Tuesday, May 17, 2005

New Legend of Zelda game screenies

Screenshot detailGameSpot has posted some The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess screenshots. I was particularly impressed by the art direction - the detail in these screenshots is impressive, but the staging and the mood effects are pretty compelling, too. (If you look closely, you'll see different environmental effects, such as the "floating crap in the air" a'la Legend in the more serene places, pinned yellow glows in forest glades, and dirt tromped up by horses and war pigs in the mounted battle scene.)

These are the sort of production values that game titles are starting to lean towards. The gap between what an entertainment title can achieve and what an educational title can achieve is widening into a yawning chasm, which is going to make it that much more difficult to teach in the context of games, because we can no longer even approximate the sorts of immersive experiences players get when they play the AAA titles.


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