Replay Couch 7: Lit Fuse

Welcome to the Replay Couch, where we kick back and watch the best, and worst, of recorded video game history. Each week we'll be offering up a compilation of compelling captures from the world of insane speed-runs, chance kills, competitive moments, and hilarious happenings from the past and present.

This week, with their permission, we highlight one of the few machinima groups worth following: Lit Fuse Films. Visit their website. Also be sure to check out last week's edition of Replay Couch for more crazy digital stunts and creative stupidity. And now, on with the show.

The Ballad of Black Mesa (link to this video)
One part Apple, one part STOMP. Created using an all-green box map within Garry's Mod--the Half-Life 2 equivalent of a green screen--this audio-visual composition is one of Lit Fuse's defining achievements.

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Ignis Solus (link to this video)
Have you ever sat around on an empty server waiting for someone, anyone to join--and then killed the first newcomer instantly? This lengthy film tells the story of one Team Fortresss 2 Pyro who just can't seem to make any friends.

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Do Your Part (link to this video)
This clip represents an homage to the satirical, jingoistic advertisements from Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. Do you want to know more?

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Thundermelon 2: The Melonacolypse (link to this video)
Where will you be when the Melonacolypse hits? Hopefully not in the path of melony destruction. Is that Charles in there?

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Don't Shoot The Wockets (link to this video)
In a world where children are kings, one boy hovers above them all, laser pistol in hand.

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Physics Effects (link to this video)
Great camera angles and impressive editing make this one of the best demonstrations of Crysis physics to date. Anothermartz suggests you take a look at his guide if you're interested in rendering your own chaotic scenes.

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Good Grief (link to this video)
Warning: This video contains blurred genitals. Probably one of the worst videos to be featured on Replay Couch, Team Roomba brings us a truly terrible example of assholery from Team Fortress 2.

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Revolutionary Graphics (link to this video)
Before there was Star Fox, there was LHX Attack Chopper. Shacknews founder Steven Gibson remembers this 1990 PC gem fondly. And you thought Oblivion pop-in was bad; behold as significant geographic features reveal themselves before your very eyes.

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Trailer of the Week: Welcome to the World of Warcraft (link to this video)
After all that Activision Blizzard nonsense, it's time to take a look back at what started the Warcraft machine. This right here is the spark that lit the billion-dollar flame.

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Impossible Video of the Week: Drum Mania (link to this video)
And you thought Rock Band was hard. I personally bore witness to Drum Mania players of scary caliber while in Tokyo for TGS earlier this year, but this guy takes the cake. And yes--he's using a bass drum pedal down there, too.

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See a cool video that you think is worth sharing? Drop me a line: Nick@Shacknews.com