S4 E104 Starfield: Let's Talk Machinima & The Mantis Teaser (Nov 2023)

Damien's picks this week take a look at two of the first Starfield machinimas by @TheKShow and @Mod81Gameworld respectively. The first is a 'tell and show' with a neat cinematic demo invoking Starship Troopers, and the second is a slightly more original lore-based teaser for an upcoming series called The Mantis. We begin this episode with an update on Star Citizen’s new spin off game, Squadron 42, which is now ‘feature complete’ and their launch of a new contest which can be entered on TikTok, leading Tracy to speculate on their strategic response to the release of Starfield! Ricky highlight’s a recent important update to Second Life’s render system which has important implications for machinima creators. 

1:06 Star Citizen and Squadron 42 updates 
4:00 Day of the Vara 2953 Star Citizen contest
5:42 Second Life’s new PBR rendering system
11:14 Film reviews: the first is an overview of the potential for machinima in Starfield, including a cinematic screen test in the style of Starship Troopers, and the second uses a side story in the game to tease a series based on the Mantis lore and character
18:22 Tracy explores the impacts of Starfield on the Star Citizen community of machinima creators 
20:50 Our discussion returns to Barely Not Monkey’s Adrift and some of the challenges faced when creating game-based machinima
27:46 Reflection on the quality of the writing in The Mantis and Phil’s copyright free creative ideas service for our audience
31:34 We are machinima experts – Ricky says, so it must be true!
#starfield #machinima 

Credits - 
Speakers: Ricky Grove, Phil Rice, Damien Valentine, Tracy Harwood 
Producer: Ricky Grove 
Editor: Damien Valentine 
Music: Anno Domini Beats
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