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Art in Video Games

Possibly one of the biggest reasons why I love video games so much is the art used in them. Video games have this uncanny ability to convince us that we are in a different setting, a living and breathing world which is very different to our own. Video games can not only show us the past, present, and future, but also alternate realities of each. All this is achieved by convincing us, the players, via the use of engrossing art.

In most cases, video game art or rather concept art is released by the game publishers even before the first trailer, thus, making it the first interaction players have with a game. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, this Initial Artwork can either gain or lose the interest of players.

Each game is unique and behind the scenes is a team of creative and extremely talented individuals, trying to portray characters and game worlds that have been described to them. However, some publishers are better at portraying their game, via the use of art, than others. They are able to release great art pieces which aren’t only bright and colorful, but more importantly – meaningful.

This initial Artwork translates into the game’s eventual Art Style. Games go for different looks which can be realistic, cartoonish, fantasy focused etc. Some good examples include:

  • Realism in games – Crysis
  • Cartoonish art style – Borderlands
  • Fantasy – Warcraft

Art plays a big part in my gaming experiences. Some may call it “Judging a book by its cover”, but for me art is what drives me to play a game, art creates a world I can lose myself in, and art is what makes my gaming experience memorable.

Below are some example of great artwork that are available out there when it comes to video game art.




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