Michigan : Report from Hell (Grasshopper Manifacture, 2004)
As part of a three-man news crew from Zara Television it is your job to report on the drama as it occurs. Your role in proceedings is passive, and one almost like a director observing his cast and crew. […] But you do not merely sit back and watch colleagues fighting for their lives. Capturing the action is part of the game, but by searching rooms and environments you can identify potentially life saving (or puzzle solving) items by zooming in on them. Failure to do so may result in another path being taken, or at worse your female reporter dying in a gruesome encounter.
Dark Clouds 2 is a PlayStation 2 game where photography is both part of the game mechanics as well as an extra feature to offer free photo taking opportunities.
Some pictures will add points to the game and will increase the character’s “photography level”.
Paparazzi for Playstation 2 (HuneX, 2005, original title: The Camera Kozou) is a photography simulation game where the player has to take pictures of models, with the possibility to request the model to look at the camera, to “adopt a charming pose”, “adopt a sexy pose” and “get a kiss on the fly”. The player/photographer can also dance, jump and wave hands to build empathy with the subject and it’s possible to move around the photo shoot location to take the best shots of the model’s performance.
While the content of the game is questionable, with much of the game’s 3D physics simulation spent on rendering the bouncing of the models’ oversized breast, the camera simulation in manual mode contains many parameters rendered directly from analogue cameras (namely flash, zoom, focus, aperture and shutter speed).
In Bully, a game released in 2006 for Playstation 2, the player has to complete missions which require to take photographs.
The goal of each class is to take photographs of the subjects assigned by Ms Philips; these vary from objects around the school to people in the surrounding town. You’ll have a time limit in which to take the photos.
The photos have to satisfy a certain degree of quality however; the image border will be green if the photo is good enough, and red if it’s sub-standard.