It's Your Game

It's Your Game

JR Sutich | 2 Aug 2005 12:09
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What would give the RIAA the ability to legitimately send a cease and desist? MTV, of course. MTV, in yet another effort to take something hip, new and underground, and simplify and mass-market it as "The Next Big Thing," has started its own machinima program, called Video Mods. Now that the "game footage + hit song = record

[/break]company profits" equation has been set up, it's arguable that Fair Use no longer applies to the independent creators remixing pop tunes into game movies.

I, for one, welcome our new RIAA overlords - for two reasons. First, it will reduce the number of just-plain-crappy videos that people are trying to pass off as machinima. (Please listen closely, hedsh0tsnyper666: No one cares about your six minute epic film where you stay stealthed and "wtfpwn noobs" while Korn or Slipknot loops in the background.) Second, often the best way to get something legitimized is to have it come under such intense scrutiny that it becomes regulated. If machinima can survive a process of legitimization, perhaps someday there will be a "Best animated short film using a 3D Videogame Engine" category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual award ceremony.

I've got my list of nominees handy:

The above are just some of the short films that I recommend for viewing. Yes, I included MTV. Even though they are scourge of all that is independent and sacred, they do have a huge production budget for machinima, and it shows. You can only watch them guilt-free if you've already seen all the others.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to finish syncing up my Night Elf's dance movements to "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy.

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