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The Machinima Reader [Hardcover]

Henry Lowood , Michael Nitsche
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15 July 2011
Over the last decade, machinima--the use of computer game engines to create movies--has emerged as a vibrant area in digital culture. Machinima as a filmmaking tool grew from the bottom up, driven by enthusiasts who taught themselves to deploy technologies from computer games to create animated films quickly and cheaply. The Machinima Reader is the first critical overview of this rapidly developing field. The contributors include both academics and artist-practitioners. They explore machinima from multiple perspectives, ranging from technical aspects of machinima, from real-time production to machinima as a performative and cinematic medium, while paying close attention to the legal, cultural, and pedagogical contexts for machinima. The Machinima Reader extends critical debates originating within the machinima community to a wider audience and provides a foundation for scholarly work from a variety of disciplines.This is the first book to chart the emergence of machinima as a game-based cultural production that spans technologies and media, forming new communities of practice on its way to a history, an aesthetic, and a market.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262015331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262015332
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The essays are well written and thought provoking, and the uniqueness of the content ensures that many of these pieces will help form the foundation of scholarship on this rapidly growing field...Highly Recommended." -- B.H. McMillin, CHOICE

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Henry Lowood is Curator for History of Science and Technology Collections and Film and Media Collections in the Stanford University Libraries. Michael Nitsche is Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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An anthology of different articles and journals collated by the editors (who also contribute with their own work), this is the single most important piece of collated works on the subject. I used this to write my dissertation with for a Video Game Development Course, it gave wonderful sources for citation and a multitude of subjects to cover during my writing. I recommend Paul Marino's book as well as this one for a combined reading that inquires and explores a quite controversial topic that has exploded in popularity on YouTube with "Let's Play" videos in recent years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first scholarly examinations of machinima 5 July 2013
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A must-read for any theorist of machinima. Brilliant essays by leading scholars in a brand new field (such as Friedrich Kirschner, Jeffrey Bardzel, Henry Lowood and Matt Kelland), and blessedly NOT a how-to book on making machinima. This will be a landmark book in the history of a rapidly developing film art.
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