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FTC Takes Action on “Deceptive” Xbox One YouTube Marketing Campaign/Actual Video Games Ethics Breach

As opposed to all the imaginary ones.

Just because some people use it as a cover for harassment doesn't mean ethically shady things don't happen in video games journalism, and the FTC isn't having it. They're not please with how Machinima paid for positive Xbox One coverage, and they're doing something about it.

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Greg Berlanti Says It’s “Well Past” Time For A Supergirl Show; Bruce Timm Working On Gritty Justice League Series

Consider us super-pumped.

"We're well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV. I've gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they're grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there's a need."

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Machinima’s The Gable 5 Takes a Violent Look at a World Without War

Eliza Dushku sure kicks a lot of ass in under ten minutes.

Machinima just released their new short film The Gable 5 which was directed and co-written by Mortal Kombat Legacy creator Kevin Tancharoen. It's a sci-fi/action scene that sets up the opportunity for Eliza Dushku to kick a lot of ass -- something she does very well.

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Arrrrrre You Watching The First Episode Of Starz’s Pirate Show Black Sails On Machinima Right Now?

Yarrrr, I'll sweep your poop deck!

Machinima has debuted the premiere of the new Starz show, Black Sails, today - a week before the show starts on TV! So if you like your Pirate Booty manly (and who doesn't), go ahead and check out the hour-and-a-bit long first episode of the Michael Bay-produced arrrrrr-dventure.

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Watch the First Episode of Black Sails a Week Before it Airs on Starz

This seems more like how pirates actually behaved.

Starz heard you kids like pirates, so they're making the pirate series Black Sails. The show premieres January 25th, but if you can't wait that long, you'll be able to watch the first episode a week early on January 18th, thanks to our friends at Machinima. For now though, you can at least check out the trailer.

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Watch Next-Generation Consoles Battle It out as Giant Robots to Decide the Console War [Video]

Can we settle the actual console war this way to make the fanboys stop whining?

In this surprisingly accurate video (the PlayStation 4 is the first on the scene, the Xbox One can't compete without Master Chief's help, and the Wii U is an adorable little plaything), Machinima sums up the console war with giant robots trying to blow each other up. Really, if you want to explain something to us, that's probably the best method.

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Watch an Awesome Live Action Recreation of the Dead Island Trailer [Video]

Most video game trailers would look silly recreated in real life, but this is a notable exception.

The Dead Island trailer was pretty much the best video game trailer ever made, because it wasn't so much a trailer as it was a very short, computer generated zombie movie that was better than a lot of full-length zombie movies. Watch Machinima's amazing live action version, but be prepared to feel things, unless you are dead inside. Or a zombie.

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Half-Life Fan Film Raise the Bar Just Went Live

Just the incredibly graphic story of a man and his crowbar.

The humble crowbar is an iconic weapon in Half-Life, but what's the story behind that particular crowbar, and how did Gordon Freeman get his hands on it? This fan film by Joe Miale just released on Machinima has the answer, and a whole lot of dead scientists. Take a look.

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We Recap the Second Half of Season Two of Mortal Kombat Legacy

Well we certainly didn't see that fatality coming.

Season two of Mortal Kombat Legacy came out yesterday, and we quickly burned through the first five episodes. Today we watched the rest of the season, and it's incredible. Let's take a look at what happens in episodes six through ten.

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Mortal Kombat Legacy Season Two Just Hit the Web and We’ve Got All the Episodes Right Here


Happy Mortal Kombat Legacy Day everyone! We're not sure if that's a real holiday, but we think it should be. We're real excited to watch the rest of season two. We got an early look at the first three episodes, and that's right where things get good, so we can't wait for the rest. All the episodes are live right now, so we won't have to.

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We Spoke With Mortal Kombat Legacy Director Kevin Tancharoen About Season Two

Ready... Interview!

Season two of the Machinima series Mortal Kombat Legacy kicks off tomorrow, and we're pretty pumped about it. So much so that we spoke with its director Kevin Tancharoen about the series, and a lot about fatalities, because Tancharoen assures us -- there will be fatalities.

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Assassin’s Creed: Checkmate Imagines Edward Kenway As A Guy Ritchie Protagonist [Video]

If only time actually worked like that. We would all be way less awkward as people.

