Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

October 24, 2008 -

A New York Times review of Ben X notes that the indie film's troubled protagonist escapes from real world difficulties by playing MMOs.

(GPDon't we all, Ben, don't we all...)

From the review:

To Ben... school is a nightmare of peer cruelty and home... a vortex of parental frustration. To cope, he escapes into an online fantasy universe where his heroic avatar spends hours immersed in a popular video game alongside a generously endowed virtual honey known as Scarlite...

Integrating live action with Ben’s gaming exploits, “Ben X” crawls inside a troubled mind with more stylistic commitment than narrative competence...

Ben X opens today in Manhattan.

 


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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

Looks interesting, I may just decide to go and see this movie.

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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

Why is he playing ArchLord? ArchLord sucks.

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Huh, I had a chance to see this in Ottawa a few months back, but I somehow wound up at a keg party instead.  How bizarre.

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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

 Looked decent until by the end I could tell it's just yet another form of media that's going to say kids can lose their perception of reality and fantasy and act out fantasy things in reality. Bullshit. 

 

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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

You have no idea what you're talking about.

It's about a guy with Asperger Syndrome who tries to escape from his painful everyday life (he's being bullied at school by both teachers and students) by playing an MMORPG in which he's the complete opposite of his real self...until he meets a fellow player in real-life.

I've seen parts of it. And from what I saw, it's an excellent movie.

Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

Well, I guess it makes for a better story than a sub-urban houswife hiding from her real world troubles by playing Bejeweled....

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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

I haven't seen it yet, but it was aired in Québec and most critics were positives. I saw the trailer and I kinda saw myself in Ben in this movie.

When it's on DVD, I'll buy it immediately.

Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

This looks, uh, what's that phrase, oh yeah, like shit.  Oh man, someone made a movie about an autistic kid, that's deep, even though from that clip it looks like it has less depth than a petri dish.

Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

This game is on my list of things that make me wish I didn't have the name Ben, along with Ben 10.

Also after watching the youtube clip I can tell you its already been done in the form of a movie called The Wizard.....

 

Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

But the Wizard is cheesy and was spoofed to death.  This looks more serious.

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What's wrong with Ben 10?

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Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

Well to be honest I was warming up to it......until they started the Ben 10 Alien Force gustapo.  Then it just made it cling to the fact that I was named after Ben Cartright from Bananza.

I know that dosen't really anwser the question but now that I think about it dosen't this Ben X movie seem like a ripoffish version of Rainman?

Re: Toubled Teen in Ben X is an MMO Gamer

I like Alien Force, seems more serious and it reminds me of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

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MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
E. Zachary KnightAE. Very true. I think that is where I was going, but it didn't come out right. Jack Harkness is sexy but not objectified. Whereas, a women would have to be objectified in order to be "sexy" in most games.02/26/2015 - 8:26pm
E. Zachary KnightAnd as Andrew pointed out, there is a big difference between a sexualized man, and an idealized man. But for some reason, there is no distinction between women in games. For the most part.02/26/2015 - 8:25pm
Andrew EisenI think one of the issues we run into repeatedly with these conversations is the confusion over "sexy" and "sexually objectified."02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightYet, for some reason, in orde rto have a sexualized women, she must be wearing lingerie or a bikini. Can't women be sexual and still dress for the job at hand?02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightThe problem I have with complaints of "sexualized men" is that men don't have to wear speedos to be sexualized. Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood/Doctor Who, was one sexy man, but he spent 99% of his time in a WW2 soldier's trenchcoat.02/26/2015 - 8:23pm
Andrew EisenThat there's more to her character than her sexualization? Sure (depending on which depiction we're talking about). No one's claiming that there are zero examples of female characters beyond their sexualization.02/26/2015 - 8:22pm
 

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