This is the funniest thing I've seen for a while: Voldo, a character from the fighting game Soul Caliber, dancing to Nelly's 'Hot in Herre' in the form of a home-made music video.
"The choreographed moves in this recording are all actual game play; no programming was done." ... "Over a week's worth of full-time training and performance went into this production, which sparked more than one comment of "you need a job" (a phrase I'm not all that unused to hearing)."
There are a couple of different versions of this, but the best is linked below. I particularly like the fact that the start of this is done as one long take - the edits come much later; and that it was performed live.
Of course, no idea can last for long - especially online - that isn't co-opted quickly. MTV now has a show dedicated to music video game animations - Video Mods. Thanks to MTV for being brain-dead and having no Mac support for their videos online, so I can't vouch for their quality. The ones I saw on the broadcast show reminded me of the early days of videos, just filming bands singing, rather than taking advantage of the medium. In this case they had programmed the characters to perform dance moves in the setting of the game; so, no creativity there. And they'd co-opted the game studios to program characters from different games together in the same 'video' and then trumpeted this as some hugely important exclusive. It was interesting for precisely one and half songs. Although the idea is a promising one, even the ever-hypeful presenters couldn't couldn't seen to parlay this wafer thin content up into an entire show, let alone an entire series. Still, there are other interesting machinimations out there. I'll post some more links soon.Posted by ashleyniblock at October 17, 2004 05:35 PM | TrackBack