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Posted 2006-05-04 by Tony Walsh
Pure West Documentaries plans to shoot a documentary about massively-multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and the people who play them. The director of the pending film, Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza, is on the lookout for charismatic gamers with a willingness to share their unique experiences with the world.

Escoriaza told me via email that although ideal subjects should be located in the northeast U.S. (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware), he is still interested in hearing from subjects outside this area with "absolutely amazing" stories. "The games we are most interested in covering are World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Project Entropia," he wrote, adding that in Second Life, Pure West is looking for "online entrepreneurs and people neck deep in the online mafia culture." The film's director can be reached by email via [juancarlos at purewestmedia dot com].

Pure West's effort is one of several somewhat similar films underway. The upcoming documentary Ideal World will focus on online entrepreneur Nephilaine Protagonist's adventures in Second Life. Robo Studios plans a documentary about the intersection between the real world and Second Life's virtual economy. So-called "gold farmers" are under UCSD PhD student Ge Jin's lens. And then there's Real People Virtual Worlds, a documentary featuring "interviews with players, game developers, and observers of cyberculture, as well as footage shot directly from the game environments themselves..."
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