The Future Meets Retrofuturism

Travelling Into a Virtual Space for Reasons Unknown

Due to my plans for continued upskilling and education during this pandemic, I probably will not be able to have anything posted up today while I finish and submit this assignment. That said, I do have a cute photo to share as part of today’s Take That (In-Game) Snap Daily Photo series. While I had planned to do a second instalment in the ‘Exploring New Babbage’ sub-series for Star Citizen, this will be posted up tomorrow as editing requires just a bit more time.

I love the retrofuturism/vaporwave artsyles and wanted to nab something unique in this style to take photos in. Eventually, my search came to an end when browsing the recent Equal10 Shopping Event, where backdrop manufacturer Paparazzi were offering three colour variations of their “Outrun Way” backdrop. This backdrop bears similarities to games such as 2016’s OutDrive, and, going even further back, SEGA’s 1980s classic OutRun.

In tandem with the Cyber Punk Fair shopping event which is downright cool and offers a great assortment of attire to purchase, I put together this quick and simple outfit which highlights a futuristic combat droid finding itself within a retrofuturistic environment – perhaps uploaded into a virtual space looking for a hidden document or criminal.

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This photo was taken in Second Life. Second Life does have a reputation for more adult content (there is no shortage of that if you explicitly look for it). However, those interested in using it to build custom avatars and take great photographs will find a lot on offer from the user-created worlds, purchasable content for your avatars, a high level of customisation and clients dedicated to taking fantastic photos. Just beware that with high quality content comes a potentially high real-world cost for digital assets.This will be my last Second Life photo in this series for a little while, as I will be continuing the Exploring New Babbage posts over the coming days.

Take That (In-Game) Snap Daily Photo is an off-shoot of the Take That (In-Game) Snap article series, in which the first article focusing on Final Fantasy XIV was recently published. This looks at, celebrates and critiques how video game developers have implemented professional photography-like systems into their games. It will cover how the systems handle, just how accessible they are and, where applicable, how a modding community might be making these tools even better. With this Daily Photo spin-off series, I will be sharing individual photos from the games either covered or soon-to-be-covered in the series.

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Founder of The Otaku's Study. I have been exploring this labyrinth of fandom these last fourteen years, and still nowhere close to the exit yet. Probably searching for a long time to come.

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