WoW Addict: How a desperate father fought demons

Two years ago, he was a high-flying IT specialist for a leading bank. Then the young Scot was introduced to a life of adventure in the magical online land of Azeroth. Today Arklore - the "virtual name" by which he wishes to be known in this story - works for a fast-food restaurant.

Stories such as Arklore's will be told this weekend in Second Skin, the first movie to seriously portray the culture of games such as World Of Warcraft.

Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza, the film's director, suggests the importance of virtual worlds has become increasingly apparent. The negative view of online gaming, in which spotty young men forego all social and sexual interaction in favour of their virtual life, is not a true picture, Escoriaza claimed.

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