War of the Servers - This Time You Can’t Ban Them!

I just spent the last hour and a half watching an incredible machinima called War of the Servers. It’s made using Half-Life 2 and Gary’s Mod (G-mod) which allows players to build their own environments using the maps and objects in HL2. It’s been used for quite a few machinimas already, but this is the first full-length movie I’ve seen done in it. It’s about a war that breaks out among the peaceful G-mod players when they are invaded by the grief loving Mingebags. Here’s the official blurb for the film:

In 2007, The Gmod servers go to war, from PHWOnline And RS Films comes “War of the Servers”, Directed by Robert Stoneman and starring voices from Chris Duggan (PHWRadio DJ), Robert Stoneman (PHWRadio DJ and Slapdash 1 and 2), Richard Biosvert (Slapdash 1 and 2), David Zimmerman (PHW Comic Maker), Nick Bertke, Jordan Brindle and Ben Stoneman. Based on the musical “Jeff Wayne’s musical of War of the Worlds” This action/parody adventure follows one players story to get to his friends before the servers crash.

Robert Stoneman is Steinmann, a player who enjoys G-mod server life, building, creating, and having fun with other player’s. Being a part of the PHW community, he has met alot of friends online playing in Gmod servers from role play to LUA gamed servers. But on one late day on MJ’s serious builders only server, the server begins to lag, he finds out it’s not just the server he is in… Its everywhere… and the lag spikes are coming from the new players; GMod 9.0.4 Servers… Moments later during the game, Steinmann and the other players notice a mess of contraptions in the middle of the map, when strangely fog appears. Players gather around this mess and what is seen and what arises from that mess…will change the servers forever. Before anyone can react, it removes everything in sight.

It’s a ridiculous concept that’s amazingly well executed and enjoyable and I can’t believe I sat through the whole thing. It helps if you’re familiar with the game and even more so if you’re familiar with G-mod, but I suspect it can be enjoyed even with no real knowledge of the games so long as you can just kick back and let it wash over you. The soundtrack helps a lot as they’ve chosen some excellent music to accompany the on-screen action including at least one or two selections from the revival of Doctor Who. Go check it out.

6 thoughts on “War of the Servers - This Time You Can’t Ban Them!

  1. Ugh, I’ve watched 30 minutes, but I’ve never played the game and some of the references are beyond me.  Overall it looks like a cool homage to War of the Worlds though.

  2. Based on the musical “Jeff Wayne’s musical of War of the Worlds”

    The soundtrack helps a lot as they’ve chosen some excellent music to accompany the on-screen action

    not just based on but, a good deal of the score seems to be ripped from the Jeff Wayne cd which featured Phil Lynott, David Essex, Justin Hayward, Chris Thompson and narrator Richard Burton.

    since it’s getting to be the halloween season i will need to dig out my 20 year old cd and see if i can annoy the neighbors.

    good video, thanx for the recommendation.

  3. Ronny’s Server at the end was priceless LOL

    “What the bloody ‘ell’s happened to my server?”

  4. I watched about 10 mins of this film. I thought it was pretty cool, that someone made it, and that they give Valve and Steam first credits.
    However, I wasn’t very interested in watching a video, when I can play the game.

    I’m don’t know much about Gary’s Mod, outside of reading descriptions. It would never work for me, so I was never able to play around in that environment. That could be why I was disinterested in watching this movie

    I don’t know much about the tech aspects that went into this film, either. If it was made totally from scratch, I think they did a wonderful job with the animations.

    On the other hand, if they just copied many of the scenes and artwork from the Half Life world, they need to be shot.

  5. to BOG BROTHER:  don’t make idiotic comments about something you’ve never taken time to use.
    Go buy/play Half Life games and Gary’s Mod, then come back and post a useful critique.

    As for your statement that this was homeage to War of the Worlds:  There is nothing that makes reference to that story. Nor is it based on it.

    The only thing in common with that story and the Half Life world, is the alien presence.

    The film is based totally on Gary’s Mod, which is set in the Half Life universe.

    u r a idiot! raspberry

  6. TO RANDY CURRY: What in the FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MAN!?!?!?

    I SAID:

    Ugh, I’ve watched 30 minutes, but I’ve never played the game and some of the references are beyond me.  Overall it looks like a cool homage to War of the Worlds though.

    WHAT COLOR IS THE SKY IN YOUR FUCKING WORLD YOU GODDAMN TROLL?!?!  HOW THE HELL IS WHAT I SAID AN INSULT TO YOUR PRECIOUS FUCKING GAME?>!?!?!?!?! JESUS JIMMINY CHRIST ON A POPSICLE STICK CROSS!!! ARE YOU A TOTAL MORON!???!?!?!?

    There, now you have something to be pissed at me about you fucktard. By the way, there are tons of references to War of the Worlds, but not that shitty Spielberg movie ya idiot.  The original H.G. Wells book.  The very name of the movie is an homage to War of the Worlds (um…War of the Servers…).  However, with you being a total asshead, I’m personally surprised you can even fucking read, so you can be excused for your ignorance about the novel.  Go Thunderchilde!

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