Dreeps plays itself but wants you to take pictures…

Dreeps (Hisanori Hiraoka, 2015) is a game that “plays itself”, allowing the player to enjoy looking at the unfolding of the game. On the other hand, Dreeps provides a minimal button on its lower left encouraging players to take screenshots to be shared on social networking sites. Gameplay is outsourced to the software, while the photographic activity is handed back to the player-photographer, tightly connected to the distribution of images on sharing platforms.

For those who don’t have the time to play RPGs anymore,

this is a new type of game—an Alarm Playing Game!

To play dreeps, just set the alarm. That’s all. Easy, right?

When you head to bed, the robot boy will sleep just like you, regaining HP and recharging for his next day of adventure!

When the alarm rings in the morning, both of you will wake up and start your day. When you go to work or school, the robot boy will head out on an adventure through fields, valleys, and peninsulas where monsters roam. Or, he might discover dungeons where strange bosses lurk…

Either way, every day is a new day for you and the robot boy!

But how does adventuring work? That’s real easy!

After the alarm sounds, the robot boy’s adventure will automatically continue as long as he has enough HP, even while the app is closed. You might miss some events, but don’t worry about it.
 There’s almost no text in this game.

So whenever you feel like it, load dreeps up and check on the robot boy’s adventure. Or, leave it running on your desk while you work, study, or snack. Play however you want, and take it at your own pace.

Visuals and sound can give you hints to what sort of story is unfolding in this little world. But use your imagination! Take those hints and try to guess just what’s happening. Oh! And don’t forget that you can share screenshots of and thoughts about the game by pressing the “Share” button.

dreeps was created to give the player the ability to enjoy a story little by little, day by day. With beautifully crafted art and animations, this is a new kind of game that’s easy to pick up and simple for anyone to learn.

source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dreeps-alarm-playing-game/id953366068?mt=8

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Cobra Club HD by Robert Yang

Cobra Club HD (Robert Yang, 2015)

Cobra Club HD is a free photo studio game about body image, privacy, and dick pics.

If selfies argue that all faces are worthy of memory, dick pics show how all cocks are worthy of consideration. In the vein of noble projects like Critique My Dick Pic, we wish to “take back” the dick pic from the clutches of creepy congressmen and tabloid headlines. Popular discourse rightfully centers the consent of dick pic recipients, but government mass surveillance (Can They See My Dick?) also threatens the consent of dick pic senders, as state spy complexes admit they “collect it all” with almost no oversight or transparency.

To help re-imagine what dick pics can do for society, Cobra Club gives everyone, even people without dicks, access to the means of (dick pic) production though a fully-adjustable virtual 3D dick and versatile camera controls. It is both no one’s dick and everyone’s dick. Perhaps the dick pic is democracy itself…

source: https://radiatoryang.itch.io/cobraclub?download

 

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Beyond the aesthetics of dicks, though, Yang is also playing with ideas of surveillance and of privacy and self-presentation. He talks specifically about the Edward Snowden interview John Oliver conducted for Last Night Tonight where dick pics are referenced in relation to the data the US government collects as part of surveillance programs bringing into question the consent and privacy of the sender.

When you zoom out and get far more of your character in shot you’ll notice his face is pixellated – a nod to the desire for privacy, for not being outed, even to you, the usually powerful puppetmaster.

source: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/29/cobra-club-dick-pic-game/

Specter Snap

Specter Snap (Tim Ned Atton, 2015)

Specter Snap!
You’re a walking exorcist camera, out to save the world by snapping ghosts. Take a spooky close-up or zoom out to capture large swaths of ectoplasmic baddies. Jump around to get the best shots, for the most points. Only you can prevent a spectral selfie epidemic!

source: https://timnedatton.itch.io/specter-snap

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screenshots from game, played on 2018-07-05 (online)

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura (Anteater Games, 2015)

 

An ancient tower in a forgotten land. A lone photographer on a desperate search. A once-in-a-lifetime chance. Camera Obscura is an innovative puzzle-platformer illustrated with carefully crafted pixel graphics and set to a beautiful custom soundtrack. Use the unique “afterimage” mechanic to temporarily clone the Tower’s architecture – spanning gaps, creating staircases, and freezing platforms in place.

source: http://www.cameraobscuragame.com./

Photo Fight!

