"You ever wonder why we're here?"
Simmons, Red vs. Blue

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, 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

Machinimas are almost always Web Originals, though they have appeared on television here and there. Hubs like YouTube,, and Gorilla Gong make it easy to find quality machinima to watch.

When Machinimators cannot muster enough horsepower (or bandwidth) to make video, and decide to turn their Machinima works into webcomics instead, see Machinomics.

See also RPG Episode, when this is done for the sake of Something Completely Different.


Non-Video Game Examples:

Alternative Title(s): Machinima Explanation, Machinima Tropes