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Source Filmmaker Open Beta

Valve announces the Source Filmmaker is now in open beta, offering everyone the chance to try their hand at machinima production. Word is:

Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the open beta release of Source Filmmaker (SFM), for free, to everyone.

The SFM is a storytelling tool Valve developed inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films, including those in the "Meet the Team" series of Team Fortress 2 shorts. The SFM condenses the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC. To help the community get started, the SFM includes all assets from Team Fortress 2 along with assets from two of the "Meet the Team" short films.

To see the newest and top-rated work being done by the community in the SFM, please visit www.steamcommunity.com/sfm.

For more information and to download the SFM, please visit www.sourcefilmmaker.com

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18. Re: Source Filmmaker Open Beta Jul 11, 2012, 16:56 Undead Scottsman
 
It appears we were discussing different things in regards to "original IP." IMO, a second expansion to a sequel to a game released in 1998 is not an original IP. It's a new game in an established IP. But it doesn't appear that is an assessment you agree with so that argument in a moot point I guess.

But getting back to Narbacular Drop: It shares a core mechanic with Portal. That doesn't equate to an IP. Portal was developed BY VALVE. The Narbacular Team were VALVE EMPLOYEES when the game was made, and they were FAR from the only people who worked on that title. The level design, the artwork, the puzzles, the voice acting, the dialog, the story, pretty much every single thing that made Portal a game beyond that basic mechanic was an original creation at Valve. It's an original Valve IP. Sharing a core mechanic from a tech demo made outside the company doesn't affect whether or not it's an original Valve IP.
 
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