On Wenesday, Microsoft and Nintendo both announced that their popular video game consoles would be able to play games written by independent developers. The games would be available via both companyâ€™s online services. The announcement is part of an effort to somehow tap the large enthusiasm for â€œcasual games.â€
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Thereâ€™s a phenomenon sweeping the web. While itâ€™s not new, itâ€™s only now starting to garner real attention. Machinimas, or movies created using in-game footage from todayâ€™s graphically advanced gaming platforms and Web 2.0 social games (like Second Life) are gaining popularity amongst the general public. Machinimas have been around in one form or another since the time of the original Quake videogame from ID Software Studios. But these largely consumer-made mini-cinemas are now starting to show up in the main stream. Remember the Toyota Tacoma/Worlds of Warcraft commercial? That wasnâ€™t a mash up; it was a Machinima.