Welcome to the first edition of Sunday Spotlight! This brand-new feature spawned from the fact that Sundays are usually quite relaxed, and that you might want to see some great things from elsewhere on the internet, be that a video, article, podcast or even a game.
We’ll keep it strictly gaming themed, because that’s what we’re all about, but you should see plenty of variety over the coming Sundays. If you have anything that you think would be suited for Spotlight, feel free to email us at tips[at]thesixthaxis[dot]com and if it looks good, we may well post it next week.
We kick off our first Spotlight with a look at games and their worlds, via Andy Kelly’s beautifully executed Other Places YouTube series. Using some magic camera hacking trickery (and a decently specced PC, by the looks of things), he’s captured the essence of game worlds, making them feel more like real, living places than any narrative or gameplay ever could.
The world of Skyrim was first up, and with over fifty thousand views, it certainly has proved popular. It is, to put it simply, quite beautiful to watch.
There have been new Other Places entries every few days since then, with a look at the familiar city in the skies of Columbia – where the main portion of BioShock Infinite takes place – proving to be one of my favourite videos, and highlighting the beauty you could easily miss while shooting Handymen and rescuing Elizabeth, as well as featuring an incredibly chilling final shot.
Another video which proves unexpectedly brilliant focusses on the Aperture Laboratories of Portal 2. These videos really show how much time and love has been put into making these worlds which we visit through our gaming systems.
We’ve only featured the three videos here, but as of yesterday, there are nine videos in total, with more (including Rapture and the Mass Effect Universe) on the way. You can view all of these – and stay tuned for more – on Andy’s YouTube channel, including looks into the worlds of Borderlands 2, Mirror’s Edge, Alan Wake, Dishonored, Mafia II and Dear Esther.
Let us know what you think of these videos in the comments section below, as well as anything gaming related which you’ve found this week!