This Spartan Life (2005)

This Spartan Life is a talk show in Game Space. As games become more and more cinematic and the environments in which we play become more real and robust, it seems a logical progression that they will be explored by artists. Thinking of an online game environment as a social space where people meet up to do more than shoot at each other, opens us up to the possibilities of game space as performance space.

This Spartan Life is made in the tradition of so called "machinima", or film and video made using a game engine. Whereas other machinima projects go to lengths to make the game apparatus invisible, we employ it as an added value. Creating our show inside of a popular game like Halo 2 brings the cognitive dissonance of stimulating thought within the "bloody" arena of the first person shooter game. The interplay of games and ...

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This Spartan Life is a talk show in Game Space. As games become more and more cinematic and the environments in which we play become more real and robust, it seems a logical progression that they will be explored by artists. Thinking of an online game environment as a social space where people meet up to do more than shoot at each other, opens us up to the possibilities of game space as performance space.

This Spartan Life is made in the tradition of so called "machinima", or film and video made using a game engine. Whereas other machinima projects go to lengths to make the game apparatus invisible, we employ it as an added value. Creating our show inside of a popular game like Halo 2 brings the cognitive dissonance of stimulating thought within the "bloody" arena of the first person shooter game. The interplay of games and the more traditional media format of the talk show, create a strange tension that shakes loose some interesting observations from the guests.

This Spartan Life has been conceived as a series to be presented on the internet as downloadable movies.

-Chris Burke

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