Contextual Report

Life in the Fields

The video essay I have created explores the idea of photography in video games, specifically the action sports titles Steep and the Skate franchise.

In creating this video essay I tried to create a balance between entertaining content and quality academic examination of the game. I outline the history of video game photography, the various mechanics available and which mechanics I find the most appealing and useful.

Video games are J Raessens describes video games as a participatory media culture due to the nature of gaming. Games lay dormant as a media format until played and experienced by a player, without this interaction a video game is merely lines of code, this crucial realisation truly reflects the manner in which we interact with games. After exploring the cultural connection between action sports and photography, I come to the subjective conclusion that a combination of the Steep and Skate 3 photo…

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