NonA Weekly: GAME ON 🕹️
Dear readers and friends,
Architecture 🏛️, mother of all the arts, and video gaming 🎮, the media-mocked, the two would seem destined to work together. Video gaming’s most contested battle is the one to be taken seriously – but is architecture the key to winning it? 🤔
Similar to architecture, video games have the capability to bring together numerous other, well-known art forms; refining this fusion and its applications is where video games’ standing as art resides. The emphasis should be on how games have given birth 🚧 to bizarre, sophisticated, and foresightful architectures of their very own, and how this developing medium can feed back into other professions 📝 and practices rather than trying to add sophistication to a game using architects and “real-world” architecture.
1. WHY DO VIDEO GAMES AND ARCHITECTURE NEED EACH OTHER 🧑🤝🧑
As game designers turn to architects to develop their worlds 🌍, the surprisingly historical relationship between architecture and computer games is relieved, full of unexplored POTENTIAL ⚙️.
2. 8 ARCHITECTS TURNED 🔓 GAME DESIGNERS
The architects that work as the game designers provide a realistic backdrop for the game to be set in and make the gaming experience even more engaging and incorporate emotions, feelings, and sensations 🌈 into the game. HERE’S a look at the experiences of Architects now working as game designers.
3. HOW ARCHITECTS ARE USING VIDEO GAMES TO RETHINK 💡 ARCHITECTURE
All of us as children have played with Lego blocks and built our dream ✨ home cities while challenging our curiosity, creativity, and puzzles. We tend to get away from these physical GAMES in this digital era and look for similar gaming options on our phones or tablets.
4. HOW VIDEO GAME ARCHITECTURE IS SPEAKING 💬 TO YOU
Video games and virtual worlds are packed with imaginative environments to explore, time periods ⌛ to peruse, and invented architectural styles to thumb through within every reality we choose to engross ourselves into. ARCHITECTURAL design possesses the power to keep us immersed within a virtual world 🌐, even when we aren’t aware that it’s all around us, tangible, and encapsulating us in even the most fleeting moments.
5. SIGNIFICANCE 📝 OF ARCHITECTURE IN VIDEO GAME DESIGN
Ask any video gamer about the most important aspect of a good game, and they will tell you about its ARCHITECTURE. Many people may think that the characters, the gameplay, or the difficulty levels in a video game make it interesting and exciting to play. However, what people don’t understand is that the architectural 🏛️ aspects of video games are one of the most vital parts of designing a good game.
6. WHY AREN’T ARCHITECTS DESIGNING THE ENVIRONMENTS FOR VIDEO GAMES? 🧐
ARCHITECTS could have more influence if they applied their skills to video games instead of designing “rich houses 🏡 for rich people”, according to architect and film director Liam Young.
7. ARCHITECTS ARE PLAYING 🎲 WITH THE FUTURE OF DESIGN IN VIDEO GAMES
Game WORLDS can be blueprints for the real world, liberating spaces where rules can be reinvented 🤯 and the invisible made visible.
8. THE ART 🎨 OF VIDEO GAME ARCHITECTURE
Architects and video game designers are more similar than you think. You might be wondering why. Well, both use similar tools 🛠️ to conceptualize virtual buildings with a user-centric approach in mind — except, of course, one has the intention for it to be actually BUILT 🚧 in real life. We rarely hear of overlap between these two professions but the commonality can be quite beneficial to both parties.
Stay creative and see you all next week! 👋