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revolverjgw
(08-16-2011, 09:35 AM)
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GAF, I have a strange fetish. I love paintings and portraits on walls, and I can't resist stopping for a moment to carefully examine them. Whether it's a famous real-world piece or something done up just for the game by the concept artists, I love the ambiance of being able to stop and enjoy a good painting in the middle of a 3D world.

Just last night, I beat Mafia 2. The climax takes place in an observatory, and between slaughtering waves of wiseguys, I took some time out to peruse the photographs of planets and galaxies on the walls. They weren't very high-res, but it was nice to spend a moment contemplating the eerie awesomeness of a neutron star, I was kind of burnt out on killing people by that point.

Another thing I like is portraits of people on walls or desks. I guess most of them are mugshots of developers or their relatives, and sometimes that's annoying when I'm playing a game set in the Victorian era and there's some damn hipster in the picture. I like it when there's vintage portraits of real people. I often feel sad knowing that they're long dead, and never got to play this particular FPS. :-(

Anyway, yeah, it can be a nice mood-setting detail, naw mean? It's something I always appreciate. I'll watch other people play games, running through them and not even acknowledging this shit. Barbarians.

For such a specific interest, it's hard to find examples, but I found a couple of memorable paintings. There were tons of cool paintings all over the mansion in Clive Barker's Undying-



And of course, Silent Hill 2-

Chesskid1
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(08-16-2011, 09:36 AM)
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assassin's creed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amazing art and architecture. it was so beautiful it doesn't feel right in a game.

not to mention there are a ton of paintings. in the hidden clues, in buildings (like the sistine chapel), and you can even buy/collect art. they are real paintings too.
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(08-16-2011, 09:37 AM)
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blue's clues style
Papercuts
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(08-16-2011, 09:37 AM)
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[img]http://i52.************/nbrh42.jpg[/img]

Not want you wanted, but would be sinful to not mention.
watershed
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(08-16-2011, 09:38 AM)
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Ocarina of Time Ghost Ganon battle is themed around paintings. and yeah basically every level of mario 64. Pretty much every 3d Zelda game has paintings or art on the walls, I remember Wind Waker in particular had some cool art on some people's walls. Also the whole photo gallery thing.
Alxjn
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(08-16-2011, 09:39 AM)
I love some of the ones in Mirror's Edge.

luka
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(08-16-2011, 09:40 AM)
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

You must play it to understand.
XANDER CAGE
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(08-16-2011, 09:42 AM)
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Props for Undying, that game rocks.

Honestly, I've never been a huge fan of paintings in games - usually they clash with the visual design (realistic characters in a non realistic game, vice versa, etc) or they just look like weird low-res posters on the walls. Barely any game has made paintings look like a painting, although Mirror's Edge had a lot of cool modern art in it that looked properly hefty and textured.

This is, of course, a skewed view, as an arts major. If I didn't spend so much time around them I probably wouldn't care.
IonicSnake
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(08-16-2011, 09:42 AM)
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Took this not so long ago, it's from Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines.

Mr Touchdown
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(08-16-2011, 09:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by Alxjn

I love some of the ones in Mirror's Edge.

[img]http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/5032/mirrorsedge200912071509.jpg[img]

I want that on my wall.
radioheadrule83
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(08-16-2011, 09:46 AM)
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This sits in Hyrule Castle in Wind Waker:



This sits in Tetra's Cabin... her mother?

Dragonzord
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(08-16-2011, 09:47 AM)
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Shadows of the Damned has quite a few in the library level
XANDER CAGE
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(08-16-2011, 09:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by radioheadrule83

This sits in Hyrule Castle in Wind Waker:


is this before or after the Tetra=Zelda reveal? I totally never noticed the crew in the background.
thelatestmodel
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(08-16-2011, 09:52 AM)
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Fei's unfinished painting from Xenogears:
Lime
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(08-16-2011, 09:54 AM)
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Silent Hill 3:

















revolverjgw
(08-16-2011, 09:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lime

Silent Hill 3:

Ohhh yeah baby. I haven't played this since 2004, can't wait until the HD collection. I'm going to examine the SHIT out of these paintings.

Assassin's Creed 2 is a good example too. Very cool being able to collect real Renaissance paintings.
Belfast
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(08-16-2011, 09:58 AM)
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TacticalFox88
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(08-16-2011, 09:58 AM)
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Well...God of War comes to mind
Lime
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(08-16-2011, 09:59 AM)
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Another Vampire: Bloodlines painting:

Myriadis
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(08-16-2011, 09:59 AM)
In Ys VI:Ark of Naphishtim,there is a hallway with some bigger paintings on the walls.The camera actually pans to the painting when you come close enough to it.
Pretty cool for a game that's actually a fast-paced Action-RPG.
WoodenLung
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(08-16-2011, 10:05 AM)
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Was going to post pyramid head. There's really a lot of great paintings in the silent hill games but can't really seem to find more.

