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    FreePixel looks at video games as part of the moving image culture. Games are not movies. But games use moving image tradition in their presentation. That is why FreePixel offers a critical look at games and their expressive qualities that grow from the use of the moving image.


    [July 13th, 2012]

    Silent treasures

    Posted by Michael

    Being the old fashioned person that I am (meaning: still unclear what I should use Facebook for apart from personal yellow press behavior) – I posted a question to some friends on the status of the Machinima blogosphere.
    The starting point was that in all honesty barely qualifies as a “machinima” blog these days. So who does?
    There is still the Machinifeed and AviewTV is really impressive and active all around. Likewise, The Machinima Artist Guild rolls along.

    But completely independent from that, it was some time ago that I looked at the bookmarks of an old browser setting and stumbled over the list of (almost completely) silent classics. Those are some of the past prophets of machinima and early pioneers. So I thought it might be useful to start digging here. Instead of looking for current blogs I wanted to find the “lost ones.”

    For starters:
    Thinking Machinima – Paul Marino’s former world
    Myndflame – if you have ever seen Illegal Danish, you know who that is
    Phil Overman Rice – without whom we would never know about the restroom etiquette
    Machiniplex – Ricky Grove/ Ingrid Moon/ Phil Rice/ Damian Valentine’s ambitious project; and still a treasure trove of machinima history

    I am sure, there are countless more as there were quite a lot of exciting folks pushing the machinima world. But one has to start somewhere with such a blogostory. Any additions for past sources of wisdom are only welcome.


    Comment from bllius
    Time: July 13, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Long gone days.

    Should have a ‘where are they are now’ series.

    Comment from Ricky Grove
    Time: July 14, 2012, 12:31 am

    Thanks for the mention (Machiniplex). I was thinking that there was a couple really good blogs back then…can’t remember them all though. I think Phil Rice once posted a list of archived sites. If I come up with anything I’ll post it here.


    Comment from CD
    Time: July 15, 2012, 3:58 am

    We had/have Friedrich Kirschner Machinimag site:
    And there was the very active site ‘Machinima Premiere’ as well, that is unfortunately no longer online. Don’t know if it is archived somewhere.

    Comment from michael
    Time: July 20, 2012, 4:38 am

    Of course! How could I not include Machinimag – but I am sure I missed quite a few of them. Also: I remember mprem. There are some captures of it over at but it was more of a collection of news, right? Anyway, along to way to look for mprem I also bumped in shattered keyboard by bllius (see above!) and as one of those blogs on machinima that have diversified into all kinds of animation and film topics it represents the “other” direction those blogs took (apart from fading away).

    Comment from Linn
    Time: July 26, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I would LOVE to see/read a “where are they now” series!

    I would like to add dearest Olibith to the list! I always enjoyed the machinima from Olibith, Pink Hair and Baron Soosdon (who I think maybe is working at these days?).

    I’ve not been keeping track of the machinima scene and would love an update!

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