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Gamers Unite; surprisingly good, and completely sans Michael Moore

8:44 AM on 06.14.2007 // Earnest Cavalli

Speaking as someone who once dated a girl who took two semesters of film, documentary film-making is the single most boring job an auteur can take on. It's almost impossible to make a modern audience care about any subject not directly involving Vin Diesel, or the addition of flames to a beloved childhood icon, and with that in mind, what the creators of Gamers Unite have accomplished is really rather stunning.

Their documentary strives to provide a voice for gamers in reaction to the widespread media accounts of video games creating murder and mayhem all across the world. The people interviewed are quite eloquent, and make points to rival anything I've ever written as to why the current gamer stereotype is unfounded. Admittedly, PBC Productions doesn't have the budget of that fat dude who keeps blowing judges at Cannes, but what they do manage is quite impressive. I'm reminded of many of the documentaries produced by Shotime and HBO, and that's a high compliment for an effort such as this.

The above clip is the first part of Gamers Unite and if it's any indication of the quality to come from PBC, this is the sort of thing we should be mailing to Jack Thompson in lieu of all the boxes full of bees we've been sending. 

[UPDATE: We just got word that part 2 of the saga will be released this Friday.] 

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