I am happy to announce the official opening of GameLapse.com, a place where you can share and discover machinima! Please watch the video and/or read the transcript below to see what it's all about!
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A world within a world, a story within a story, that is machinima - cinematic creations, movies, made inside of what we call video games. In here, literally, all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. Although, I don't recall seeing a woman in this little world for a while, just some slimy alien creatures. But I digress.
Being available for everyone to create and experience the machinima universe is expanding. I'm here to introduce you to a new service, GameLapse.com.
It gets its name from that special occurrence, a moment in which a game becomes more than it was, more than just a game. In a sense this occurrence is like a creative error, a lapse, using the game the way it was not meant to be used. I sure as hell wasn't meant to stand here making speeches. I'm supposed to be shooting those slimy creatures I mentioned, but ehm.. the lapse has occurred and some strange force made me do this, and it wants me to continue.
GameLapse.com is a place where you can share, discover, vote and review machinima movies. Based on your votes and reviews GameLapse.com generates charts, a top machinima chart based on popularity votes (up and down widgets) and top reviewed machinima chart based on quality ratings given by the reviewers. Every contribution may be rewarded thanks to the onboard karma system. You submit a new movie and you get one point. Someone votes positively on it and you get another one. If you post a review of a movie and someone votes positively on your review, you get 3 points as a way of encouraging quality reviews. You can read more about it here and in the FAQ.
The hope is to make this a hub of machinima published all over the web, a place where good machinima can be found, where everyone curious can quickly get a scoop on what is hot, what is reviewed as good and then also be able to submit newly discovered machinima and vote to help add to the whole process. And it's a boon for machinima makers as they have another place to promote their machinima in a quick and easy way.
So welcome, and please stick around!
Note that the site is marked as in "beta" mode so long as it hasn't been thoroughly used and tested by a big number of users. Based on your feedback and experiences GameLapse.com may continue to be fine tuned and improved.
We are also gonna have a prize contest soon! Stay tuned!
Look here for an overview of sites where you can find machinima to watch or download and submit to GameLapse: Machinima sites overview - where to watch.