Genius Loci

By Rob Dwiar

A grand tour of video game landscapes and gardens

Friday, 29 April 2022

One year on...

It’s been a little while since my last update - Easter time, some birthdays, and the relentless work of the day job all play the parts, as always. Anyway, since my last update, we crossed over the one-year anniversary of Genius Loci!

It was just over a year ago that we launched the book and it has sped by. The thrill and exhilaration of the launch, and the fact that the book's start was so popular and fast, is something I'll not forget for a long time. However, I’m always keen to reignite the fire under the book, keep or regain momentum, and also just keep working toward the goal - just over 30% is a great chunk of the funding done, but there’s still a hefty amount left to raise. I hope I can count on your continuing support, spreading the word, and efforts on that. Oh, and don’t forget that you can upgrade your current pledge at any time too!


I mentioned Easter time being busy too but a visit to Germany also allowed me to see a part of that country I’ve not seen before and enjoy a wonderful springtime landscape, too. Just as it is here in the UK, the lush greens and dense foliage were back in force in continental Europe, and a walk around a lake was a perfect way for us to spend my mother-in-law’s birthday (followed by cold German beer in the sunshine too, of course).

And in another aspect of looking back, I recently played the first Halo game, more than 20 years after it first came out. It’s an alien setting in every sense, but this particular remastered version of the game allows one to, at the press of a button, switch between graphical representations of the world and environments; from how it was in 2001, to the remastered, finer representation from a few years ago. To enjoy this juxtaposition of video game landscape representations at the touch of a button, within one game was quite fun, and enabled several ‘wow moments’ of being able to see how far the tech and artistic execution have come.

I’m now looking forward to being out and about much more in the real world with some new golf clubs, while there are always more game landscapes to explore and research; until next time!


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Cris Hale
 Cris Hale says:

I enjoyed switching between the old and new Halo graphics (and sounds?) as well. Quite nostalgic in a 'wow, this was low quality' way!

posted 29th April 2022

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