I am a
dyed-in-the-wool, card-carrying geek of long-standing and I am going to prove
it to you. I play games on the PC, which is not all that geek by itself.
However, one of my favorite genres of computer games is the massively multiplayer
online role playing game, also known by the acronym MMORPG, which isn't really
more efficient or easier to pronounce.
and or beta tested games ranging from Everquest to Asheron's Call to Dark Age
of Camelot. Most recently I have been adventuring in the World of Warcraft with
about 4 million other people around the world. Besides the normal RPG activity
of fighting and leveling your character there is a small group of dedicated
individuals who record a visual record of their exploits, edit that "footage"and make a movie out of it.
some of the movies are actually pretty good, exhibiting real talent. The twist
is that the movies are not about the game; the game is just the conduit for the
visual. I don't think these movies will win Oscars in the near future, but
there is something appealing about individuals using sophisticated animation
that they can control as they play the game to make what are essentially
independent short films.
It is just
another instance of creative individuals finding ways to express themselves
using technology in a manner it was not originally designed for. I've included
a few links to some of my favorite movies made in this manner. Keep in mind
that the majority of the visuals were taken from actual game play. Sometimes the
movements don't quite fit with the scene, but you'll get the general idea.
of Warcraft Rise of the Living Dead Episode I
of Warcraft Rise of the Living Dead Episode II
of Warcraft Lost Movie
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.