Who wouldn't want to live in a mystical universe, engage in a battle with fire-breathing dragons, and reign victorious as the ultimate hero and savior? The doldrums of everyday life simply can't compete with this thrilling alternate reality, and that's why RuneScape has captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of video game lovers since its introduction in 2001. The infectiously fun documentary RuneScape: 15 Years of Adventure profiles the origins of this global phenomenon, and the fiercely devoted players who continue to drive its success.
The game has made its way into the Guinness Book or World Records on several occasions, but its beginnings were anything but grandiose. It all started with two children of the 80's - brothers Andrew and Paul Gower - whose love of emerging gaming technologies led them on a path to creating their own. Driven by an unquenchable passion for immersive online experiences, the brothers toiled through various stages of trial and error before they happened upon their magic formula. But once they did, the world was eager to go along for the ride.
The game envelopes each user in a beautifully rendered universe filled with majestic castles, glorious landscapes, exciting single and multi-player combat options, and heroic quests filled with exotic creatures and increasingly daunting challenges. For many, it's the perfect anecdote to the rigors of daily existence, and a chance to interact with a tightly bonded community of like-minded people from every corner of the globe. Unlike many games of its ilk, RuneScape has consistently encouraged the input of its users. Over the years, their suggestions have given birth to a myriad of upgrades and improved game modes.
Throughout the course of the film, the game's most essential creators attempt to decipher its singular placement in the pantheon of the gaming industry's heavyweights. Along the way, we also get to meet some of its most rabid enthusiasts, including Zezima, an almost mythical figure who enjoys his status as the highest ranking player in the world.
RuneScape: 15 Years of Adventure is a deliciously entertaining portrait of a dream that started small, but was soon shared by millions.
Directed by: Alan Campbell, Emily Dee