Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
If you're a game enthusiast, Dead End Thrills is one hell of a site to follow. This blog is acked to the brim with screenshots that could be mistaken for promotional images or, in the case of the shot above taken in EVE Online, even concept art.
These shots aren't simply point-and-click (or even point-and-PrntScrn), but taken using mods, tricks, techniques, and tools that can improve lighting, alter the player camera perspective, and of course allow for stunningly high-res results. Of course all of this info is shared (along with a high-res download link), however not every aspect can be easily recreated without some technical know-how. To recreate the shot from EVE Online, for example, Dead End Thrills recommends "CCP 'Jessica' toolset, 3:4 and 2:1 ratio viewport, 15K tiledshot rendering, high in-engine antialiasing, custom FOV."
While you or I might not necessarily be able to take shots like this one ourselves, Dead End Thrills also has a sizable community, along with a Flickr group open to any screenshot-minded gamers looking to share their work. If you're looking to lose an afternoon ogling some of the most amazing virtual environments you've ever seen, Dead End Thrills is certainly a good place to start.