It's been just over a year and a half since student filmmaker Anthony Rosner released IRL
, a short film documenting the inexorable slide into the throes of a World of Warcraft
fixation that nearly derailed his life
. His tale of falling head first into Azeroth
only to triumphantly fight his way back to a thriving lifestyle and university degree has garnered more than a million views via YouTube, film festivals, TV, and the internet. This month, Rosner has released IRL 2.0: In Moderation
, a retelling of his experience that brings viewers back to the place where it all started: Azeroth –- in more moderate doses.
Rosner's creative light shines more brightly than ever here on the far side of his journey through a hobby that for some players can become a suffocating influence. The skills and experience Rosner acquired in film school sparkle in this more polished presentation. Since WoW
players will be checking out IRL 2.0
this week as it makes the rounds on the internet, we reopened our conversation with Rosner to find out what's changed since we last touched base
and how he and Azeroth have finally managed to come to terms.
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