May 21, 2014
The venerable Dead End Thrills now has some pieces up about the art and design of various games, and not only is the imagery as gorgeous as you'd expect, but the articles themselves are beautiful to look at and interesting as well. Fire And Ice: The Cold Heart Of EVE Online and Building The Impossible: The Art Of Mirror’s Edge are my favorites.
June 21, 2011
Applying the principles of real world photography to the virtual worlds of games is just part of the solution. Hacking and tweaking games to remove player model, HUD and restrictions on the camera are others. The toughest, though, is rendering games from throughout the 3D era, from Deus Ex to Crysis 2, at truly uncompromising quality. There is a massive difference between running a game with top-of-the-line antialiasing and quality settings, and running it with those same settings at resolutions far in excess today’s norms, using offline resampling to achieve perfect results. Only recently, and after extensive research, have such methods become possible.