Recently, a writer over at Bitmob directs readers to a website containing a lot of in-game screenshots that were taken so skillfully that they could stand as legitimate photography in their own right. He then asks the question: can videogame screenshots serve as art? I found myself thinking the same thing when I played with the photo mode in Wipeout HD and more so in MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. For the longest time, I became more of a shutterbug than a racer in MotorStorm, trying to purposefully create the best crashes¬† I could and then pausing the game in the middle of a cataclysmic pileup and spending ages trying to find the best angle and composition for the shot. OK, it’s a bit sad, I know, but seriously, when you consider the quality of graphics in games today and the cinematic attention that is being paid to the lighting, it’s hardly surprising that skilled photographers can take some very decent shots in games where they have a free camera to mess around with. I actually wanted to run a competition on this exact kind of thing back in the PlayTech days. Anyway, check out some of the shots here.

I have a feeling this is going to end badly for this guy.

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