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Machinima in free games?

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Well, I'm working on a project which is all about machinima (movies made inside video games). It's not specific to freedomware, but if it takes of my intention is to use the buzz I hope it will generate to also boost the idea of using freedomware games to make machinima (and to possibly also publish them with less restrictive terms).

As part of announcing the new site I will be attempting to make a machinima with a freedomware game myself, namely using Tremulous. And I thought I'd ask if anyone else heard of or saw movies made inside FOSS games? I search for some related to popular games like tremulous and nexuiz, but so far didn't find many. But then there may be some here who know many more games (including some older classics) which MAY have been used to make a movie or two as well..

So feel free to share. Smiling

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Are you talking about

Are you talking about something like Red vs. Blue?

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Wow that was fast. Yeah,

Wow that was fast. Laughing out loud

Yeah, actually, that'd be it. Red vs. Blue is apparently a machinima made in Halo which is a proprietary game though.

Tremulous seems like it has potential for machinima mostly judging from flexibility of body movement of its characters. Nexuiz would work too, but it doesn't seem as flexible.. but there are other games I'm not thinking of at the moment and somebody might have been making movies in them...

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Actually, yeah, I have a

Actually, yeah, I have a few ideas. The IPTV show Pure Pwnage did a parody of Red vs. Blue in the opening of episode 4 called Purple vs Pink which they used Command and Conquer: Zero Hour. What about using a game like Glest or Spring or Bos Wars? Some RTS. or, better yet, Battle for Wesnoth.

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I'll have to check Purple

I'll have to check Purple vs Pink then. Smiling

I don't know about Spring, but Glest, Bos Wars and Battle for Wesnoth sound like good candidates... though those are more top down so there are some limitations there..

I was just curious about any machinima that was already made in free games, though at some point I might try making some myself as part of promotion for my site.

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Unfortunately, I don't

Unfortunately, I don't think you are going to find that many, if any at all, that are made with freeware games, mainly because most of the "gamers" aren't gonna know what game is being shown or they won't really get it because it's unfamiliar to them.

However, I do think that if a really good one was made, that would be a great form of advertising freeware games (since that is the biggest thing that is lacking with the adoption of freeware games to begin with).

Good luck.

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Hopefully. Thanks.
sakuramboo wrote:

Unfortunately, I don't think you are going to find that many, if any at all, that are made with freeware games, mainly because most of the "gamers" aren't gonna know what game is being shown or they won't really get it because it's unfamiliar to them.

Actually I'd kinda consider that an advantage. Not recognizing which game was the movie made in makes it all the more "new" and unique. And if anyone becomes interested in finding out what the game is, that'd help promote that game. Smiling

sakuramboo wrote:

However, I do think that if a really good one was made, that would be a great form of advertising freeware games (since that is the biggest thing that is lacking with the adoption of freeware games to begin with).

Good luck.

That's for sure, though I wouldn't count myself in for that just yet.. I'm making a site for linking, voting and reviewing machinima, but I'm no machinimator and this announcement video would be my first simplistic attempt, to make the announcement a little more special than just a standard text-based thing. But then again, I wouldn't write off trying to make more in the future so who knows... But in any case I'll be talking and occasionally writing about it on the new site (IF it takes off, because I have to justify the time/money investment somehow) so hopefully that will encourage more people to try doing it as well. And then there's also a new Freedomware Gamefest Reloaded project I'm thinking about which is going to continue promoting freedomware gaming, but more on that at another time. Smiling

Thanks.

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Splinter Cell: Agents Bob

Splinter Cell: Agents Bob and Steve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp9O6FvyD0U

Not a FOSS game, but just one more example. ^^

And of course there's WoW and Halflife 2...

I have no idea how machinima is even made, but some of them are fun to watch.

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You just use something like

You just use something like recordmydesktop or Istanbul or xvidcap. Record a bunch of videos and edit them with Kino or Cinelerra, get the voice recordings with Audacity, sync up the audio and video and export as a video.

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Yep that's the idea, though

Yep that's the idea, though it can be a pain because screencasting and playing out a game slows it down considerably. The way I was doing it before (for the gamefest) was to first record a demo and then play it later in lower resolution and screencasting only that window. That makes it faster, or at least bearable.

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