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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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Machinima as Media

Machinima as Media

(p.113) 7 Machinima as Media
The Machinima Reader

Michael Nitsche

The MIT Press

Using performance studies as a starting point, this chapter presents a definition of machinima as a media format: machinima is digital performance that controls procedurally animated moving images. Machinima is part of a larger media movement that grew out of the digital revolution. This revolution does not stop at the home video, the game engine, or the TV screen but instead it is part of a redefinition of the moving image as such. The specific importance of machinima might be that it shines a new and focused light on how the revolution unfolds before our eyes. It offers a preliminary window into the future of customized moving images and provides a haven for the ideal of interactive cinema as long as it supports its own media specifics.

Keywords:   media format, machinima, moving image culture, digital performance, digital revolution

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