Deviation, the best Machinima yet
Machinima, if you don't know, is the term given to movies (or cinema) made on computers (machines), put them together and what do you have? Cinechines...no, ermmm, Machemas....oh no....ermmm...okay, Machinima.
Machinima is starting to get some serious respect, not only did we see some recently regarding the French riots, but there's a complete fantasy movie being made online (link when I find it again) all in a virtual world. Tribeca Film Festival has even shown one as part of its Tropfest line up this year.
Deviation (yes it has an IMDB listing) is a short film that is actually quite different from other Machinima I've seen. Rather than use the computer world as an enfivironment to replicate that of the real world for a movie, they've looked inward and used the computer world to reflect its own tale.
Macintyre, an online-game character and member of a four-man counter-terrorist squad, attempts to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence.
It's quite amazing to realise that all the characters are actually real, controlled by a real player, and that they've used a game to make this movie.
Seriously, you should take a look at the short film which has humour and pathos in equal measure. Only thing is I had watched it online and now can't find where it was - post if you find it.