LIFE 2.0 follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by the virtual world, Second Life. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars.
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 virtual 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. The movie seems to have been made in 2007, but the situations are much the same as they are now, except that now there are better avatars :) I didn't like the long real life scenes where real people were hurt, real relationships lost. What I wanted in this movie was a look around the beautiful places that people have created. Perhaps the homes that people have created..to rent, sell and/or live in. The endless water that for the most part an avatar can swim, fish, boat etc. in. There are Clubs of all kinds with great music. Music is a main theme in SL..everywhere you go..music. Without context, the clubs and avatars shown looked foolish. I am taking off one star for the movie concentrating on how a person can mess up his/her life by confusing SL and RL. Thousands of people are in SL for totally different reasons, and can keep the two separate. Just being there is their reason, not to work out RL problems. I am taking off one star for half of the movie actually taking place in real life. I really didn't like that. Maybe someone can make an SL movie showing the beauty of so many sims, the amazing Estates on which one can make a home.. and change their property to suit themselves. Or show the merchants creating their wares. Builders building..artists creating virtual art...all of the wonders of SL. They could show the wonderful events given for charity. Conversely they could show a little of the debatably ugly parts of SL for the sake of honesty. Ugliness does exist. I enjoyed the professionalism of the way the movie was made, but there is so much more to SL, I felt cheated that basically it was all about mistakes made and grief caused. This movie is well made. The music is very good.
I had the pleasure of seeing this docu. in my college english class, we also watched SecondSkin. 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. The world of online gaming is so multi-faceted and this docu. does a fabulous job at giving a very important unbiased look at the lives of gamers. I love the people they chose and the stories they chose to share with us. It amazing because there is always going to be one thing that is 100% real in the virtual world and that is the emotion is brings. I've met someone online special, i've made friendships that will last the rest of my life, ive been in large guilds and raided new content until I wasnt really sure what day it was in "real life", and funny enough when I was younger my mom left the family (twice) for someone she met online in a video game as did Amie Goodie & Bluntly B. but just like Amie's daughter I still belong to virtual communities. I dont know what it is! I am 100% normal in real life and people are always shocked I play WoW... I can't say I have a "second life" but I will say I am a resident of the virtual world. :D I highly rec. this docu... sorry usually I don't get all personal in a review but this doc. was so touching because it hit so close to home. See you online! :p
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.
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.
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.