These professional video game players are not teenagers in their bedrooms, but e-sports legends who train 12 hours a day, play in stadiums packed with fans, and earn hundreds of thousands of pounds. YouTube sensation Dan Howell explores this strange world, following young hopefuls with dreams of reaching the top. From military combat games to strategic fantasies, everything is at stake: fame, glory and huge cash prizes. Largely ignored by traditional media, e-sports is part of a multi-billion pound industry that's bigger than Hollywood, and is about to explode into the mainstream.
This fascinating documentary explores the popular urban legend known as 'The Great Video Game Burial of 1983'. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to their ET video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. For decades, the myth of Atari and these 'ET' cartridges was whispered about among game fans everywhere. Director Zak Penn and his team head to the landfill where the videogames were supposedly buried to determine whether the story has merit.
Technology is evolving from an external tool we wield when needed to an always-there presence that is with us, on us, even inside of us. But are these new devices and technologies changing who we are? Are they making us better? As we become more and more wired, are we becoming digital devices ourselves? (S.1 Ep.2) (class. tba)
This program exposes people who have risked everything for the promise of a life so far only experienced on a computer screen and in their fantasies. Discover what happens when the real world and the virtual world collide.
The internet is changing everything - providing a voice to the voiceless, undercutting power, but also, perhaps, creating new means of control. In this episode, we look at the forces of change that are pushing back against authority - their possibilities, and their limitations. (S.1 Ep.8)
We all project images of ourselves online - the way we are, the way we want to be. What drives us all to create online stories about ourselves? What temptations exist to embellish, to express ourselves the way we do and what are the dark implications? (S.1 Ep.7)
The internet enables us to connect with people, images, videos, and information in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago. But with every click, keystroke, and view, we are re-wiring the very physical structure of our brains. Are we evolving, or simply feeding our most basic desires?
Social networking is the 21st century phenomenon, with millions across the globe using it to keep in touch, make new friends and spark new relationships. But what happens when things go wrong when it exposes users to jealousy, deceit and rage? A growing number of online relationships, it appears, are ending in real-life conflicts. This film highlights a number of disturbing cases, which demonstrate that there is a dark side to social networking, which can end in murder.
SBS VICELAND presents the world premiere of Sex War Robots, an Australian commissioned and produced documentary about the parallel developments in the industries of sex and war, narrated by The Feed's Marc Fennell, Jeannette Francis and Patrick Abboud. According to some, human evolution is due for a reboot and soon enough it will be here. Spearheading towards a future built upon a new kind of civilisation, a robot-human world is rapidly on its way to becoming reality. Combined with biology and technology, those two enduring forces, sex and war, are set up to shape our evolutionary path in the most distorted way that human history have ever seen.
One man's soul searching decision on whether or not he should join Facebook sets him off on an epic journey of self-discovery as he weighs the pros and cons of becoming a member of the world's largest social network.
The internet promises us escape from our offline reality. We can go places we never thought possible, reach people we never knew and express ourselves as never before. But can all this virtual freedom lead to a deeper confinement? As we sit in our homes, surrounded by screens, are we free and safe?
Fans loved it, Metallica and Dr Dre vowed to destroy it, and after three years plundering the catalogues of the music behemoths, Napster was bankrupt. But the story of the toll it took can only be told now. Napster's rocketing rise to global fame and its spectacular crash in the largest corporate lawsuit in history is chronicled in this insightful and fascinating documentary. Featuring past and present interviews with Fanning and Parker, as well as musicians Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, Beastie Boy Mike D and more, we reflect on the media circus surrounding music piracy's bloody birth.
The future is wonderful; the future is terrifying. We should know - we live there. Whether it's on the ground or on the web, this program is travelling the world to uncover the stories that will define what's coming next. In this episode, prosthetics are more advanced and useful than ever, leading to a new frontier of human augmentation.
They run Facebook, Google and Twitter. They are cool, creative and mega-rich. In Europe and the US, they are the new idols of our era, embodying the new models of success. But are the oligarchs of the web really as cool as they seem?
TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon has been targeted by an obsessive tirade of anonymous online abuse. Motivated by his own experience, Richard attempts to hunt down and confront three internet bullies, including his own.