The Blog Roll: Noobz Misrepresents The Majority of Gamers
The last few years have seen some truly wonderful films based on video game/’Nerd’ culture. Indie Game The Movie showed the passion and dedication that the indie scene is brimming with. The Dungeon Masters gave us a insight into the importance of gaming (be it in the pen & paper format) in peoples’ lives, even showing how D & D acted as a release for some rather troubled individuals. The King of Kong was a wonderful story of one man’s sheer determination to clear his name as a cheat, and reclaim a title once stolen from him.
All these films provide a wonderful insight into the culture that is slowly becoming more and more mainstream. 2012′s Noobz, however, is pure garbage. A film for gamers by gamers, this was the gimmick the film’s marketing team went for. Noobz is simply a vile and unoriginal waste of time. I watched the film out of pure curiosity, mostly due to hearing mixed things about it. After sitting through all ninety-seven minutes of the film, I came to an unwelcome conclusion: Noobz does in fact represent a minority of the modern day video game culture.
Noobz follows a group of Gears of War fans as they drive across country to play in an ‘e-sport’ event. The film features a number of characters that have little to no likeable–or even realistic–traits. The majority of those traits all revolve around things that feel utterly awkward. One of the group members (Oliver) is camp-acting a young male; his only role is to make vaguely sexual jokes towards men. His character role in the group is to be on the wrong end of jokes aimed at his proposed sexuality, but the only people that will find these jokes funny are pre-teens who often spend their time in Call of Duty lobbies yelling ‘fag’.
Cody fills the role of the main character, and what I assume is supposed to be the ‘average gamer’. He is, however, utterly unlikeable and totally withdrawn from reality. Cody is fired from his job, left by his wife, and all because of his dedication–or addiction–to his Gears of War clan. The character drifts through the whole film being nothing but a lifeless douche bag to people. His only place in life is literally to play Gears. The people this character will appeal to don’t exist, and if they do, then humanity is doomed.
Andy is possibly the most relatable character of the bunch. While he is something of a passive-aggressive slacker, the character has a job and has interests beyond Gears of War. The character makes social links outside of his clan, and this further pushes him as the most human character in the group. The last character of the group is Hollywood, and all of the jokes around him focus on his disability. Hilarious, right?
Sure, Noobz is supposed to be a dumb movie, and its characters embody this, but it’s also supposed to represent the video game culture. The tone of the jokes, the way in which characters interact with each other and the people around them–it’s all in poor taste, which fails to resonate with the majority of ‘gamers’. For years people have almost looked down on the industry and its customers as social outcasts, and Noobz reinforces this stereotype. The film conveys the impression that ‘gamers’ are immature wastes of space that live for only one reason: to play video games.
The likes of Indie Games The Movie, The King of Kong and The Dungeon Masters all did a fantastic job of representing the video game culture, Noobz is at the bottom end of the spectrum. There is certainly a population of ‘gamers’ that Noobz will represent and appeal to, but the chances are that these people are the ones running your online experience.
Side note: I don’t care about e-sports, but if you do, then you should hate this film. Hate it hard.