Video games just as photography has grown at an exponential rate. Technology has allowed both to jump leaps and bounds in quality over the past few years, so it only makes sense that eventually the two would merge at one point. Introducing 'In-Game Photography', a new form of photography that seems to be spreading in interest among gamers across the world.
Above photo Josh Taylor
The idea of gaming photography I believe is an interesting and perhaps even slightly controversial one. I love video games, Legend of Zelda, World of Warcraft and Resident Evil just to name a few, and I use them as a way to escape the stress that sometimes surrounds my chaotic day. I never considered that when I would take a screenshot of my Blood Elf getting killed by Deathwing in World of Warcraft it could be considered 'art'.
Some photographers like, Duncan Harris, are so good at taking snapshots from video games and slightly editing them in Photoshop that some game developers use them as promotional images. Other photographers take the shots directly off of their television screens, like James Pollock who uses his iPod and apps like Instragram to capture his in-gaming experience.
While the photography is quite stunning it leaves me wondering... who is the artist? The photographer who froze and altered the shot or the game developers who created the entire scene in the first place? I have several friends who are game developers and are amazing artists that spend months to years developing a game. The photographers that I have seen practicing this have all been very respectful of game developers and credit them as much as possible. I wonder if copyright will ever become an issue for those into in-game photography. What are your thoughts?
You can read the full article about in-gaming photography via: Video Game Tourism.