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Diary of a Camper is considered to be the first example of machinima. It was produced in 1996 with the engine for the computer game Quake. The film is brief - less than 2 minutes - and features no voice acting whatsoever - all dialog is given via text. The game uses language and situations specific to video games - the term "camper" in this sense refers to a player who remains in one spot to pick off his enemies. The term is negative in connotation and campers are often considered unskilled.

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The story is very simple. Five players belonging to the Ranger clan are scouting a map. Two members are gunned down by a camper. The other three realise this and, from a safe distance, kill the camper. As a punchline, they approach the camper's corpse and realise it is none other than John Romero!

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