Edit : Well Lime found some of them!
Lime
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(08-16-2011, 10:32 AM)
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More from Silent Hill 2:





(not a painting, but I thought it was amusing to have along with all of these other "high art" kind of examples in this thread)
DiscoJer
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(08-16-2011, 10:40 AM)
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This would be a really cool art exhibit in a museum, actually. Better than a lot of modern art, IMHO...
Lime
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(08-16-2011, 10:51 AM)
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Tomb Radier Anniversary:



toddhunter
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(08-16-2011, 10:53 AM)
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Lime
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(08-16-2011, 10:54 AM)
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Hitman: Blood Money (notice the left painting)

Jintor
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(08-16-2011, 10:54 AM)
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Bloodlines really has some kickass paintings.

Where's the art exhibition ones re: Cain?
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(08-16-2011, 11:01 AM)
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When i first saw the topic, the first picture i thought of was the one from Clive Barker's Undying :) That game was pretty scary/spooky for me back in the days.
AlphaDragoon
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(08-16-2011, 11:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by thelatestmodel

Fei's unfinished painting from Xenogears:

Always loved this one.
radioheadrule83
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(08-16-2011, 11:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by BigJiantRobut

is this before or after the Tetra=Zelda reveal? I totally never noticed the crew in the background.

You can see it before -- its in black and white at first, behind the big statue of Link's ancestor, and when you draw the Master Sword you can see it in colour.
Whimsical Phil
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(08-16-2011, 11:07 AM)
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In the Animal Crossing games, you can collect paintings to fill up the town museum (or your home). Despite having a variety of cute names, they're all based on actual paintings. Here, for example, is "Famous Painting."



Here's a list of them: http://animalcrossing.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Paintings
Grimmy
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(08-16-2011, 11:08 AM)
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It's not in-game, but it's my favorite.
Raonak
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(08-16-2011, 11:14 AM)
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This thread needs thoes awesome paintings of MGS1, 2 and 3 in act3 of MGS4 (when talking to eva)

Originally Posted by Grimmy



It's not in-game, but it's my favorite.

That's from the Madonna del Granduca painting by Raphael:


Interesting they added a child though.
GDGF
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(08-16-2011, 11:26 AM)
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Great thread idea.

I too love looking at paintings in videogames.
Grimmy
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(08-16-2011, 11:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by ULTROS!

That's from the Madonna del Granduca painting by Raphael:


Interesting they added a child though.

Indeed it's Raphael's painting. And the 2nd child is completely on purpose. Read the text next to it and you know the game is heading somewhere sacrilegious.
RSLYG
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(08-16-2011, 11:31 AM)
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Samurai Shodown 2 Charlotte's stage




cupid gen-an!
Murkas
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(08-16-2011, 11:52 AM)
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Resident Evil 1 had cool paintings all over the place. I always examined them.

Resident Evil 4 had portraits of Saddler and Mendez as well.

These paintings were awesome. I can't find pics of them on Google. :(
UnluckyKate
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(08-16-2011, 11:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Belfast

And... /thread.
Schlomo
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(08-16-2011, 12:50 PM)
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I hated how in the Sistine Chapel in Assassin's Creed 2, they just C/P'd one painting over and over. It would have made this a really special room if it was actually a faithful reconstruction of the real place.
ScionOfTheRisingSun
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(08-16-2011, 12:56 PM)
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I see OP already mentioned "Misty day, remains of the Judgement" piece from Silent Hill 2, there is nothing left for me to do here.
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Mik2121
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(08-16-2011, 12:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schlomo

I hated how in the Sistine Chapel in Assassin's Creed 2, they just C/P'd one painting over and over. It would have made this a really special room if it was actually a faithful reconstruction of the real place.

Yep. It would have taken up so much memory space just for that, though, it wouldn't be even funny.
radioheadrule83
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(08-16-2011, 01:41 PM)
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This is OT, but I always liked this touch in Adama's quarters in Battlestar Galactica -- its a painting depicting a battle in the First Cylon war. The way you decorate rooms in anything - be it games, tv, movies - can really help with the world building

glaurung
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(08-16-2011, 01:49 PM)
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Two examples, but I cannot post pictures because I cannot find any and because some might be considered spoilerific.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 - during a meetup in a church, the walls are adorned in art that is actually the game's own artwork. Awesome.
  • L. A. Noire - during the beginning third of the game you will go to an art museum that is absolutely breathtaking. I guess you can enter the place at any desired time though.
Para bailar La Bomba
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(08-16-2011, 01:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by UnluckyKate

And... /thread.

The thread's not over until somebody shows the Braid portraits, ok?
Trick_GSF
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(08-16-2011, 01:58 PM)
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Resident Evil has always had good paintings.

[IMG]http://i54.************/e8mwy0.jpg[/IMG]
djtiesto
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(08-16-2011, 02:36 PM)
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I remember in Tales of Destiny there was a painting on the wall of a Japanese lady on the walls of one of the mansions in-game.. photorealistic painting, must've been one of the dev's wife or something.
Augemitbutter
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(08-16-2011, 02:43 PM)
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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence had paintings all over the castle. i wondered where they came from and i think every painting was unique to one room.
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(08-16-2011, 02:44 PM)
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(08-16-2011, 02:45 PM)
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Google image search completely failed me but there are some stunning paintings in Killzone 2 and 3.

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