Man vs Second Life: a tale of disenchantment

A month or so ago, we featured a machinima called Man vs. Second Life, as our Machinima of the Week. It was a notable piece of humour and well and truly deserved the more than fifty thousand views it has received to date. Here is it in case you hadn’t seen it:

A little over a week ago, the creator of Man vs. Second Life, Hugity, posted a follow-up on YouTube to announce his departure from Second Life. What’s fascinated me with his near seven minute video is the mix of thoughtful insights on his creation mixed with some very judgmental comments about Second Life and furries in particular. His disdain for those who are regularly involved with Second Life is obvious and he looks forward to developing his career in “real video production”. Here’s the response in full:

What’s your take? What points do you agree with and what do you see as misinformed views?

Comments

  1. Kenneth says:

    I didn't have the patience to listen to the whole thing, so I never got to his reasons.

    If he's hoping for a future in video, I hope he learns the virtues of concision and/or finds a good editor.

  2. daleoztron says:

    We have found in our research(at schools) that Second Life can act as a good gateway for people. This guy seems to have used it to help develop his film skills. Some kids use it to further their design skills, programming skills etc…
    So as much as he might not like it, he may well look back on it with fondness as it provided him with a great new opportunity in filmmaking.
    That said – I don't think any opinions are wrong. It's just as important to understand what doesn't work for people as what does.

  3. Couldn’t agree more Dale, well put 😉

  4. NITRO1250 says:

    Hey guys,

    I did the filming for Man vs SL.

    I just wanted to point out a few things that myself and the other two guys (including Sylar) feel that if we made a sequel, it wouldn't nearly be as punchy as this one. We decided to end on a high note and perhaps later in the future, if some ideas get thrown around that are decent, another film could be made.

    This film was basically made for a school final project and then about a week later was posted to youtube. All of us have been ecstatic at the number views we have received since the start.

    All this holds a lot against us, not in a bad way, but the fact that we have all of you, the fans, to please with any future films that are to be released or not.

    I personally would love to do a sequel to this movie, but upon further thinking on this, Sylar is right, it wouldn't be as punchy as the original.

    However, for the fans, either myself personally or myself and Sylar will be in person on camera doing a behind the scenes as well as a commentary about the making of Man vs SL in the next few months for the fans, and for documentation. It won't be one to miss!

    Thanks again everyone for faithfully viewing this film! It really means a lot to us personally!

  5. NITRO1250 says:

    Hey guys,

    I did the filming for Man vs SL.

    I just wanted to point out a few things that myself and the other two guys (including Sylar) feel that if we made a sequel, it wouldn't nearly be as punchy as this one. We decided to end on a high note and perhaps later in the future, if some ideas get thrown around that are decent, another film could be made.

    This film was basically made for a school final project and then about a week later was posted to youtube. All of us have been ecstatic at the number views we have received since the start.

    All this holds a lot against us, not in a bad way, but the fact that we have all of you, the fans, to please with any future films that are to be released or not.

    I personally would love to do a sequel to this movie, but upon further thinking on this, Sylar is right, it wouldn't be as punchy as the original.

    However, for the fans, either myself personally or myself and Sylar will be in person on camera doing a behind the scenes as well as a commentary about the making of Man vs SL in the next few months for the fans, and for documentation. It won't be one to miss!

    Thanks again everyone for faithfully viewing this film! It really means a lot to us personally!

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