Making Machinima

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I’m still fiddling around with The Movies, and finding it exactly the kind of computer game that appeals to me. I’ve never been much for first-person shooters, and I’ve never been very good at them. I’d much rather see what I can create with a simulation game or one that lets me tell stories (like The Sims 2). I’m still learning the ins and outs of the technical side of The Movies, but I’m finding myself more and more engrossed in the storytelling aspect.

Inspired by the The French Democracy, a machinima retelling of the riots that took place in France recently, I decided to raise my game a bit with something I hinted at in my previous post: a short film depicting what a post peak-oil society might look like it unravels in the face of massive shortages. I’ve called it The End of the Fix.

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I know, I know. I brought up peak oil, but what’s the point in being a blogger if I can’t be a little eccentric on a couple of issues? Go ahead and measure me for a tinfoil cap now, but something about it sounds plausible to me. Finite resource, an economy based almost entirely on that resource, and no signs of developing alternative sources of energy; to me it adds up to a major problem sooner or later, maybe even a looming crash of civilization as we now know it. (Derrick Jensen, a favorite writer and thinker of mine believes a crash is inevitable and maybe even eminent. I’ve already ordered his new book on the post-crash scenario, Endgame: The Collapse of Civilization and the Rebirth of Community, Volume 1.)

Aside from the debate over peak oil — whether it’s real or not, and whether it’s much of a big deal anyway — I’ve always been more interested in what happens after the crash. How does society change? How do people’s lives change? In fact, it was one of the ideas I considered for NaNoWriMo, but set aside in favor of the story I’d been wanting to write for 10 years. The End of Fix gives suggest some ideas I have about a post-peak scenario, and offers a tiny slice of what I imagine life might be like at that moment.

Anyway, I don’t expect it to be a blockbuster, but it’s an interesting way to use storytelling to make political points. I’m already thinking of another one: Fear of a Queer Planet.

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One Response to Making Machinima

  1. Terrance says:

    On an interesting side note, I’ve discovered by delving into online forums for the game that people have pretty strong opinions about whether or not to use cheat codes or mods; particularly strong feelings that people shouldn’t use cheat codes or mods.

    I guess you can find forms of fundamentalism just about everywhere.

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