Although we cannot head to a music venue and watch a concert live at the moment, this doesn’t mean we can’t head into a select few mobile games and watch virtual idols perform to virtual songs. As I have written about a couple of times before, one of my favourite options to do this is the Japanese smart device game The [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage, a spin-off rhythm game of Bandai Namco Entertainment’s long-running The [email protected] franchise.
Despite being hampered to a small degree by being only available on iOS and Android devices in terms of visual quality (I await a PC or console port), it makes up for this with a stunning selection of songs – each with their own individual stages and choreography. Furthermore, you can switch in an out any of 765 Production’s almost 200 idols into any position on stage, meaning that each performance can be significantly tailored to your preferences. This also means there are many opportunities to take that perfect snap! Below are some examples I took from a few routines in the game:
If you would like to see some of my actual in-theatre photography work, I encourage you to check out my Photographic Retrospective which covers some of the shows I have covered between 2015 and 2019.
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.