Second Skin

95 minutes 7.9/10 based on 4 votes

Second Skin takes an intimate, disturbing look at three sets of computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging genre of computer games called Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs).

World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Everquest allow millions of users to simultaneously interact in virtual spaces. Second Skin introduces us to couples who have fallen in love without ever meeting, disabled players whose lives have been given new purpose, those struggling with addiction, Chinese gold-farming sweatshop workers, wealthy entrepreneurs and legendary guild leaders–all living within a world that doesn’t quite exist.

Second Skin focuses on a couple who met in a virtual world, an addict whose life was ruined by MMOs, and a group of MMO gamers who spend most of their lives inside virtual worlds.

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  • John

    What a bunch of delusional losers.

    • Maestra Sierra

      Literally. Many of them have childish minds… >_> It’s embarrassing that they’re within my age group range. Makes me want to slap each and every one of them across their heads and ask them “What the f^ck is wrong with you?! Are you mentally ill?!” Watching these people have online relationships and being interviewed (especially that fat chick laughing all the time) is like watching a couple of mentally handicap people get excited over having kids. O_O Some people deserve to be locked up and never reproduce.

      • MH

        A little high and mighty aren’t you?

        • Maestra Sierra

          Are you f^cking kidding me!? You’re overlooking at the fact that these people are living in sh!t holes with CHILDREN… look at the disheveled, hoard – like environments they ‘re raising the kids in… and are doing so because of some f^cking game!? These people shouldn’t reproduce at all and if so have protective services confiscate their kids before they get exposed to some fungus or mole, because their parents had neglected their real life to play with some fake online version. That’s not being high and mighty… that’s being a concern member of society and I respect John for his comment. And anyone who overlooks at such negligence ought to be called an idiot and be treated as such… in the original, ancient Greek traditional context usage of the word.

      • leer

        LOL … and that chick annoyed me too.

  • Jack

    you’re right john…
    i know… i’m one…

  • anurse

    This is fascinating to a mom whose 27 year old plays occasionally. I tried Second Life but it wasn’t for me. There is another doc “Virtual Adultery” avail here which is also pretty revealing. I did see Anthony and Andy on the SXSW interview release but I would love to know about Matt and how Heather and her guy ended up.
    Thanks as always for the great docs, wonderful stuff.

  • Jens

    excellent doc!

  • Maestra Sierra

    Thank goodness there are still civilizations and nations to which tribal, non-technologically advanced communities still exist in the world, because the way things are going the nations and communities who are technologically advanced will eventually die off due to lack of actual human contact. Think about it… sex dolls replacing physical contact, virtual worlds replacing social and emotional contact… etc… humans in these technological advanced nations will soon die off. I truly can’t wait for the extinction of such nations… they’re an embarrassment of our species really. They retard the growth and evolution of our species.

  • Me

    Loved this documentary. I can’t however understand why there’s so many hateful responses to this doc. Some people play games may it be FPS, RPG or MMORPG, others watch football, some go to the pub every night. Others play a sport…soon enough E-sport will be more well known. Maybe one day in our future we will be able to watch matches of Starcraft on the TV. Well. My point is that there’s two sides to everything we choose to do in life. And for the couple that got the twins I wish them all the happiness and luck in the world. They seem like good enough parents, believe me when I say that there’s worse parents and environments out there.

  • leer

    58:49 Naproxen? I take that stuff, and I still (sometimes) go to the gym. Not lifting tons of weights, but at least I try to do something. But when the pain is bad enough, it hurts just lying on the bed trying to watch videos let alone trying to concentrate on chatting or playing anything. Not to minimize his pain, but just some thoughts I had. And I go hang out with friends, volunteer, etc…

    One of my highschool friends met her husband from WOW. For a while she pretty much disappeared from the real world. At least it ended well for her… For those gamers that don’t have positive lives, I think it has to do more with their mental issues or other issues apart from the game. People who have mental problems are probably going to be more inclined to play, but you can’t blame the game any more than you can anything else that can lead to an ‘addiction’. At least gaming is somewhat social, and I’ve never seen a gamer selling themselves on the street corner or physically attacking others like a crackhead.

    Games are fun, but I really don’t understand paying for one, or playing for days on end with no sleep. If you’re gonna go a day or two with no sleep, it ought to be in a dark room with blinking lights and repetitive music that’s not involving a computer screen :)

  • someguy

    fucking nerds

    • Lisa

      im a nerd then

  • craftofwar

    the best part about this was the end of the documentary hearing the mega man song. insta smile on my face :)

  • ParaMythos

    I consider myself a gamer, as in I enjoy them and play them. But this is a whole different breed. My gaming life doesn’t dictate my personal life, I would rather go out to a friends and watch a hockey game or play a board game over a couple of beers than sit at my PC… alone.

    I don’t blame the gaming industry for these people. It has to take an addictive personality to become like that. A couple hours every day or 2 is no different than watching a movie on tv or a couple shows, but 4 days straight? 18 hours a day? no wonder they suffer from depression and social anxiety.

  • npgilbertson

    audio is out of sync, quality is good otherwise. Kinda is like me, i play games for about 4 hours a day weekdays (school and homework) and roughly 16-20 hours a day on weekends. It is addicting, but also possible to find time to keep good grades, have a job, etc. Some people just get too into it.

  • Michael Kinsey

    Ed Dames’s kill shot,. x class solar flare direct earth frontal hit will destroy this world and everyone in it by taking out all satellites.. Christian scripture says it will last 8 hours. Not to worry, yet, the mark of the beast will be here then. You might have to get the chip to continue playing. Not worth it, because it tempts God. Only those who love god and serve Him alone , and live by his Word and not bread alone, will refuse the mark. Time will end. Eternity is forever. The purpose of life , is for life to give life to life, with the perfect fulfillment of the Royal Law, Eternal life is now possible. Talk about a power boost, even if your already dead. I really have fun playing computer games. The real world is a spiritual Sodom and Gomorrah. Truth is Truth, Absolute. 8 hours of x class will take out 1/3 of the earth, and all space techs..This is the real world.

  • Michael Kinsey

    Good vid, have fun!

  • Morthund

    Plainer than this it cant get that thousands of years of warrior instinct have pretty much nowhere to go in this day and age unless when you end up in the military with PTSS. Yay humanity, way to go for self-destruction. Personally I drink and write comments.

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