Definition of machinima in English:



mass noun
  • The practice or technique of producing animated films through the manipulation of video game graphics.

    • ‘We see glimmers of that in some machinima projects, like Red v Blue or in Flash-shorts like Homestar Runner, a clubbish sense of ownership by its fans that turn them into relentless marketers of the net-art.’
    • ‘More than just a cheap way to make an animated movie, machinima allows game players to comment directly on the pop culture they so devotedly consume.’
    • ‘Already, a small cult of machinima has started up, using game engines as studios to create movie-like scenes.’


Early 21st century: blend of machine and cinema, probably influenced by anime.