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But she said she left with no real understanding of the sport, and while the people she liked, she didn't get a sense of what they were playing or doing.
She didn't understand TLO being 'injured' at a video game.
She liked Sheth, (She hated HuK...dumb girl)
But she said the only part she got a sense of what they were playing for was 'The red haired Asian guy'
Hero winning Dreamhack and shaking and stuff hit home.
So ya, I loved it 'cause I know the guys, the background and stories. But as an extrenal viewer she had no concept of the size of tournaments or prize money etc... until like 50 minutes into it on Hero's part.
I think once stuff like StarNation is out and a few others, We'll be glad to have the Documentary style, the interview style, the character study style etc... but I think in a way its unfortunate this one came out first. Because we kind of all wanted the big 'StarCraft!' documentary to show people around us.
So ya, not at all what I thought it'd be, but I've still watched it 3 times
It felt more like a "15 minutes with every TL Pro" exclusive interview-bonanza rather than an actual documentary that DOCUMENTS something.
I'll rate it with a "Meh" because of way too much hype and expectations.
I liked the few bits where players got past the safe comments and revealed some things about the struggle that is being a progamer. I liked all bits where you see players interacting. It could have used more of that, but maybe that's just my preference. I liked the ethical question of whether HuK should be allowed back on TL should he so desire. If anything, I appreciated Nazgul's comments since he is less of a public figure then some of the players.
- Die hard teamliquid fans? Obviously not, because 90% of the content was known before to the real fans.
- Esport Outsiders (Parents, Friends, etc..)? I think not, because the film does not explain anything in regard of what a pro esport team really is or does, or how it works, nor is explained what esport really is all about. It certainly does not function as a device to teach other people about esports, like "hey i'll watch this with my gf and then she'll understand what i do for 3 hours every evening".
- Casual gamers that shall become new TL fans? Don't think so either, because there is way to less "FUCK YEAH"-moments in it, which would convice people of how badassly awesome tl really is. The whole thing is just way to modest for that. I have seen 10-minute-quake-fragmovies after which i sat there stoked by the awesomeness of a player, and those clips were done by amateurs.
So technically i find it done really well. But for the die-hard fans its way too less "behind the curtains", for esport-outsiders its way too less informative and explanatory and for casual games its way to modest and calm to get them hyped up.
So who is it made for?