Over at Completely Machinima Ben Grussi has done an interesting history on the early days of the Unreal Engine and its influence on Machinima.
“In this episode, Ben goes back to the archives and digs out the earliest days of Unreal…. Long before the launch of Unreal Engine, the first machinima productions were made in Unreal 1 as early as 1998. Ben then traces the lack lustre performance of Unreal machinima as a genre until such time as the Make Something Unreal Contest was launched in 2003 – then BANG!!!”
Completely Machinima History with Ben Grussi – Unreal Engine