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Polaroids From The End of The World: DayZ Fan Blog Shares Sentimental Post-Apocalypstic Snapshots

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Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

Let's say the world ended tomorrow. Not ended ended, but ended in the the way it ends in so much post-apocalyptic fiction. The few remaining humans are left scavenging through increasingly limited ressources for things of use -- weapons, food, clothes, the usual. But among the potentially useful detritus of civilization, you still have all these now-useless artifacts of a much more comfortable time. When you're scavenging through suburban ruins with only have a pair of pants and a bottle of irradiated water to your name, what good is an old Polaroid camera?

Now it's no secret that I love a good videogame screenshot blog, but Apocalypse Polaroids, a collection of mock-Polaroid snapshots taken in mod-turned-standalone survival game DayZ, is a little different. It's an example of what that game does best -- Highlight the humanity (and inhumanity) of its players in some of the most unexpected ways -- condensed into images and framed in one of the most sentimental ways possible. Polaroid photos. Bent, dirty, scribbled on...

So it's the end of the world, and you have an old Polaroid camera. One pack of instant film. What would you do with it? You'd probably do the same thing you do with your camera now. You'd take pictures of your friends, you'd take pictures of your surroundings, you'd take pictures of the things that shock you and the things that inspire you. You'd record your life.

Be sure to check the Apocalypse Polaroids Tumblr out for yourself.

Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.

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Jo Yardley

I'm rather enjoying this game, mostly because of the unexpected way you get to interact with other people.

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