has partnered with the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television
announcing the Sims 2 Student Life Movie Contest
. The competition is essentially a short-film competition for machinima makers which, in itself, isn't unique, but the USC's School of Cinema-Television is one of the globe's most respected film school's and their input in the judging adds a certain respectability for machinima. I suspect the competition also shows that machinima will start to appear in academia more and more as the increasingly diverse tools that game designers are embedding for machinima-makers allow more and more creativity and flexibility for the budding digital filmmakers. Machinima, I suspect, has a bright future! As a budding academic, I can't wait to bring machinima into my teaching (even if that is a few years away...).