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  • Actors: Artists not provided
  • Directors: Jason Spingarn-Koff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063HO5BE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LIFE 2.0 follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically consumed by the virtual world of Second Life. They reside in this new reality, where inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars - with digital alter egos that can be sculpted and manipulated on a whim. More than an examination of a hot new technology, LIFE 2.0 is an intimate, character-based drama about people who look to a virtual world in search of something they are missing in their real lives. The results are unexpected and often disturbing: reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality.

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"Life 2.0 is a disturbing but nonjudgmental study of online addiction and the lure of manufactured identities... Every thread here raises a provocative question about the ethics of online interactivity, and serves to demonstrate the Web's ability to both facilitate and destroy human relationships." --Variety

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An excellent documentary if you want to learn more about any aspect of Second Life and its impact on people and society.
David A. Weiman, Psy.D., P.C.
I have been an avid WoW player for 8 years and feel like I can either relate or understand the people in this film so well.
Summer
The movie was great and well done and it shows the different types of people behind the avatars, there are so many more.
Anjelikka

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott S. on January 17, 2012
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Life 2.0 is an astonishingly meaningful and entertaining look at the subculture of Second Life. The film tracks several people through their engagement and sometimes addiction with the online 3D virtual reality world. One woman sells enormous and immaculate virtual homes for real money in second life, while living in squalor in her parent's basement, working in her pajamas twenty hours a day. Another couple, who turn out to look surprisingly similar to their extremely attractive avatars, fall in love on Second Life and their relationship spills into first life with unexpected consequences. It's incredible how close the director got to his subjects, and you can't believe some of the moments he's managed to catch on film. Finally, the film manages not just to tell these amazing, and sometimes troubling stories, but many of the scenes, and the film itself, functions as a metaphor for our contemporary world's layers of reality, encouraging us to contemplate "what is real."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Kohler on April 3, 2012
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Life 2.0 is one of the most interesting documentaries I've seen. The stark realism captured in this film sheds real insight into not just virtual environments such as Second Life but, the entire phenomenon of meeting and interacting with other people online. I think this documentary will probably mean even more to people who have experienced anything close to what is covered in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anjelikka on September 15, 2013
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For those who have experienced Second Life know that it is not just a game. It somehow mixes real life and the virtual life. The movie was great and well done and it shows the different types of people behind the avatars, there are so many more.
I recommend the movie highly for anyone to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jiang Xueqin on September 30, 2013
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Life 2.0 is a documentarian's look at the world of Second Life and those who are addicted to it. There are three main story threads: A man and a woman who decide to leave their families and be together after meeting online, a woman who lives at home and who makes her living from playing Second Life from 6pm until 11am, and a man who plays a little girl online (in theory, there are no adolescents online, as it's illegal for minors to play Second Life). The documentary's structure makes it jarring viewing: Real-life interviews are interspersed with footage from Second Life, so it's difficult sometimes to separate what's real and what's fake. Certainly, for the individuals portrayed in this film, Second Life is far more real than their own real life. As the film progresses, it becomes clear to what should have all been too obvious from the start: that the people most addicted and absorbed by Second Life are exactly those who suffer from deep psychosis and seek an escape from the meaningless and trauma of their real lives.

And that's why there are now 15 million playing Second Life right this minute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David A. Weiman, Psy.D., P.C. on August 13, 2013
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I was unaware of Second Life until seeing this documentary. The filmmakers did an excellent job of revealing the different storylines they covered in an interesting way, while also providing the view of those who created the site. It was compelling to watch and very well-edited. An excellent documentary if you want to learn more about any aspect of Second Life and its impact on people and society.
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This movie touches on the division or lack of division between Second Life and Real Life (RL). In my opinion the movie chose to accent the problems that can be caused by people making bad decisions in SL..and ruining their RL (real lives) to the exclusion of anything else in SL.
When I was in SL some years ago, I loved to explore. There are thousands of wonderful sims to explore, beauty you cannot imagine. You can 'visit' places in other countries. This movie wasn't about that. It was about human feelings and the psychology of 'why you do what you do in a virtual world.' All right, that may be important but there are people doing happy, inventive things in SL as well.
Second Life is a virtual world, also called a metaverse. It was created as a platform, and people were invited to come there and make the world what they wanted. People came and they created pretty much everything in this world..the beauty of a place where one can just go and be whomever you want to be. Linden Labs created the platform and maintains it, and there is Linden money called Lindens which you buy with real money. If you want. You can also create items wanted there and sell them or get an SL job. The world is free to join, and you can be there forever and never spend any real money..if you want.
There are games within it, and different groups you might want to join. There can be wars, and there can be love. There is religion, love, hate, laughter and tears, and role playing galore.
This movie focused on three situations where SL and RL got mixed up and people were badly hurt..in real life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Currer Bell on December 8, 2013
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Very good documentary; unfortunately it does nothing to dissuade those who think virtual worlds are peopled with adulterers and men posing as girls or women.

The film follows three storylines: A virtual couple who are both cheating on their spouses; a young man who 'roleplays' an eleven year old girl; and a woman who makes a living wage from her virtual products.

With the virtual couple, they decide to meet in real life, and things quickly go sour. Clearly, they both prefer the world of fantasy.

With the man pretending to be a little girl, he seems very emotionally troubled; and I don't mean his later revelation that he was abused as a child. I'm referring to his pushing aside his living breathing fiancee to spend time with his virtual friends. His best virtual friend is also a man pretending to be a little girl. I should point out that there is nothing sexual in their 'roleplay' although there was one scene in which the pretend children were all using 'cuddle animations' around a fire; that seems more appropriate for 'virtual grownups.' (It's very hard to find language to appropriately assess this type of world.) To me that seemed to be pushing the boundaries of appropriateness.

The 'little girl' decides to go on a 'suicide bombing mission' which I also found troubling. The grown man controlling that avatar says he wanted to be banned, so he would be forced to break his virtual-world addiction. Well, he only got suspended for a few days. The people who own Second Life (Linden Lab) are notorious for their laissez faire governmental philosophy.

That philosophy is explained a bit by the founder of Second Life, Philip Rosedale. He wanted to see what members/users or 'residents' as Linden Lab calls them, did with the world he 'created.
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