machinima

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From Blend of machine and cinema.

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machinima (plural machinimas or machinima)

  1. (video games, film) The rendering of computer-generated imagery using low-end (real time) 3D engines such as those found in video games, as opposed to the high-end, complex 3D engines used by professionals.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 135:
      Fiona's been off at some kind of anime camp in New Jersey – Quake movies and machinima workshops, Japanese staff who claim not to know a word of English beyond ‘awesome’ and ‘sucks’, which for a vast range of human endeavor, actually, is more than enough…
  2. (video games, film) The genre of films created by such techniques.

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