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    Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds

    Posted by Erik

    Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds volume 2 issue 3 now introduce a section of machinima reviews and it looks like it will become a regular feature. In this issue the Machinima Reviews Editor, Phylis Johnson, gives a quick overview of differing definitions of Machinima (and yes Michael features) and then there are 3 machinima […]

    call for book chapters: Game Mod Design Theory and Criticism

    Posted by Erik

    This will be both a practical and reflective book on game-mods, designing, playing and evaluating the quality, success and effectiveness of game engines for modding, individual game mod levels, related tools and techniques, and the social and cultural issues related to the design and use of game mods. The type of book chapter content I […]

    Biofed cinematics

    Posted by Erik

    At DiGRA 2007 I presented Andrew Dekker’s honor thesis on biofeedback that changed the atmosphere of a game in real-time. Unfortunately I did not have a full demo video and Michael has often reminded me of this. But last week Andrew reconnected the Wild Divine sensors et al to Ravenholm a Half Life 2 zombie […]

    Stolen Life

    Posted by fiezi

    I recently had the chance to have a look at the final version of Nanoflix’s “Stolen Life”, a professionally produced feature length machinima movie. For those of you who don’t know about the film and its makers, you can visit the Peter Rasmussen’s blog here and also the official movie website here. The movie was […]

    The 2007 ACMI Machinima Festival

    Posted by fiezi

    A couple of weeks ago, i had the pleasure to be invited to Australia to give a presentation at the 2007 Machinima Festival at the Australian Center for the Moving Image. The two day event showed and discussed machinima with contributions from Paul Marino, Eddo Stern and Jessica Hutchins, Peter Rasmussen and Jacqueline Turnure, Gus […]

    Time for a French School of Machinima?

    Posted by Michael

    What is it with the French? First Alex Chan’s The French Democracy and now KBS Production’s Bill et John. Does it actually pay off to have a national cinema and defend it as a cultural treasure – even in Machinima? So far, Machinima had the flair of the global player. Hearing Hugh Hancock at the […]