How big is the MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) gaming community? Big enough for Hollywood to take notice, with geek favorite Sam Raimi currently developing (with plans to direct) a feature-length film version of the dominant MMO game in the land, “World of Warcraft”.
And if you have no idea who these people are who sit in front of their computers all day playing in virtual space, Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza is about to clue you in with his documentary “Second Skin”. They’re like Felicia Day and her “Do you Wanna Date my Avatar” music video, minus, well, Felicia Day and the dancing girls in the background.
Second Skin takes an intimate look at three sets of computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by online virtual worlds. An emerging genre of computer software called Massively Multiplayer Online games, or MMOs, allows millions of users to interact simultaneously in virtual spaces. Of the 50 million players worldwide, 50 percent consider themselves addicted. From individuals struggling with addiction to couples who have fallen in love without meeting; from disabled players whose lives have been given new purpose to gold farmers, entrepreneurs and widows, Second Skin opens viewers’ eyes to a phenomenon that may permanently change the way human beings interact.
“Second Skin” will be available on DVD August 25, 2009. Click on the image below to reserve your copy now.