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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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Video Capture: Machinima, Documentation, and the History of Virtual Worlds

Video Capture: Machinima, Documentation, and the History of Virtual Worlds

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(p.3) 1 Video Capture: Machinima, Documentation, and the History of Virtual Worlds
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The Machinima Reader
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Henry Lowood

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015332.003.0002

This chapter argues that the three primary methods for making machinima during its brief history—code, capture, and compositing—match up neatly with three ways to document the history of virtual worlds—replay, POV recording, and asset extraction. These linkages are provocative for thinking about what we can do to save and preserve the history of virtual worlds in their early days. They also suggest how we might begin to think about machinima as a documentary medium.

Keywords:   machinima, virtual world history, code, capture, compositing, replay, POV recording, asset extraction

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