Serious Games? Why not Serious Machinima?

Several new machinima pieces received at the Machinima Archive have demonstrated that the expressive potential of this new medium is moving beyond game culture. Two recent spotlight items, "An Unfair War" and "Better Life" (the current pick) provide examples. Both express the tragedies and aspirations of human existence, through short pieces made in The Sims 2 and Second Life, respectively. Rob Wright (Robbie Dingo, as he is known in Second Life) also made the remarkably succinct yet evocative "Stage", winner of the best film award in the June 2006 Alt-Zoom festival.