Photo Fight! (Christine Gagne, Garrison Davis, Jayson Fitch, Jim Arnold, Matt Gall, Rob Cigna, Tristan Meere, 2015) submitted to Ludum Dare 32 (April 17th-20th, 2015)

Are you ready for a photoshoot? In “Photo Fight,” up to four players duke it out in the craziest networked camera FPS deathmatch you’ll ever play! Race across three floating islands as you ragdoll other players by setting up the perfect shot. Collect filters to enable horse masks, floaties, goatees, and more! Prove your photography skills over a strict time limit and watch the bodies pile up. Line up the perfect shot and utter the words of power: Say Cheese!

NOTE: This is a networked multiplayer game, you’ll need some people to join you to engage in combat, but feel free to explore even by yourself!

2-4 players
Networked Multiplayer

Instructions: Take photos of other players to gain points. One photo of each enemy will be scored; the game will automatically submit the highest scoring photo. Line up your distance, angle, and zoom to get the best score, and get filters or multiple players on the screen for a bonus multiplier. All photos are scored and displayed at the end of the time limit. Most important: have fun!

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source: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-32/?action=preview&uid=53144

play it online: http://www.darkwindmedia.com/PhotoFight/PhotoFightWeb.html

 

The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion Pack (Photography Skill)

The Sims 4 (Maxis, The Sims Studio, 2014) has a dedicated simulation of commercial photography in “The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion Pack” (2015).

The Photography Skill comes with The Sims 4 Get to Work expansion pack. From a phone to a fancy camera. Sims who are skilled in Photography will have greater success as they hone their skills by taking lots of pictures, upgrading their equipment, experimenting with picture settings and using the In a Flash Photo Studio. Take photos of one Sim or 2 Sims. You can take photos of adult Sim but you also have the option to take photos of kids. When you are taking the picture you will have the option to choose filter, size or a backdrop but you can’t change poses if you are taking the photo. To change the pose you need to take a new picture.

You can buy 3 different digital camera’s: Barely Better Digital Camera, Crystal Clear Digital Camera and the Appreciably Average Digital Camera. The higher the price the better the digital camera.

Do a number of things with Photos taken, such as hanging them on walls, selling them in retail stores, or converting Photos to Memories. You also have the option to give the photo a name.

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Photography Skill Levels

The Photography skill only has 5 levels and doesn’t really unlock anything. The only thing it does is that you can take better quality photo’s you can sell for a higher price.

Level 1

  • Photography skill will allow to capture the world around. The road to creating photographic masterpieces takes some time but the higher the skill level the better photos.

Level 2

  • Don’t forget those selfies!

Level 3

  • The quality of the camera matters! Cheaper cameras are great to learn with but spending a few more Simoleons buys a camera that can zoom and take larger pictures.

Level 4

  • You can earn extra Simoleons by taking pictures of other Sims using the In a Flash Photo Studio.

Level 5

  • Open a photo gallery to share (and sell) photography art with other Sims!

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source: http://sims-online.com/sims-4-photography-skill-guide/

 

Freeze me

Freeze me (Rainy Night Creations, 2015) employs a camera with magical abilities as a core game mechanics. Taking pictures freezes the objects photographed, transforming the metaphor of the freezing of time through photographic capture into a feature usually seen in game weapons.

FreezeME is a A 3D platformer in the style of the 90s-era but wait there is a twist! The main character “R” has one special tool – a camera around her neck. This camera allows her to literally freeze the objects she photographs.

source: https://store.steampowered.com/app/390210/FreezeME/