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Can't Take Serious Machinima Serious

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I might be crazy but I really really cannot take a machinima that plays it straight serious. Maybe I'm just biased because I used to make crappy machinima videos as a kid with my friends, but there's just something so jarring about seeing a story being told in a game engine that asks me to give a damn.

 

I don't want to minimize the work that people put into their shows either. I've seen some works come out of the machinima community that on purely a technical level are quite impressive. I have a few friends I've made through online message boards that gave me serious voice over roles in their shows back when I was in high school, so mad respect. Am I the only one, who is not an outsider to machinima, that feels this way?

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I have yet to see any machinimas that do this... Mind linking to a few for reference?

Don't insult me. I have trained professionals to do that.

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Yeah I actually agree with this. Most "serious" SFM projects are really bad.

 

This video:

 

 

Pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.

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Well... I never watched any machinima beyond Freeman's Mind, but I think I know how you feel based on my experience with other forms of medium that are not machinima.

 

I think the main problem is that many machinima/SFM creators are mainly animators, not writers. And many amateur writers have a nasty habit of thinking that melodrama is the only kind of drama. (Also being incredibly tone deaf)

 

Fun fact that is kind of related to the topic: Hunt Down the Freeman was going to be just one of those "serious" machinimas. (and I think it should have stayed that way)

Edited by Kaiosama TLJ (see edit history)

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