Computer generated imagery (CGI) has came so far over the past two decades. The first film I saw at the cinema was Starwars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999). I was 5-years old and completely in awe of the fantasy in front of me. The Phantom Menace is a perfect example of what CGI can do, see here for the the transformation of Master Yoda puppet (1999) to CGI (2011). Even more recently in Rouge One, the CGI of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher is mind blowing.
This post is about what it says on the tin, ‘the beauty of video games’, how I think, even if you’re not a gamer, there’s something in video games that everyone would love.
VG graphics are improving tenfold and continue to amaze me, above is a screen share of mine from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (2015), I was honestly fascinated by the graphics of this game and the likeness the game shared with towns, scenery and weather in the United Kingdom. Sometimes I go back to older games and think “wow, this was the bee’s knees and now it’s just a stepping stone to where we are today”. Games are pushing more and more towards playable movies, their graphics, their story, their grip on you. As this is happening, games are becoming a bigger part of our everyday. Jay from Nerd Speaker discusses video games and the ease of sharing content nowadays in his post about the gaming selfie along with the fact that gamers now live the game.
Gamers don’t just play a game, they live them, and just like the compulsion we face in the real world to show off our looks, our food, our whatever to garner attention – Jay Borenstein, Nerd Speaker.
I’m guilty of uploading new skins I’ve unlocked in SMITE, or when I’ve achieved a trophy, and as above, sometimes I just see a stunning view. I see gaming, closely interlocked with my real life. I recently (last night) binge-read the graphic novel In Real Life and although many of us pay attention to games and find games “mere amusements”, it triggers me to think about how connected we become online to others, to our characters, to our material possessions in game.
Sharing video game content is becoming part of our everyday lives, as we would share a personal achievement, we share game achievements. As we would share a valued item, we would share valued loot. As we often share funny moments, we’ll share funny moments in video games. I could’ve sworn I had a screen share of Borderlands 2 pizza around here somewhere… I don’t think you’d have liked it, it contained fish bones…
It doesn’t really matter what game you play, the question is, do you stop mid-game and go “damn, that’s beautiful”, laugh or cry, feel successful or a sense of achievement, and finding yourself wanting to share this moment?
To what extent can a game become part of our lives, our emotions, our joy… To me that’s the pure beauty of video games. More realistic, more emotional, more gripping. I’m interested to know what you think?