Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Exploring Assassin’s Creed Origins with a camera


I have been, since November, utterly enamoured with digital Ptolemaic Egypt. Assassin’s Creed Origins’ snowglobe version of the kingdom makes it excellent fodder for long, meandering walks and screenshots of tantalising vistas, but it’s the small vignettes of daily life and scenes of mundanity that make Egypt feel less like just another theme park.

Since the first Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Montreal has used scale as its default weapon. Huge towers, massive crowds, more map icons than the eye can handle. But while, yes, Origins is still a gargantuan game, it’s one that spends a lot of time zoomed in on the streets instead of hovering around the rooftops. It’s inspired me to do the same, accompanied by the game’s impressive photo mode. It pauses the action and unlocks the camera at the press of a button, letting you tweak the image with filters and by changing things like contrast and depth of field. Read the rest of this entry »

Firewatch: Why The Official Photos Don’t Quite Work

My official Firewatch [official site] photos arrived a few weeks ago at my parents’ house and I’ve just got around to picking them up. While I was playing the game I also ordered a set of my own screenshots from a photo print service in the UK.

I wanted to talk about the differences between the two experiences, not least because paying to have your roll of in-game film developed is an optional part of the experience of Firewatch. There are going to be spoilers ahead because they’re unavoidable in this discussion:

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Gotcha! Local Multiplayer Snap ‘Em Up Paparazzi Released

Snap attack!

Gotcha! New Local Multiplayer In Release Slam! Cheeky! Two-player Photo-Taking, Photo-Avoiding Antics Intrigue And Delight. Pop! Player Plays Pap Snapping Celeb On The Run. Wham! Celeb Must Hide In Crowds And Behind Objects To Avoid Being Pap Gaze. Sham! That Wasn’t A Snappy Headline At All. Oof! None Of These Are What Is This. Secret Shame! Alice Doesn’t Really Read Red Tops And Is Finding This Joke More Difficult Than She Had Anticipated. Help! I’m Trapped In A Headline Making Machine.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R In The Realities

If you’re going to do cosplay, don’t dress up as some manga character with a purple sash – it’s too easy. If you’re going to do it, do it with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

stalker cosplay

Thanks to Isaiah who sent us a link to this Russian site not only of STALKER fans taking the game into the real world at Chernobyl, but also some really fantastic photography. It’s well worth a look.

If you want to get a bit more understanding of what’s going on (but not much), here’s the Google translation of the page. EDIT: And with even better translation from Xander77 in the comments below!