Review

"The film avoids passing judgment on any of its subjects and the filmmaker takes care in telling both sides of the story. Director Piniero has a lot of ground to cover and by the end never answers the most important question: are these games good or bad? Do these games bring on anything positive or simply destroy the gamers? I think that this is the key to the over all success of the film. Piniero has resisted answering that question. After all who is he to judge?"

-Jimmy D

"...my two favorites of SXSW were two very polished documentaries, Second Skin and At the Death House Door. Not being a gamer, I wondered how much I would care about Second Skin’s subject... Happily, the film finds some dynamic people to follow and it does superb job of chronicling their lives, both on- and off-line. I suspect this will have a healthy life on DVD, and perhaps theatrically." (more...)

- Paul Lovell

"Piñeiro-Escoriaza recently helped Pure West produce and edit Second Skin, a documentary about hardcore online gamers that premiered to rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2008..."
-Loren Blake

"A deft combination of dramatically animated statistical graphics combined with artfully incorporated machinima give the film a visual punch to match its compelling subject matter... overall it is a deeply engaging and effective film, sure to entertain gamers and non-gamers alike."

- Kevin Buist

"Second Skin is a beautiful, well crafted film. There are great effects, animations, game graphics and story arcs. This is the first real and honest look into the lives of those whom actively participate in MMOG, not just gamers. While there are stereotypes, it does bring upon the question of the gamer stereotype and challenges how they are viewed upon. Rather than focusing on the negative or the surreal aspects of their lives, it humanizes its subjects and presents a fair and balanced look. It does a great job at presenting the many different sides of the MMOG world, and its stories."

"Second Skin concerns a much newer, more sophisticated form of computer gaming, awkwardly abbreviated as MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. These are vast virtual environments populated by people from all over the world..."

"The title, Second Skin, seemed to imply this film documentary would address Linden Lab’s Second Life and the general impact of virtual worlds on personal identity. As the lights dimmed, I was excited to explore how interactive media is changing our experience of ourselves."

"Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza is the director of Second Skin, a film that takes an intimate look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging genre of Multiplayer Online games (MMOs)..."

"Second Skin is the best, most profound, and most significant of these three films inspired by geek culture. It is a true achievement, both in documentary film-making and in public discourse about online gaming. Artistically, Second Skin is beautiful..."

"If you’re like most non-gamers, chances are you’ve stereotyped those cyber-athletes obsessed with online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life as socially awkward virgins locked away in their parents’ basement surfacing only to heat up a Hot Pocket or attend a local gaming convention dressed as their favorite blood elf or hybrid warrior-cleric..."

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