Teaser(s) for Tomorrow [3:24 pm]
As a NYTimes subscriber, I get the Sunday Magazine section in the Saturday paper — there’s a great story in the section tomorrow on “Red v. Blue,” the X-Box based machinima — “The Xbox Auteurs.” As the article points out:
Perhaps the most interesting thing about machinima is that none of its creators are in jail. After all, they’re gleefully plundering intellectual propoerty at a time when the copyright wars have become particularly vicious.
Instead, these guys are so hot that Microsoft not only lets them use images from the game without asking for a licensing fee, but also:
Microsoft has been so strangely solicitous that when it was developing the sequel to Halo last year, the designers actually inserted a special command—a joystick button that makes a soldier lower his weapon—designed solely to make it easier for Rooster Tech to do dialogue.
“If you’re playing the game, there’s no reason to lower your weapon at all,” Burns explained. “They put that in literally just so we can shoot machinima.”
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