I’m not really into machinima as a genre. There’s lots of very well-done examples of it of course, that I’ve enjoyed, and there will be more.
Every so often a piece comes along in any artistic medium that transforms it utterly, transcending previous examples, worthy though they may have been, and showing more of the true potential of the form. One might say that The Birth of a Nation did this form film, and that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band did it for music.
Clear Skies did that for machinima. It’s not just as good as previous machinima efforts, it’s as good as anything but the best science fiction you’d see on television. Download it in the highest resolution your bandwidth can handle and watch it.
Yesterday the trailer for Clear Skies 2 was released.