It's REAL! It's REAL!

Did anyone just see the clouds part and light shine down? How about hearing a sudden heavenly choir? Did the world suddenly make sense? Was there a disturbance in the Force? If so, that’s because… It’s HERE! 2 days to go until Amazon starts shipping… Get your copy now, beat the rush.

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Game Content Usage Rules from Microsoft - the HUUUUGE but calming post

OK, I promised a longer article on the Game Content Usage Rules. And boy, are you going to get one. Strap in, this one’s a doozy. Before I start I should note that the ineffable Fred Von Lohmann, who was on the same conference call about these Rules as I was, yesterday, has posted a shortish analysis of the Rules from a legal perspective, over at EFF Deeplinks. His article’s worth reading if you’re at all interested in this topic.

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Game Content Usage Rules Revisited

I just got off a lengthy conference call with a whole bunch of people involved in the Game Content Usage Rules from Microsoft, which for newcomers to the blog are MS’s new rules essentially making a lot of Machinima less legally problematic. It was a very, very positive call. Fred von Lohmann from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and myself were both on there to make the case for the Machinima community, and the MS guys were more than willing to hear from us - indeed, they’ve been reading and thinking about what everyone in the Machinima world has been saying already.

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MS posts on the Game Content Usage Rules

Prior to my and Fred von Lohmann’s chat with the Microsoft guys this week, one of the authors of the Game Content Usage Rules has posted a piece about them on his blog.

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Microsoft Game Content Usage Rules

OK, so I promised that I was going to write a piece this week on the new Microsoft Game Content Usage Rules for using its engines to make Machinima. I’m still working on it. However: I’ve just discovered that the wording of the Halo EULAs, in particular, is very different to what I thought it was. I’ve had to ask Fred von Lohmann of the EFF to take a look at those and see what the legal ramifications are.

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Submit to the European Machinima Festival!

The deadline for submitting to the HUGE European Machinima Festival is coming up really soon - on the 1st of September. So, if you’re a Machinima creator, submit now!

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Review copies and adaptions

With the book coming ever closer (apparently it’s in Wiley’s warehouse now), it’s time to do the press thing. If you’re doing an event or writing in a publication about Machinima in the near future, and you’d like to feature/review/talk about Machinima for Dummies, mail me at nomad AT strangecompany dot org, andwe’ll try to get you a review copy ASAP. Meanwhile, I’ve been interviewed about Machinima adaptations, over at Free Pixel - ‘twas an interesting conversation.

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First sighting?

Well, with the book coming off the printers tomorrow, I thought I’d do a small contest. So - the first person to send me a picture of Machinima for Dummies on shop shelves somewhere wins a free copy of the book, signed by me and Johnnie. Go find us MfD in the wild! (It’ll probably be a couple of weeks before you can find any!)

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Release Date!

Apologies for the silence. Both Johnnie and I are exhausted, somewhat ill with various things, and attending to other projects right now. However, we have good news: a release date! Machinima for Dummies will be published on the 7th August, 2007 It should be in stores about 2-3 weeks after that.

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Ralph and chuck all over the web

Congratulations to Machinima For Dummies’ Technical Reviewer Phil “Overman” Rice. Male Restroom Ettiquette has just hit 4 million YouTube views. Can anyone stop this man?

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