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"You know that day-dream you had as a little kid? The one where you and your friends got together to battle the evil dragon? Well, these guys are kind of doing that. Every night.".Welcome to the world of online raiding. In certain Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs), like Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, gaming content is regularly created for the collaborative participation of up to twenty-five players at a time. Each player fulfills a particular role within the collective based on the skills attributed to their class of character in the game. Some play healers, some play damage dealers, and some play characters defensively designed to soak the large amounts of damage dealt by their virtual opponents. These players group together to form raids that routinely meet to test themselves against scripted game encounters. The technical design of these encounters is often so tightly tuned that it requires a remarkable amount of practice and planning for a raid to complete them, and the near flawless performance of each of its members.The Raid is a film about raiding and what it means to be a raider. We capture the numerous hours invested by a diverse group of gamers in a complicated and choreographed digital environment, where every contribution weighs on their success or failure. We watch, in person and virtually, as members strategize, fail, re-strategize, and inevitably find victory in their pursuits. We sit with them in their homes and seek to understand the value this kind of commitment has in their daily lives, amidst their work, and within their families. We question them about virtual achievements and their value. We sit with social experts concerned about the growing issue of internet addiction and seek their opinions. We will question the future of the MMO experience and its place in the global landscape of culture, education, and business. Most of all, The
If you play Warcraft, this is a fun movie to watch. It's done at the time of Lich King release, but any raider can appreciate the guild members' commentary on content, game mechanics, and the feeling of a first boss kill. There are female raiders interviewed as well to remind the gents that we, too, can bring the pain/heals. The game graphics used in the movie remind users to upgrade their equipment to see all that this game truly has to offer visually! If you're thinking about playing Warcraft, watch this for the often-misunderstood social element of the game.
I chose 4 out of 5 on this movie because this movie strikes an interesting point in explaining why people game online in guilds. It brings the point that humanity is used to the village lifestyle where everyone knows everyone and everybody works together. So the movie then points out that these individuals are seeking that lifestyle virtually because they want that connection. The protagonists were people that were relatable and that brought the point of the film to better light.
Would like to see other films in this series with other raid content with other guilds. Would be more interesting if the fights were detailed more, instead of just cobbling together a bunch of in game video sequences...featuring full fights with commentary would be quite good as well.
I was trying to talk my eight year old son to not want to watch this, as it was merely a documentary. However, they managed to keep him entertained for the entire 48 or whatever minutes. What this movie did was to follow a specific raid team, who spoke about there perspectives for playing the game and being part of a raid team. The raid team was all functional adults, who had good heads on their shoulders. They interviewed an anthropologist and a therapist for their takes on the game. They made some very positive remarks about the benefits of being part of a raid team. For example, the one fellow spoke about how we lost the community of a village in our US culture about 100 years ago, and that being part of a guild raid team provided many of the same benefits that a village provided years ago. I do not want to give it away, but it was very well done. However, it would have been better if they also showed a younger raid group, not just a group of mature adults, because they exposed the viewers to how some people can be "dicks," using vulgar language, and being annoying, but the beauty of it, is that if they are a good raid player, the raid team tolerates them, and they are able to work together, despite their differences, to accomplish common goals. The other thing is that the show, though it did address the problems of people getting addicted to the game, and avoiding things like health, etc., if played too many hours per week, it did not provide a wide enough panel of experts with divergent views. In their defense, too many so called experts have negative views about it, that do not even know what they are talking about. Associating attributes of games like Grand Theft Auto to games of this type, which are completely unrelated. The experts on this documentary actually knew what they were talking about, from a World of Warcraft gamers perspective. At the time of the documentary, Lich King was the highest raid, so much of Cataclysm and MoP was not shown, but the same principals of achievements, etc. were included.
This documentary brought me up to speed on the current state of online gaming with regard to the dynamic of MMORPGs and the people who inhabit the various in-game gangs. Gamers will enjoy this, as it is well-presented, has good production value, and offers fascinating insight into the virtual world of these games. Definitely worth a rental - especially for parents who struggle to understand their children(s) fascination with World of Warcraft and other socially and time-demanding online games.
I played most of the content they show in the movie before I myself stopped playing World of Warcraft. The game is far more entertaining than the documentary. You feel a looming darkness over this film while you watch it. Only for the serious fans who either want to relive the past or someone that's never seen the Lich King content and are curious. Everyone else...avoid.
I was actually looking for the other movie "The Raid," but accidentally rented this turd. Making a movie about a casual past time (excluding professional sports) usually doesn't turn out very well. While reading the reviews from the other users who says that they finally can understand the online gaming communities and those who engorge themselves into that type of lifestyle; I cannot waste two hours of my life to people contemplating spells, wards, and attack combos while they sit behind a computer screen. If you want to understand it in a quarter of the time, go rent the South Park episode: World of Warcraft. Its only 21 minutes and you'll definitely have a laugh.