From the time I saw the trailer almost two years ago I was unbelievably excited about the documentary, Second Skin. It's a film that follows the lives of people who play MMORPGs, or, Massively Multiplayer On-Line Roleplaying Games such as World of Warcraft and Everquest. At the time of the first trailer's release I also happened to be very into the former of those two games - playing on a nearly daily basis for anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours at a time. Gradually, I lost interest in World of Warcraft and when I bought myself a new computer I found that I had no desire to re-install it. Still, it is with great fondness that I think of the time I spent playing that game.
I met dozens of interesting people whom I would consider friends. I had a fantastic time riding around Azeroth and finding people to hook up with to complete quests. I loved the excitement of looting a kill and finding that a blue item had dropped and I still remember being in Stranglethorn Vale and having that troll drop a purple dagger for me. So, so, awesome.
Therefore, it's very easy for me to understand how people can become so enamored and obsessed with virtual worlds and I do not pass any type of judgement but oh man does it fascinate me and this film delves right into the heart of it: real people who's lives have been changed - in one way or another - by MMORPGs. Plus, it has appearances from of the hosts from the podcast World of Warcast which I listened to religiously during my time spent playing WoW. Pretty cool stuff.
Today I discovered that you can watch this documentary in its entirely on Hulu, something which I plan on doing very, very soon and would highly encourage the rest of you to do as well.
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