Uber Goober
PG-13
Entertainment: +1/2
Acceptability: -1

Editor's Note:This film is officially "Not Rated" by the MPAA

This documentary seeks to educate and inform those who have misgivings about the whole subculture of fantasy entertainment. In a thorough presentation, Steve Metze addresses the various forms of fantasy gaming including miniature gamers, i.e., those that paint miniature figures and build miniature worlds; role players such as Dungeons & Dragons); and those known simply as LARPers, i.e., live-action role players. He also presents the religious opposition to these activities and seeks to discount much of the negative press that surrounds this form of activity. Uber Goober addresses the reasons that people enjoy this venue of entertainment and why they are so fanatically passionate. Gaming, the movie reports, provides introverted, socially timid geeks an outlet to express themselves and make deep friendships.

While some fantasy games promote a study of world geography, military and world history, and art and drama, there is another side to the gaming subculture that is more dark and subversive. One man says that he introduced his wife to a game that was too intense, turning her off, and that he should have introduced her to the gaming world via a cartoon game that would have been easier to accept. Other gamers keep their fantasy gaming a secret from spouses and co-workers fearing unacceptance. The movie reports that in some role-playing games, the storylines allow characters to rape and have sex with other members. Magic is used in some games to exert power over others and control what happens in the game, but Uber Goober tries to distance itself from occultism, witchcraft and Satan worship. This film will appeal to a limited audience, but Preview does not recommend it.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Distributor: Scum Screw Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Several (9) times mild (hell 3, damn 2, breasts 1); strong (-ss 1, b-tch 1, wh-re 1)
Obscene Language: Few (3) times moderate (cr-p 1); strong (s-word 2). Several (8) bleeps replace words deemed inappropriate
Profanity: Few times moderate (L 1); strong (GD 2)
Violence: Several times mild (sword fighting with foam swords, pretending to kill and pretending to be dead, war games using miniature figures, someone hits a man in the face, a man threatens another man, talk about a suicide attributed to gaming, statistics on suicide in relationship to gaming); moderate (talk about vampires, blood thirst and the need to control oneself)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times mild (a woman with an opened-back blouse, a woman with a low-cut front blouse)
Homosexual Conduct: Few times mild (reference to having gamedar rather than gaydar; reference to being outed as a gamer, which is similar to being outed as a homosexual)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times mild (talk about having pretend sex with whores as part of the game)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Discussion of gaming being associated with Satanism, the occult and witchcraft, discussion of people who have teleported, done incantations and used spell balls
Running Time: 80 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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