “Evercrack.”

It deals with people becoming addicted to the virtual character and world that they have created. Meeting and falling in love with people in your guilds or groups. How sometimes that synthetic world is the only outlet for people who are disabled. Sometimes online gaming is benefit for some and a hindrance to others.

Countless hours of online gaming could affect your job performance, relationship with your significant others, your health.

Families have been affected by a person’s gaming that they have to make a choice of the game or their family.

I’m a gamer. I geeked out with this documentary. I am not online gamer. I am familiar with the Everquest universe. You kinda become obsessed with customizing your character, leveling up, and beating the bosses.

Judgment: Watch out for Dan Bustard. Enough said.

Rating: ****


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 11, 2009, in 2008, Documentary and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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