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Beyond the Game2008

  • 3.9
BEYOND THE GAME is a fascinating look at the incredibly popular online game "Warcraft III." The documentary follows the world's best game players in the run-up to the World Championship Cybergames. Using a traditional narrative structure, filmmaker Jos de Putter slows down the actions and renders this unusual world familiar to outsiders, casting the contenders in a story of all-or-nothing competition between players in their prime. This game may be new but the story is as old as drama itself.

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Great example of a moving that can be enthralling even though the viewer is not a gamer. Nice profiles of three key personalities with great interviews with secondary characters. A bit more info about the Warcraft gameplay might have made it difficulty better to comprehend but still a recommended film for any doc fan - gamer or not.

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Great example of a moving that can be enthralling even though the viewer is not a gamer. Nice profiles of three key personalities with great interviews with secondary characters. A bit more info about the Warcraft gameplay might have made it difficulty better to comprehend but still a recommended film for any doc fan - gamer or not.

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As a long time player and fan of Warcraft III, I really enjoyed Beyond the Game. It was a look into the tournament lifestyle and personal lives of the former professional WC III players Sky, Grubby and MaDFroG (least featured in the film). This was filmed during a time when E-Sports was still fresh and developing so it's interesting to see this perspective of these pro gamers lives and what they had to go through to continue making a living through gaming. It's worth a watch.

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Decent documentary with infuriating editing at times

enjoyed it