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A unique collection of analogue photography exploring the virtual cities of video games.

The Continuous City is a photographic journey through the most exciting, diverse and strange urban spaces of our time, those of video games. Structured as a travelogue through a rich tapestry of different virtual cities, it draws out aesthetic connections between game spaces across genre, style and setting.

But rather than simply catalogue these spaces, The Continuous City uses unique techniques to photograph them with a 35mm camera, blurring the line between the real and the virtual. The result is a collection of images that feel uncannily real but are rooted in a world of impossible architecture and unreal worlds.

 

 

From the obsessive reproduction of Los Angeles in Grand Theft Auto V to the fantasies of empire and industry in Dishonored's Dunwall, this book turns a dreamlike focus to these beautiful, bizarre and undeniably powerful virtual cities. The first book from Heterotopias, a digital magazine and site dedicated to architecture and games, The Continuous City is a rich journey into the impossible urban spaces of games.

About the Book

  • A full colour hardback with head and tail bands
  • Approximately 160 pages
  • Large coffee table format - 254 x 287mm
  • Contains over 200 photographs

 

 

About Heterotopias:

"Heterotopias is animated by a sense of slow-burning anarchic experimentation that feels in short supply in the churn of constant media production."

-Waypoint

"Both beautiful and illuminating."

-Harvey Smith, Arkane Studios

"The long-awaited body of work to bind architecture and video games."

-Nick Capozzoli, videogame critic

"Heterotopias is a smart and beautiful zine."

-Martin Robinson, Features Editor, Eurogamer

 

Heterotopias is a project focusing on the spaces and architecture of virtual worlds. Having released 3 issues last year to wide critical acclaim, it is now entering the next stage in its development. The Continuous City is at the centre of this, but alongside it the zine will launch 3 more issues this year. Containing original game photography, beautiful design and some of the best and most original writing about games and architecture available, Heterotopias represents a unique project that brings a new focus and approach to the virtual worlds that surround us in our daily lives.

www.heterotopiaszine.com

 

 

Gareth Damian Martin is a writer, game designer and artist. He is the editor and creator of the games and architecture zine Heterotopias as well as a Eurogamer columnist and respected games journalist. He was recently nominated for the prestigious New York Game Critics Circle Games Journalism Award and his writing has been described by Arkane Studio’s Harvey Smith as “both beautiful and illuminating.” As a game designer he led the winning team in 2017’s Dreamhack Jam, and his first commercial game, In Other Waters was recently funded on Kickstarter and is currently in development. His work as a game photographer has appeared on Kotaku and US Gamer, and he is also a History and Theory tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he teaches on the intersections of video games and urbanism.

Introduction

At times all I need is a brief glimpse, an opening in in the midst of an incongruous landscape, a glint of lights in the fog, the dialogue of two passers-by meeting in the crowd, and I think that setting out from there, I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, of signals one sends out, not knowing who receives them.

- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The spaces of video games form one of the most complex, contradictory and strange bodies of architecture ever created. Countless worlds, some no bigger than a corridor, others many kilometres across, none of which we can truly enter. Each one seems at once useless and essential, a space that can contain no life, and yet which is derived directly from it. They may have started out as labyrinths and playgrounds, but the spaces of games can now be said to encompass characters, arguments, ideologies, narratives, ideas and experiments. Each one is a proposition, no matter how small or innocuous. They propose new spaces, new ways of using space, of seeing it and understanding it.

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In Focus: Novigrad

Monday, 2 July 2018

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This is the third in a set of updates that focus in on some of the iconic virtual cities that will feature in The Continuous City, and how they have been photographed to reveal them in a new light.

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When I decided to include the city of Novigrad from CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt I knew immediately which sections of the book the city would be split between. In The Continuous…

Workshop, Talk and Virtual Cities

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to do a quick update to let you know about of couple of things. Also, we'll have another In Focus update coming soon, focussing on a specific city, so keep a look out for that.  

Firstly I wanted to bring your attention to Konstantinos Dimopoulos and Maria Kallikaki's book (also on Unbound) Virtual Cities

Virtual Cities is a survey of some of the most notable…

In Focus: Jirga Para Lhao

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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This is the second in a set of updates that focus in on some of the iconic virtual cities that will feature in The Continuous City, and how they have been photographed to reveal them in a new light.

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You may never have heard of Jirga Para Lhao—as the central city of Gravity Rush 2 it wears its name lightly, favouring an association with the wider series instead—and yet you might remember…

In Focus: Dunwall

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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This is the first in a set of updates that focus in on some of the iconic virtual cities that will feature in The Continuous City, and how they have been photographed to reveal them in a new light.

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Dunwall is the first name that comes to my mind when I think of videogame cities. Not because it represents them as a whole, or is some kind of median point among these virtual urban spaces…

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Laura Nadal
Laura Nadal asked:

Hello,
I was wondering when the physical copies would be shipped ? I'm studying away from home and I would like to know which shipping address I should enter. Would be a shame having my book shipped back to the sender.

Gareth Damian Martin
Gareth Damian Martin replied:

Hi Laura, unfortunately it's difficult for us to know, as it depends when the project gets funded. Unbound gives a 10-12 month time from when the manuscript is submitted until publication, so if we are funded soon it will likely be early next year. Hope that helps!

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