Gamers in a trance

More and more I’m becoming interested in the effect of games on kids and, in turn, adults. I’m not convinced these games are as bad for people as they are made out to be. Whichever side of the spectrum your opinion falls, here is an amazing project called My Game Face by photographer British Robbie Cooper for the New York Times Magazine.

Robbi Cooper, My Game Face

Cooper used a Red camera, which is a high resolution video camera, and took film stills from the resulting footage. The kids are actually looking at a reflection of the game on glass in front of the camera.

Robbi Cooper, My Game Face

From New York Times Magazine:

“Cooper, who grew up in Britain and Kenya and played a lot of video games as a child, says he tries to capture ‘people interacting with worlds that aren’t real.’ In his last major project, which was published in the magazine in 2007, he photographed participants in Internet-based games with their virtual-world avatars. Cooper is particularly struck by the intensity of people’s experiences while interacting with digital realms … Cooper says, “It’s fascinating that a world that’s purely visual can have a physical effect.”

Robbi Cooper, My Game Face

Robbi Cooper, My Game Face

Robbi Cooper, My Game Face


What do you think?

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One comment

  1. Bailey

    Is this really what I look like? It must be a boring game


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