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Why I Hate Minecraft Machinimas

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avatar LightlySaltedBuilder
Level 27 : Expert Architect
I'm just going to get straight to the point. In my opinion Minecraft machinimas suck. Hopefully you will understand why by the end of this blog. Also, before I start, remember that this is MY opinion. If you like them, then good for you, but this is about why I don't like them them. So if you enjoy them, don't go hate commenting, I'm just pickier about my entertainment.

If you don't know what a machinima is it's an animation that was filmed inside a game, instead of being animated. ExplodingTNT is the biggest youtuber that makes Minecraft machinimas, so go check him out if you want to see examples of some. Plus, there are some of his machinimas that I did enjoy.

1. Dirty Jokes

I know there are older audiences that play Minecraft, but I'm pretty sure the majority of players are below 18, maybe even below 15. Yet machinima creators always put in dirty jokes, like jokes about nipples, strip clubs, and being gay. Maybe this one is more just me, because I usually don't find dirty jokes funny, but still, the majority of people watching are probably young.

2. Noob and Pro Cliches

I actually never thought about this until someone pointed it out on MCforums. Machinimas always seem to use noob and pro cliches, and there are some others that they use too. But seriously, not all noobs love dead bushes, and not all pros constantly wear diamond armor. Another cliche which I've noticed is Steve. In machinimas he is always the biggest noob of all. And it's really only machinimas that do this, since all the animations I've seen never portray Steve as a noob, he's always a rational, sane human being. Also, I want to add, noobs are normally people who aren't good at Minecraft, not the mentally retarded idiots of machinimas.

3. "Plot templates"

I've noticed that a lot of machinimas seem to use these three plots: If [someone] took over Minecraft. If [item/block] and [item/block] switched places, and if [something] was added to Minecraft. It's like there is some kind of machinima creator app, where you pick one of these templates and edit it with the characters and items you want. Obviously, this itself wouldn't be a problem, if they were still entertaining, which leads me to my next point.

4. They're low quality and just not funny

Overall machinimas are just low quality entertainment. Their jokes aren't funny, and if they make you laugh it's almost always from crude humor, which I define as "A joke that gets it's humor by just being plain stupid." Maybe only I really care, because I prefer thought out humor over crude humor. But even with the crude humor many of the jokes just aren't funny, or funny enough. They rarely make me laugh, or even entertain me. Though I will say, there are a few good ones, though the only one that comes to mind right now is ExplodingTNT's one about if a new ore was added to Minecraft (rainbow ore).

That is all I have to say, so if you skipped through then I'll just summarize it here for those who don't like reading. Basically I don't like machinimas because they rely heavily on crude humor and dirty jokes, and the cliches are annoying. They seem to use the same basic plot structure, and in the end this all just leads them to being either low quality, not funny, or both.


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  • Boku768
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 12, 2018, 9:34 am
  • McHorse
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • August 21, 2017, 11:33 pm
IMO you're being wrong here. You state good points about ExplodingTNT type machinimas, but... you're basically saying "I hate television, because all I can see is children TV shows!" You gotta dig deeper to find better content.
There are plenty of other channels who make good machinimas, it's just that they're not big enough for you to get noticed.
  • McHorse
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • August 21, 2017, 11:54 pm
Here is a list of some decent Minecraft machinimas:
There are more I know of, but I feel like you would be too overhelmed by that amount xD
  • miff
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • July 24, 2017, 10:50 pm
You mentioned how you don't like dirty jokes in Machinimas. You do realize people can upload whatever content they want to YouTube right? ´╗┐OH BUT GOD FORBID A 13 YEAR OLD HEARS A SWEAR WORD, IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!11!!!1!!!!
I said I didn't like them, Not that we should ban minecraft content with dirty jokes in it. Also have you heard the kids in trolling videos that swear and talk about dirty stuff a lot? Don't you wonder where they might have gotten that from? (hint: it's probably youtube)
  • miff
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • July 25, 2017, 1:51 pm
Well that means you've failed a parent. You shouldn't let your 8 year old on the internet.
I don't see anything wrong with it?
I think the noob and pro stuff makes it more funny, and easier for people to understand!
About the jokes, well, recently the amount of those jokes has been depleting at a rapid rate!
I know quite a bit of the machinimas I used to watch had dirty jokes, but maybe the newer ones don't, since I haven't watched them in a long time.
If I were to create a machinima, I would use a more interesting story...
  • CHorse
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Fish
  • July 16, 2017, 8:57 am
I personally like watching some of ExplodingTNT's stuff, although I've not encountered any dirty jokes. I would like to point out that I think the Noob and Pro thing are purposefully done to increase the humor of things. They may not succeed, and may offend, but nonethelss it is much easier to make someone laugh at someone they do not feel connected to; so by making them so cliched it ruins any possibility of making the person relate to the kid. If they find the person to be perfectly reasonable then it's a little harder to make jokes, and makes it much more serious than the humorous thing it wants to be.
  • Arkady
  • Level 45
  • Master Nerd
  • July 16, 2017, 4:54 am
Arkady (kkboys1) totally agrees to this. The dirty jokes are really bad. They're not even "jokes" anymore. And the templates are pretty accurate. They also have bad storylines, conversations, and all those things.

I was about to say another thing but I did forgot it lol rip
  • Ophelia
  • Level 43
  • Master Sailor
  • July 16, 2017, 12:31 am
they also have bad acting.
  • LimeFox
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Fox
  • July 16, 2017, 12:31 am
Nice arguments
  • KittyBlu_
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Network
  • July 16, 2017, 12:25 am
I totally agree. The dirty jokes aren't funny or anything, They just want to be famous. This is just a opinion though so If you don't like it then that's alright, just don't post hate.
  • conflicttFTW
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Sweetheart
  • July 15, 2017, 12:39 pm
I agree. They aren't even proper Machinima though in my opinion. Red vs Blue S1-5ish were what I would consider "classic" Machinima. The later seasons incorporated more stuff so I just consider them a good SHOW rather than a Machinima but thats besides the point.

Story driven Minecraft content can work, and has been done VERY well before: Shadow of Israphel, YogLabs, Remember Comic's "The Return" "The Haunting" and "Maiding Do" are some of my favorite Machinima-Style story driven series in Minecraft to be honest.

But "Shitty Machinima" like what your talking about tend to be one offs with cringey quality in terms of writing and jokes, and they arent very well edited. Its just trash spam of people cloning each other.
  • delvlees
  • Level 45
  • Master Herobrine
  • July 15, 2017, 10:00 am
I totally agree on this, but about the steve skin, there is a logical explination for that, most minecraft players that are "noob" usually haven't changed their skin yet, and also its easier for the audience to see which character is the "noob" by looking at the skin, usually steve = just got the game = noob.

Still totally agree with all points
Agree +1 Diamond
  • Kittnz
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Architect
  • July 14, 2017, 7:49 pm
I totally agree.
Agreed, it only makes the community look worse than it already does.

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