Hands down, the best parts of all the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies is when Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes has to decide the best way to kick somebody's teeth in using hyper-fast mental calculations -- which sounds like a trick that a member of the Assassins would totally know how to do. So Machinima gave us Connor Kenway doing just that.

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This Trailer for Mortal Kombat Legacy II Looks All Kinds Of Badass [Video]

As we all know, there are dozens of different bad-ass varieties. This is all of those.

Remember Mortal Kombat Legacy, the awesome web series created after that fake (but ridiculously amazing) movie trailer for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth went viral? Well, good news! You're getting more! The second season is dropping in its entirety of September 26th, and the trailer is veeery exciting.

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Try Not to Get Nauseous Watching First Person Sonic The Hedgehog [Video]

So would Tails' POV be kinda like Google Earth in comparison?

It seems like all the biggest games that come out right now are all designed to be in the first person. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to the time of side-scrollers? Or, you know, take those side-scrollers we all loved as kids and update them in the most dizzy-inducing way possible? Because that's what Filipe Costa did. It's like virtual those roller coaster videos, but better!

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Official Full-Length Trailer for Forward Unto Dawn Drops

In case you weren't already aware, the good folks over at Machinima will be distributing a live-action Halo 4 web series called Forward Unto Dawn later this year. And the official full-length trailer was just debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. The best part? We only have to wait until October 5th to start viewing the series. Feel free to commence drooling at any time whilst watching.

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Angry Birds Movie Trailer is as Fake as it is Awesome

So here's the part where everyone says "Wow! I'd totally watch that movie!" but I won't because there are plenty of good, real movies I never get around to. That being said, this fake Angry Birds movie trailer is amazingly well realized. Trying to translate that game into anything with any semblance of story seems impossible, but the guys at Machinima and The Quarter Bin managed to come up with something halfway coherent and more bizarrely, halfway faithful to the game. Jolly good show. The impossibly-fake-movie trailer trend is getting just a little tired, but this is definitely good enough to get a pass.

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Vimeo's Weird Terms of Service Prohibit Gameplay Videos Unless Users Pay $200 a Year

It looks as if Vimeo is cracking down on gameplay videos, in what seems like an odd move for the service. In carving out a niche for itself in a world that is dominated by streaming giant YouTube, Vimeo has taken some interesting approaches to video hosting. You can't repost a video you found on the Internet or elsewhere, the rules regarding non-sexual nudity and nudity for artistic expression are more lax, and there is an increased focus on video ownership. Vimeo does not like gameplay videos, though.

The Vimeo Upload Guidelines definitely do say that gameplay videos are not allowed, although game developers are allowed to post progress videos, and machinima is acceptable if there is sufficient story involved. While this apparently hasn't been a problem before, it looks like Vimeo is starting to crack down. However, there is a course of action for Vimeo users with gameplay videos who don't want to migrate to YouTube: Pony up for $200 for a year of Vimeo PRO. That's where things get a little weird.

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World of Warcraft: Global Warming

A word to the wise: in the real world, climate change means severe weather patterns, drought, floods, and other nasty stuff. In an MMO, it just means new content! Woo! (via WoW Insider.)

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But Will It Run Rickroll? Crysis Editor Used to Remake “Never Gonna Give You Up”

What begins as an amusing video of Raptor Team operative Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes dancing in the Crysis sandbox editor to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" becomes a horrifying, full-length music video, complete with synchronized lip movements, lit up bartender scene, and glowing nanosuit. Well done, VeliPetter. Just give thanks you weren't Crysis Roll'D. We seriously considered doing it. See the video at your own peril after the break.

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Real Life ≠ Video Games, Exhibit F: GTA-Style Third-Person Driving is a Bad Idea

Red vs. Blue masterminds Rooster Teeth do a lot of stuff with machinima -- enacting real-life scripts with machinima -- but in a pilot for their new show "Immersion," they switch things up: by driving a real-life car in the third-person style popular among racing games and Grand Theft Auto-style action games. The driver inside the car has his windows covered up, forcing him to use a monitor hooked up to an external camera.

While it's good fun to watch and must have been good fun to create, it's a little scary how badly it goes from a 'not hitting things' perspective:

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