Machinima: Video Game As An Art Form?


  • Martin Picard


This paper examines the new audiovisual form emerging from the video game field, Machinima. Machinima is the “art of making animated movies in a 3D virtual environment in real time” (Marino, 2004, p. 2). More simply, it means making films from video games. Studying this new hybrid form, this communication seeks to investigate the present and the future of these practices, which aspire to become a medium itself. After the exploration of the characteristics of this new technology, I will investigate its consequences on the video game industry, demonstrating how video games are used in new ways, i.e. not as a playing hobby but as a technology for producing audio-visual art, animated films to be more exact.