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Uber Goober (2004)

 -  Documentary  -  June 2004 (USA)
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Über Goober focuses on the often-misunderstood, sometimes-controversial, and always-kind-of-geeky world of Gamers. Director Steve Metze examines several different groups including ... See full summary »

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Über Goober focuses on the often-misunderstood, sometimes-controversial, and always-kind-of-geeky world of Gamers. Director Steve Metze examines several different groups including historical miniature gamers, role-players, and those known simply as "LARPers." The film also explores opposition from religious groups, negative media portrayals, and some of the meanest 'man-on-the-street' interviews ever committed to video. Meet the Gamers, learn their exotic language, see their bizarre rituals, gasp at their semi-authentic costumes, and thrill to the painting techniques on their miniatures! Written by Anonymous

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The film premiered theatrically to a sold-out crowd at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas on 21 July 2004. The screening was introduced by "gaming legend" Steve Jackson, and director Steve Metze answered questions after the film. See more »

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There is a quote from Steve Jackson in the closing credits about how boring he thought the film would be when the director asked him for an interview. He was never interviewed due to scheduling conflicts, and later said after he'd seen the film that he really liked it and was glad it had gotten made. See more »

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A delightful look at the "gamer" subculture
31 July 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Uber Goober is a delightful, often funny, and well-done look at the world of "gamers". The director begins with the historical miniature gamers. They come across as the most normal, and indeed they apparently consider themselves at the top of the "Goober" (gamer)social hierarchy. The film then shifts one step further away from reality and shows us the world of people who play role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. The final stage is the truly odd world of live action role-playing. In all honestly, the live action role-players seem to be having the most fun as they dress up like unicorns and hit each other with foam rubber swords in the park.

The documentary includes some clips of people who oppose role-playing games.

Some man-on-the-street interviews also show how the general public views these forms of gaming. But at the end of the film, the viewer leaves with the impression that these "goobers" are just a bunch of folks who like to have goofy, harmless fun.

This was a nicely done documentary.


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