How the Photo Mode Became a Homogenized Feature of Commodified Games
Ghosts with weightless cameras, photographing lifeless worlds.
Kill for Prosperity and Not Much Else in 'Far Cry New Dawn'
We regret to inform you the world did not end, and we're doing this all again.
Game of the Year 2018
A Game's Photo Mode Isn't Just a Feature, It's My Way of Seeing the World
Photography isn't just about posing the perfect shot, it's about working within limitations to capture a moment.
'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Tries, but Fails, to Tackle Its Own Colonialism
Fun stealth mechanics and a passable photo mode can't free the series from the baggage of its core fantasy: Lara Croft is still just a thief playing at being a savior.
In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last
In a game very much about fathers and sons, the role of a mother is to be invisible or toxic.
The Pantheon of Games
We Made Our Own Myths in 2017's Photo Modes
Armed with our virtual cameras in our virtual worlds, we can create the images we want to believe in.
Dragons Conquer America
It Takes More Than a 'Tolerance' Mechanic to Make an Anti-Colonial RPG
'Dragons Conquer America' wants to tell a magical story of resistance to the Spanish Conquest, but its perspective is merely a more enlightened colonial one.
Final Fantasy XV
'Final Fantasy XV' Is Surprisingly Good at Teaching Photography
That wonderful boy can teach us the magic (and science) of great photography.