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Machinima are movies made with video game assets. The word is supposed to be a portmanteau of "Machine" and "Cinema", but the guy who coined the term, Hugh Hancock, misspelled it. Since Hancock 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.

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Some common plots include:

Machinima are almost always Web Originals, but they have even appeared on television in some form. For example, several scenes from the Make Love, Not Warcraft episode of South Park were filmed in World of Warcraft. In the past, there were hubs like Gorilla Gong that made it easy to find quality machinima to watch. Machinima.com used to be the go-to place for machinima, but has since gone on to become a more standard YouTube entertainment network, even branching out their focus that of comic books and fandom. A complete history of the medium can be found at The Other Wiki.

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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.


Examples:

    Halo Machinima 

    Super Smash Bros. Machinima 

Non-Video Game Examples:


Alternative Title(s): Machinima Tropes

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