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Photography in Gaming: The Art of Screenshots on PS4

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Sometimes, when we are caught up in the moment of say, a gun fight on Grove Street, we don’t have the time to stop and appreciate how just how beautiful the surroundings are that we’re playing in, and how much time developers have put into craft the environments and visuals that we know so well. Over the years, it’s needless to say that visually, video games have gone from strength to strength. With more advanced game engines being built, giving developers more freedom to create a world that they had envisioned. Whether it be a more life-like representation or a unique art style, there is so much to choose from now. Games have become pieces of art and the developers are the artists.

With what we have today, it’s no surprise that gamers want to share their experiences through screenshots, posting them online in dedicated communities. But the idea of ‘photography’ in games – composing a shot, choosing an angle, experimenting with light – seems to be relatively unexplored. However, there are developers that have now started to encourage this, introducing features such as Photo Mode and virtual cameras to capture your favourite moments, allowing gamers to create something more than just screenshots.

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The Last of Us Remastered & Uncharted 4

Naughty Dog seems to be one of the developers that are truly behind Photo Mode. The new and improved The Last of Us Remastered includes 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second and the ability to pause your gameplay at any time by clicking L3, allowing the player to freely move around in their suspended scene. Features include the field of view, depth of field, custom colour filters, frames, vignette, film grain, brightness and the option to hide the characters. Mix these together to create a beautiful post-pandemic America.

Uncharted 4 features a lot of the same options while in photo mode with the addition of sharpness, motion blur, chromatic aberration, and saturation. Motion blur, in particular, leaves an impressive “cherry on the top” to your screenshots. Most notably during gameplay in vehicles or during gunfights to create the effect of a freeze frame during an action.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V’s Instagram styled Snapmatic, the in-game ‘phone app’ will let you snap up quick and easy pictures while cruising around Los Santos and Blaine County. While this feature is fun for taking selfies of your character, it can also provide some stunning photography. Why not take a drive up Mount Chiliad, park your car in a good spot and watch the sun gleam off of your bonnet as it sets? Take out your phone, choose a warm filter to accompany the summer sun, maybe put a frame around it and snap away, the results can be brilliant.

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Snapmatic has created quite a community on Rockstar’s Social Club website. With Rockstar themselves frequently launching theme specific Snapmatic Contests in search of the best screenshots. ‘Crews’, which are essentially communities created on the website by players gather hundreds of members together. One crew in particular, ‘GTA Photographers’ was set up some months after the launch of the game back in 2013 and is still active today. Dedicated to bringing the Snapmatic shots of Grand Theft Auto together. It’s these types of communities that has kept the online aspect of the game alive.

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Firewatch

Set in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming during the summer of 1989, Firewatch deals with love, loss and the path to recovery. It is easy to get caught up in the loneliness of the game exploring the great outdoors. The sunsets and the clear starry nights will undoubtedly bring out the creative side in you. Of course, you can take a screenshot with the share button but the included crosshair means your pictures won’t be all they can be unless you manage to hide it somehow. Thankfully, an added 35mm style camera is included in the game, giving your pictures a real authentic, retro look, perfect for the game’s time setting.

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The Order: 1886

Upon release, The Order: 1886 – the game that saw the dark alternate vision of a Victorian London – didn’t have Photo Mode. But an update saw the feature added last year after high demand from fans and rightfully so. Although considered by many to be weak in terms of gameplay, the cinematic visuals of The Order: 1886 deserves Photo Mode and it’s really turned out to be one of the best parts of the game. I did enjoy my play through, but if you were uncertain of this game, give it another go and experiment with this added feature. If you like to take screenshots, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Originally released on PC, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter later became available on consoles. In this story-driven indie title, you step into the shoes of Paranormal Investigator Paul Prospero as you explore the mining village of Red Creek Valley, Wisconsin to solve the crimes and discover the dark secrets connected to the disappearance of 12-year-old Ethan Carter. Much like Firewatch, this is a very exploration centred game and screenshot opportunities will present themselves to you at almost every turn.

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These are just a few of the games that will leave you taking screenshots long after you have finished them. Although Photo Mode is sparse as of now, those that don’t include the feature are still able to produce gorgeous shots. But with more developers including Photo Mode into their games, things will only get better in the world of in-game photography.

I'm always looking for something different in games, whether it pushes the boundaries or is just plain bizarre, I'll usually want to play it. When I'm not gaming, I'll usually be watching TV Shows, talking about them, or trying to make music.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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