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[Image Credits: hopesandfears.com + individual photographers]

Virtual In-Game Photography Thriving in Online Communities

[Image Credits: hopesandfears.com + individual photographers]

[Image Credits: hopesandfears.com + individual photographers]

“There are loads of games with dedicated virtual photographers, and dozens of online communities have formed around showcasing and sharing the beauty of virtual worlds big, small, peaceful, and violent. Perhaps the most prominent is a website Dead End Thrills, which is run by former games journalist Duncan Harris.Harris pushes games to their graphical limit, with maximum detail settings and community-made modifications installed to make the visuals as impressive as possible. Then he goes into a debug mode that strips away interface elements such as character health bars and carefully composes screenshots that showcase the world as richly as possible in order to highlight the talents of game developers. Recent games given the Dead End Thrills photography treatment include role-playing epic The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, racing simulation Project CARS, and sci-fi space MMO EVE Online. Altogether, Harris has posted dozens of artful screenshots in over 70 games.”

Source: The photographer subculture inside Fallout, GTA and Left 4 Dead — Hopes&Fears — flow “Video Games”