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Machinima are movies made with images from game engines. The word is supposed to be a Portmanteau of "Machine" and "Cinema", but the guy who coined the term misspelled it. Since he misspelled it while coding machinima.com, the term stuck.
Since Machinima is a form of scripted video narrative, it could employ any of the Tropes from the main list, and there are also tropes specific to the medium. From a scriptwriting perspective, the technological limitations on the action are the only difference from other media.
Some common plots include
- "OMG, we're actually characters in a video game": Characters become self-aware and start assaulting the Fourth Wall with a big hammer.
- "But these are FUNNY Marines!": Red vs. Blue spawned a thousand wise-cracking faceless troopers.
- "Evil hackers are infiltrating the server!": Smashtasm spawned a thousand Super Smash Bros players fighting against the forces of digital evil.
- Affectionate Parody of the game being used.
When Machinimators cannot muster enough horsepower (or bandwidth) to make video, and decide to turn their Machinima works into webcomics instead, see Machinomics.
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