“Playing the photographer in The Last Of Us Remastered: a new frontier of digital photography” by Jason Lajoie is an essay that looks at the in-game photo editor as a new yet undefined cultural form:
In The Language of New Media, Lev Manovich describes how new media changes the significations of old media through computerization. The result is that “[t]he computerization of culture not only leads to the emergence of new cultural forms such as computer games and virtual worlds; it redefines existing ones such as photography and cinema” (35). In the case of the photo editor mode, computerized redefinition of two media (photography and computer games) borders on the creation of another, as yet undefined form. The photo editor mode does so by transposing the operations of traditional photography (players can choose lens features such as zoom, focal length and depth of field) and the new media operations of image-processing software (the ability to adjust colour and contrast) into game options, thus enabling an inauguration of users who are players, photographers and directors of a virtual space.
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