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What Video Game Rampages Leave Behind

Haunting contemporary art.

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The Canadian artist Jon Rafman is best known for his 9-Eyes series, a collection of indelible images plucked from around the world in Google Street View.

His new project, A Man Digging, also recontextualizes virtual geography, but of a much different kind: video games. This short film, according to Dis Magazine, depicts "an evocative journey through the uncanny spaces of video game massacres." Another way of putting this: Rafman's film removes Max Payne from Max Payne 3, and surveys the damaged world left behind. It's totally silent, totally creepy, and totally unforgettable. It also kind of calls attention to the fact that from the perspective of anyone but the hero, the result of a video game shootout is the same as any mass shooting:

Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.

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