The Dungeon Masters (2008)
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The Dungeon Masters fails as a journalistic exploration of gaming. But as a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the dungeon master's screen, it rolls high.
In the end, the qualities that make a Dungeon Master also make for an interesting individual.
As portrayed in the film, gamers dont play because of passion, but because of pathology.
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A very interesting premise comes to nothing in this lacklustre documentary. The film makers picked a bunch of people who are into pen&paper roleplaying (Dungeons & Dragons and the like) and take a swift and superficial glimpse into their gaming habits and lives. Unfortunately, there is no thread to follow, no tangible connection between the non-gamer part of the subjects' lives and their gaming. The film does educate or document but simple shows a few random moments out of the lives of random people. That they happen to play RPGs in their free time does not really matter or tie in with anything else in their lives. I can see that the the film maker wanted to make an off-beat portray of weirdos but I find that utterly uninteresting. Why, for example did he not include completely "normal" and "socialised" people to portray as well ? No, it had to be lonely, socially Packard and bizarre people. Another uninteresting post-Moore documentary which tries to hard to be "weird" instead of being truly interested in its subject.
The Dungeon Masters is fascinating at times and dull at others. The subjects chosen for the documentary were more annoying than endearing and in the end little is revealed about the subjects.
I believe those that really enjoy this movie are those who have lived the life. While I wasn't as fully immersed as those in the movie, I can see how it overtakes their lives. I think it was a great glimpse into the lives of gamers.
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