Perfect World: A Deadly Game is a real crime documentary a couple of group of avid gamers that helped catch a assassin by way of an MMO and Discord in 2019. The 2-part present on Peacock Premium is not bursting with cliche—there is no conflation of videogame violence with actual life violence or anybody explaining what videogames even are—however there’s not a lot else happening both.
The mini sequence focuses on a bunch of mates that performed on a non-public server primarily based on the Chinese language MMO Good World. Like loads of area of interest gaming communities now, all of them used Discord as a spot to talk day-after-day exterior the sport. One of many members, who makes use of the deal with “Menhaz”, was a frequent troll that no one took that significantly till he posted a number of images of lifeless our bodies and claimed they had been his members of the family. The present tells the pretty haunting story of a bunch of avid gamers rapidly realizing that one in every of their mates was a mass assassin and their race to attempt to establish him.
Like loads of true crime documentaries, Good World: A Lethal Recreation is a reasonably easy two hours. It is all speaking heads telling the story, interspersed with varied pictures of Discord messages, MMO characters, motherboards, and cityscapes. There’s nothing right here that makes a compelling argument for this to be a documentary slightly than an article or a podcast. It is not significantly concerned about unpacking the failures of the legal justice system when it got here to the preliminary try at reporting the crime, neither is it concerned about a wider assertion concerning the methods psychological well being typically intersects with individuals who middle their lives round harassing others. It is merely a couple of group of people that witnessed one thing horrible and used on-line instruments like reverse picture searches and IP addresses to find a assassin.
It does not deal with the sport a part of it as a novelty, however as a substitute because the background for the form of on-line experience that they needed to make use of to attempt to establish the assassin. In a single half, after killing his second sufferer, Menhaz logged again into the sport and the group rushed to attempt to get his IP handle with the intention to name the native police. The present provides a literal ticking clock to those occasions to attempt to heighten the drama (together with a number of dramatic sound hits) however the story itself is gripping sufficient by itself. That is so far as it goes to attempt to gamify the very actual and really disturbing killings that occur although. In any other case, the subject material is handled with the extent of respect you’d count on out of an already fraught genre of tv.
There’s nothing right here that screams ‘gamer’, and that is in all probability for one of the best. When you’re like me and have principally on-line mates you chat with via Discord, the depiction of the social dynamics at work is fairly correct. It actually could be onerous to imagine somebody posting an image of a lifeless physique on a public server would truly be a assassin and never somebody who flips via 4chan all day attempting to get an increase out of individuals. It is screwed up when you concentrate on it—which is nearly as deep as Good World: A Lethal Recreation needs you to go.