Machinima’s a new form of filmmaking that uses computer games technology to shoot films in the virtual reality of a game engine. Rather than picking up expensive camera equipment, or spending months painstakingly tweaking even more expensive 3D packages, Machinima creators act out their movies within a computer game. Machinima treats the viewpoint the game gives them as a camera – “Shooting Film in a Virtual Reality”.
You don’t need any special equipment to make Machinima movies. In fact, if you’ve got a computer capable of playing The Sims 2, Half-Life 2, Unreal Tournament 2004 or even Quake, you’ve already got virtually everything you need to set up your own movie studio inside your PC. As a matter of fact The Sims 2 has the capability of creating Machinima right in the game itself.