To set a Scene, to take a Shot – Players as Photographers
Photography is ubiquitous nowadays.Also, the interrelations of photography, digital gamesand players became moreand more diverse during the last 30 years. In the early 1990s,analogue screenshots were usedtodocument game victoriesand high scores.Around the turn of the millennium, photographically motivated ways of playing became more creativeandadvanced. Players expanded their playing strategies with explicit photographic intentions. The gaming industry increasingly implemented complex photomodes in video games. Inadditiontosimple screenshots, the photomodesalso enabled photoshootingstobe integrated intothe running game processes. When theysetasceneand takeashot the players makeaesthetic decisions,as theyare familiar with from the compositional history of photographytoits most recent forms. Image productionand distribution becamean integral part of the player's life. Shared on platforms like Instagram, computer game photography is competing with photos from other genres for the viewer'sattention. What role does In-game photography play in the vibrating field of computer-generated imagesand image sharing practices – in the gaming cosmosand beyond?
In-game Photography; screenshot; photo mode; image-sharing; screenshot; gaming photography; digital games; video games
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