How do I discuss Second Skin with sensitivity? I know a lot of online gamers, some of whom read these reviews, and outside views of their virtual world aren't always appreciated. So let me just lay it on the table, I am not going to mince words. It's up to you if you read on...
Second Skin is a 2008 documentary exploring the cultural impact of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and the impact they have on the lives of those who play. The film focuses on World Of Warcraft and Everquest but encompasses all virtual worlds. It's jam packed with uber nerdy people trying to convince the audience that no one can possibly understand the mindset of a gamer unless they are themselves gamers. What a load of horse shit. This movie documents a group of people who use gaming to escape real life problems and issues. I found the film really tragic and it's an important social commentary of a problem that has become epidemic. 80% of gamers fit the same profile... overweight and lonely. They use the virtual world to create new lives and become the characters they wish to be in real life. Rather than doing something to change their situations they choose to shut-off from the real world. In this film jobs are lost, health is neglected and suicide is an ugly factor. Now of course this is a harshly negative view, and there are most certainly positives to this ever growing world. But I am afraid that I find it too difficult to see past the problem. The film annoyed me. It didn't open my eyes nor did it change my opinion. In trying to let the world into their mindsets, I was only reassured how arrogant and anti-social the addicted gaming community is. It's an environment I sure am happy to be distanced from and can never see myself being in and the most positive thing I took away from Second Skin is a renewed desire to walk and explore the outdoors. Fresh air and exercise have never been this appealing.