A downloadable zine for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
Heterotopias is a new digital zine focusing on the spaces and architecture of virtual worlds. Not an empty ode to the fidelity of digital realities, but a critical dissection of spaces of play, exploration, violence and ideology, Heterotopias aims to develop new ways of understanding games as cultural objects.
Issue 001 discusses the worlds and architecture of four games, from the darkly poetic laboratories of Playdead's Inside to the cultural fantasy of Tomb Raider's buried chambers.
Its central feature looks back at Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' singular vision of Shanghai, with a visual exploration that uses 35mm film photography to try to capture both its urban language and the distorted, camera-eye the player experiences it through. A conversation with the game's Art Director, Rasmus Poulsen provides new insight into the process of making the game and an understanding of how the game captures a Shanghai that no longer exists.
001 also features guest writing from Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities and acclaimed writer on culture, technology and politics through urbanism, as well as Chris Priestman, who runs curation website Warp Door, and writes regularly for The Guardian, Edge, and Gamasutra.
Heterotopias 001 is an experiment in understanding and digesting the virtual worlds that surround us. This project's continuation is entirely funded by sales of this zine.
With that in mind, those who pay $5 or over can download 6 high-resolution scans of the 35mm photographs of Kane & Lynch 2's Shanghai, processed chemically at the renowned Ilford Lab in the UK. 3 of these are not featured in the article.
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