Photo-copy (Cliffordius, 2018).
itch.io link: https://cliffordius.itch.io/photo-copy
You’ll walk about Black Rock City, site of the Burning Man festival, and try your best to re-create some photos. Identify the landmarks in the photos, find the right place to stand, and choose just the right angle.
The city layout, camps, and landmarks are all procedurally generated.
It’s a first-person shooter in which you shoot photos.
#nofilter (jekagames, 2017)
A picture-taking toy where you take snapshots from a bedroom and post pictures to an Instagram clone with randomly selected captions and hashtags. Made for GAMERella 2017 with Jess Marcotte, Serena Fisher, and Diana Lazzaro.
screenshot from game, played on 2018-07-05 (online)
Specter Snap (Tim Ned Atton, 2015)
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!
screenshots from game, played on 2018-07-05 (online)
Vanessa’s Naughty Pics (Orb Games, 2007)
Play it online: http://www.y8.com/games/vanessas_naughty_pics
Celebrity Hunt (Fastgames.com, Begamer.com, 2012).
Be a paparazzi. Hunt celebrities with your camera and prepare an awkward situations for them. Take a perfect scandalous front page picture, maybe you will win a prize at the end. Use only your mouse to point and click causing a chain of actions and reactions.
play it online: http://www.begamer.com/flash-game/23649/celebrity-hunt/
The Trials and I Wish I Were The Moon (Daniel Benmergui, 2008) are two online games developed in Flash, part of the Moon Stories Trilogy.
They implement two slightly different picture taking mechanics through an interface that looks like a magic camera, able to copy-paste an image (The Trails) or cut-and-paste it(I Wish I were the Moon).
Play The Trails online here: http://ludomancy.com/trials/index.html
Play I Wish I Were The Moon here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/danielben/i-wish-i-were-the-moon
WE BECOME WHAT WE BEHOLD (Nicky Case, 2016) is an online game on photographic media and how images affects our perceptions and shape our behaviours and society.
The only photographic function that can be controlled is framing (point & click), before taking a picture. A picture is then automatically “distributed” on the main square’s media channel with an added caption that “interprets” the action portrayed in the image.
Play it online here: https://ncase.itch.io/wbwwb
Barbie Fashionistas Photo Shoot is an online game by Mattel, where players can set up a stage, design it with props and wallpapers, and have a virtual barbie doll pose and take snapshots. Saved photos can be printed.
Apart from simulating elements of fashion studio photography (set up lights, put up a fitting background, have a model pose for the camera…), Barbie Fashionistas Photo Shoot seems to be almost a simulation of a simulation (a digital simulation of a doll, which in turn attempts to mimic the real thing). This ambiguity seems to be hinted in the title screen “pretend you’re a photographer”, where the player is reminded we are playing pretend (This however leaves us confused when at the end screen the game states “Wow you’re a fab fashion photographer!”, as if the process of pretending turned us into actual fashion photographers).
play the game online: http://www.mattel.com/games/barbie-fashionistas-photo-shoot