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Giuoco Terapia (aka Lame Therapy) is a 40–minute film made in 2016 by Italian Internet comics RedeZ and Synergo, aka Quei Due Sul Server (“Those Two on the Server”). It is a parody of a different Italian movie, Game Therapy, known for being incredibly bad (think the Italian Pixels starring the Italian PewDiePie).

The plot is as follows: Michele and Matteo, usually known by their nicknames Miché and Teo, are two supposedly 16–year–old gamers who spend their days playing Call Of Duty. Teo’s life isn’t going well: He is being taken advantage of by a girl he has a crush on and constantly beaten up by a gang of bullies. One day, Miché invites him to try a full–immersion video game he developed, but things go awry when it turns that the only way to leave the game is to beat it — and Teo only has seven lives.

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An upload of the film with English subtitle can be found here.


Giuoco Terapia contains examples of:

  • Deep-Immersion Gaming
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Miché explains what happens if Teo runs out of lives:
    Miché: In that case, your consciousness will be… deleted. But it’s not like you die! It’s more like you go into a coma… like, forever.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Teo.
  • Enforced Plug: The film parodies the original’s blatant shilling for supermarket Carrefour by constantly advertising competing chain Eurospin.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The soldiers in the game.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Teo uses this method to get a hostage who got stuck in a tree to move.
  • Techno Babble: When Miché explains that what they are about to do is illegal, and how they are going to conceal it:
    Miché: You see, my game needs a lot of memory. We’re talking about preloading over 500 terabytes of data. Dumping it all on one server would leave traces in the tail domain, and render the code vulnerable, so I’ll log into the hotel net, but not the Wi–Fi net. Too risky. I’ll log into the circuit of the time cards. They’re punched every six hours with a deviation of five minutes and 16 seconds. This creates an ultradynamic IP. Even a hacker operating on a low level won’t see it in the net’s upper layers.
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  • Win to Exit

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