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Reality Sucks

Second Skin is a visually stunning documentary about video game addiction. Following the lives of seven avid gamers, Second Skin offers an insight into World of Warcraft and Everquest players who devote a significant amount of their social life to virtual reality. While some gamers find love and romance, others play to the point of losing their jobs and being evicted. This documentary lets the gamers speak for themselves and refuses to push a single interpretation or agenda. Highly recommended!

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Dann

I actually wrote an article about this (depression strongly linked to MMOs) a while back. http://coreminimalist.blogspot.com/2009/02/link-between-depression-mmorpgs-and.html An online universe are clearly where our society is headed, and we need to take real care in planning it out.

Dann

I actually wrote an article about this (depression strongly linked to MMOs) a while back. http://coreminimalist.blogspot.com/2009/02/link-between-depression-mmorpgs-and.html An online universe are clearly where our society is headed, and we need to take real care in planning it out.

Anonymous

Bad logic. A person doesn't get depressed simply from playing the video game. They almost always are depressed or are heading towards depression before they start playing. The majority of World of Warcraft players don't play anywhere near as close to the amount of time as I'm assuming some of these people play. I played for maybe 5 hours a week, and quit without any negative side-effects. This is the case with most everyone i met playing that game. I believe MMO's are FAR more rewarding for people to play than spending time watching mindless t.v. or a trashy novel. WOW has an incredibly amount of cooperation, community, and social interacting that dwarfs most other forms of hobbies.

Anonymous

Bad logic. A person doesn't get depressed simply from playing the video game. They almost always are depressed or are heading towards depression before they start playing. The majority of World of Warcraft players don't play anywhere near as close to the amount of time as I'm assuming some of these people play. I played for maybe 5 hours a week, and quit without any negative side-effects. This is the case with most everyone i met playing that game. I believe MMO's are FAR more rewarding for people to play than spending time watching mindless t.v. or a trashy novel. WOW has an incredibly amount of cooperation, community, and social interacting that dwarfs most other forms of hobbies.

Anonymous

No need to be defensive, the point of this video isn't to bash MMOs or to generalize the people who play them. It's reporting on the minority, people who are admittedly addicted. I hope they do a good job of making that clear in the video so there is no confusion.

Anonymous

No need to be defensive, the point of this video isn't to bash MMOs or to generalize the people who play them. It's reporting on the minority, people who are admittedly addicted. I hope they do a good job of making that clear in the video so there is no confusion.

Both worlds can...

I'm not a geek but I'm addicted to a MMO. I'm a 21 year old female and I've been a model and lifeguard. Sorry, not meant to be egotistical but almost everyone in this trailer looks like the same stereotype and that can't be a good thing. I've played one character for 7 years now because I've built a kind of celebrity reputation I wont ever achieve in real life, and I've made great relationships with other players who have also played for years. None of my real life friends have been my friends for that long since I keep moving. I'm a social person and I don't forget about them, but its hard to put real life friends first when they're honestly not your best friends. You can call it a hobby if that's what it is to you, but to me it really is another life. I don't see this addiction as a bad thing. If I started avoiding everyone completely in order to play, then it would be a bad thing. Its really up to the individual to recognize if their addiction is destructive or not and then get help if it is. If I want to spend every second of my free time playing or thinking about the game, then that's up to me and you just can't tell me you know a better way to spend it.

Both worlds can...

I'm not a geek but I'm addicted to a MMO. I'm a 21 year old female and I've been a model and lifeguard. Sorry, not meant to be egotistical but almost everyone in this trailer looks like the same stereotype and that can't be a good thing. I've played one character for 7 years now because I've built a kind of celebrity reputation I wont ever achieve in real life, and I've made great relationships with other players who have also played for years. None of my real life friends have been my friends for that long since I keep moving. I'm a social person and I don't forget about them, but its hard to put real life friends first when they're honestly not your best friends. You can call it a hobby if that's what it is to you, but to me it really is another life. I don't see this addiction as a bad thing. If I started avoiding everyone completely in order to play, then it would be a bad thing. Its really up to the individual to recognize if their addiction is destructive or not and then get help if it is. If I want to spend every second of my free time playing or thinking about the game, then that's up to me and you just can't tell me you know a better way to spend it.

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