Ueli Alder’s “out there…” (2017) is a series that mixes photography from Swiss forests and landscapes from in theHunter: Call of the Wild (Expansive Worlds, 2017). Using infrared film and in-game photography, he plays with the boundaries of perception and challenges notions of realism in the photographic process at large.
Species Hunt (Frib, 2012) – submitted to Ludum Dare 24 (August 24th-27th 2012, 48 Hour Compo Entry).
Species Hunt! A game where you have to shoot birds! With a camera!
Enjoy a peaceful stroll on the beach while snapping some exotic (Ha! I mean common) birds. Try to take the best photo ever! Or fill up your collection of new species you have personally discovered, then name them after yourself! Or just enjoy the view and watch the birds muck about.
Requires XNA 4.0. Should work on most machines, but if it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll try to fix it ASAP!
Controls are editable in-game. But a quick rundown:
Move with WASD/arrows
Equip camera with RMB
Take picture with LMB
Show/hide photo album with tab
Run with shift
Zoom camera with Q/E or mousewheel
Photographs taken in-game can be saved for use outside the game. Simply click on the photo in the album, then save to disk. You can also enable autosaving every new photo taken automatically in the options menu.
The Hunter: Call of the Wild (Avalanche Studios, Expansive Worlds, 2009)
The Hunter: Call of the Wild is a hunting game that also features photography missions. The player can use a simulated smartphone camera to take pictures of the animals up close in order to pass the mission.
Main photo missions:
Side photo mission:
Some users have expressed their frustration in the photo missions, some pointing to the difference experience between the hunting and photographing gameplay. Photographic safari games are often connected to wildlife hunting game mechanics: they both rely on “point and shoot” actions, “look through the viewfinder/crosshair” aesthetics, “capture of the prey/moment” challenge. It’s interesting to follow these comments and the think about the difference between the experience of playing a hunting game vs. simulated wildlife photography.