With Time Commanders, the BBC created a show that puts two competing teams in the shoes of military commanders charged with recreating some of the most famous battles of the ancient world. But instead of hiring hordes or re-enactors to dress in period costume, Time Commanders used a modified version of the game Rome: Total War to play through the action. While not machinima in the strictest sense, Time Commanders is just too weird not to mention. Stranger still: it lasted for two whole seasons.