By now, you’ve probably seen some machinima — the art of using video-game 3D engines to create little movies, by positioning the characters in dramatic situations and adding overdubs. And you may have seen one of the masterworks in this genre — the Warthog Jump movie, in which Randy Glass used the Halo engine to send cars, soldiers, and guns flying through the air.

Now the punk-rock of machinima has arrived: Mame Jump, where a programmer uses old-school video games to produce the most surreal video to Van Halen’s “Jump” that I’ve ever seen, nor hope to see.

The guy who created this thing is, by the way, completely insane. There’s a whole archive of his other stuff here. I’m almost afraid to click on Mame Love.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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