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WoW Moviewatch: The Device Has Been Modified

When it's a slow, rainy day around WoW Moviewatch headquarters (as it is), we occasionally look back to the inspiring machinima of yesterday. The Device Has Been Modified is one such video. The song is from Victims of Science from the game Portal.

Baron Soosdon took that inspiration and created an entire world for his protagonist to enter, explore, and shoot up. Using a mechano-strider to personify the computer's voice was a particularly brilliant stroke of inspiration. All in all, The Device Has Ben Modified is still one of our favorite machinimas. Thanks to Adam Holisky for the suggestion!

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at

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WoW Moviewatch: The Device Has Been Modified

When my wife and I first saw The Device Has Been Modified by Baron Soosdon, all I could think at the time was, "If only these powers could be harnessed for good." The imagery, action and content of Soosdon's epic video was so compelling that dozens of backstories instantly came to mind. It was an inspirational video, and it doesn't seem an iota dated even now.

While the original song is by JoCo for the video game Portal, the Baroon took that source material and made it something incredibly new. (For the sake of story, however, the good Baron does link this Gnomeregan with Aperture Science.) I think it fits the twisted remains of gnomish technology better than any kind of freaky cube, anyway. The Device Has Been Modified is one of my favorite machinima, and I think it's definitely worth another look.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at

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WoW Moviewatch special: 7 movies you should know

Machinima's a pretty big topic. Depending on who you talk to, "machinima" could include story-based movies, PvP footage, boss kills, music videos, and even videography of altered in-game landscapes. There are uncounted thousands of videos about World of Warcraft roaming the internet, so it can be very difficult to know where to start.

In honor of the ticket queue for BlizzCon 2009, Moviewatch presents seven machinima movies and machinimators you should know. Certainly, these aren't the only 7 movies or authors you should know, but they do include some of the most popular staples of the art. If you find yourself chatting it up with a machinima enthusiast around the BlizzCon water cooler, you can probably be certain they've seen these shows.

We went for variety in this selection, choosing videos with different styles and subjects. They certainly aren't listed in "countdown to the best" format, since trying to rate these videos like that would be dang near impossible. Instead, they are simply listed alphabetically, according to the creator of the movie.

Check out the selection behind the cut.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Moviewatch

Soosdon wants your Gnomes

Calling all Gnomes... Calling all Gnomes...

Baron Soosdon, one of the best machinima creators out there, wants your Gnomes. In a post over on the EU forums he tells everyone "[I] need gnomes, gnome dying and flying into the air." The gnomes will be used for an upcoming machinima project of his.

Some of his previous work is great, and I really suggest you check it out. The Device Has Been Modified is one of my favorite pieces of machinima, and Child Escapism also ranks quite high.

If you want to get into this project you'll need to follow the instructions he outlines in his post. EU Community Team member Wryxian points out Soosdon is looking for gnomes and not crocolisks, so let's try to remember that (if there is any confusion, that is).

And in case you're worried about gnome hate, a very serious problem in Azeroth, Soosdon lets us all know that he doesn't hate Gnomes, and that the video itself won't be about killing gnomes.

Are you still there?

Filed under: Machinima, Fan stuff

WoW Moviewatch: The Device Has Been Modified

(The sinister Baron Soosdon felt that Vimeo was the best quality stream, so he made me change it from the Veoh stream. Now it has a funky looking aspect ratio! However, he does not blame me for destroying his non-existant PR campaign, so it's okay.)

The year is 1985. Gnomeregan merges with Aperture Science, which causes a chain reaction, altering history forever. In 1987, they decide to install GLaDOS on a mechanistrider, which leads to a killing spree in 1989. In the distant future, only MechaMurlocs exist, except for one determined little gnome.

If you can believe it, Baron Soosdon completed this movie in one day! He was apparently inspired by an infectious tune that was mentioned in #machinima on Quakenet IRC. For more information about This Device Has Been Modified, check out his blog, but be sure to download the high quality version.

[Thanks, Baron!]

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

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Filed under: Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

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