• Thu, Sep 26 2013

Documentary Shows Video Games Conveying Woman’s Real Life Lessons

Honestly, I don’t have much gaming experience myself, but I am all about anything that fights the all-too-persistent stereotype that video games are a “guy thing.” That’s why I’m pretty jazzed about the above trailer for Avatar Secrets – an upcoming documentary app that explores one woman’s positive experiences in the gaming community.

After being faced with some abrupt and difficult situations in her personal life, Ramona Pringle started playing World of Warcraft. She’s been keeping track of all the lessons she’s gleaned since joining the WoW community and now she’s delivering it to us in what sounds like a really unique format. The trailer just hit the Web and I have to say that it’s really visually impressive, cutting between animated characters and real life moments, and getting me pretty psyched about experiencing the app in full.

In addition, it just seems to cast gaming in a (rightfully) more positive light. Pringle makes some great comments in a Mashable interview about what technology says about human interaction and our relationships:

“We’re not addicted to technology — we’re addicted to each other,” she says. “If someone says, ‘Oh, I’m addicted to checking my phone,’ what they really mean is that they’re addicted to the messages they might be receiving. A text from someone they love, for example, just saying ‘hi.’”

I’ve never thought about it that way, but it’s true that the way we communicate is shifting. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean our desire for meaningful relationships is disappearing. So, having this discussion via a visually exciting medium? Count me in! I suggest taking a look at the full Mashable article to learn more about how the documentary will actual work in app form, but keep it on your radar, as Avatar Secrets will be available in the spring.

[via Mashable]

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  • Tania

    I am still friends with most of the people I played WoW with, years after they and I quit. This doesn’t surprise me. :)

  • Samantha_Escobar

    I really like this. I remember growing up and being lonely sometimes and feeling so much better when on MMORPGs.

    • Holly

      Yes. If it weren’t for some of the friends I made on MMORPG’s in the last several years, I would be in a much worse place. I still talk to some of them constantly, now that we’re not currently playing and I can’t imagine not having them in my lives in one way or another. My gaming community was a huge help after I had my son, away from any family or friends, and suffered from really terrible PPD.