The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have chosen 'podcast' as the word of the year.
I bet next year they'll choose 'vlog'. We'll see.
Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or "machine" "animation") is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre (film created by such production techniques).
As a production technique, the term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using low-end 3D engines (as opposed to high-end and complex 3D engines used by professionals) in video games (typically, engines in first person shooters games have been used). Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines using huge render farms.
I won't be at the festival, but I'm getting more and more interested in video in general and especially in machinima, so I'll probably create some films myself eventually.
The annual report from usability expert Jakob Nielsen:
I agree with all of them, especially number 3 (Flash). I'm starting to like most of the AJAX sites popping up around me, but I have yet to find a Flash site which I really like.
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