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The Machinima Reader$
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Henry Lowood and Michael Nitsche

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015332

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015332.001.0001

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Arrested Development: Why Machinima Can’t (or Shouldn’t) Grow Up

Arrested Development: Why Machinima Can’t (or Shouldn’t) Grow Up

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The Machinima Reader
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Katie Salen

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015332.003.0004

This chapter focuses on how machinima remains limited in its reach towards professional film production. It considers the history of machinima as a series of many possible subhistories, and also as an account of a medium partly responsible for the rise of an attitude toward digital media and creative production born out of the DNA of games. This attitude may be called a gaming attitude—an attitude tied directly to the creative qualities of play. The chapter also explores machinima’s contributions to a larger discourse around gaming as a subversive and participatory literacy, and how the play community’ opened up to the lifestyle of the rest of digital culture.

Keywords:   machinima, film production, subhistory, gaming attitude, play community, digital culture

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