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    24 Stunningly Beautiful Screenshots From Video Games

    Grand Theft Auto: Fine Art Edition. H/T Hopes and Fears.

    1. Deep in the HD worlds of modern video games, lush digital landscapes and urban environments are rendered in stunning hyper-reality.

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    2. The sheer beauty of these environments, and the behaviour of the AI characters who inhabit them, has led to a subculture of "photographers" documenting them in breathtaking detail.

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    3. The resulting "photographs" – or screenshots to be accurate – are captured in HD, and are as stunning as anything a Canon 5D can manage.

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    4. Images are sometimes post-processed in photoshop, as IRL photos might be, before being uploaded to blogs, Flickr, or one of the subreddits devoted to the art.

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    5. For more on the history of the subculture, read this excellent primer in Hopes and Fears, or follow the links under any of these images.

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    6. Credit to the designers and developers building these immersive worlds – we've come a long way since Pong.

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    Alien: Isolation

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    Unreal Tournament

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    Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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    Deadlight

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    Hitman: Absolution

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    GTA V screenshots via illsnapmatix.com, posted here with permission. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

    All other screenshots courtesy of K-putt on Flickr, posted here with permission. Follow him on Twitter here.

    H/T This excellent article in Hopes and Fears by Richard Moss.

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