Life Imitates Art

January 26, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Barack Hussein Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, taking the oath on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. while millions of his fellow Americans cheer him on.

Among the many photographs taken of this historic inauguration, perhaps none are quite as astonoshing as this one, taken by the Geo-Eye sattelite, the same one used by Google-Earth. During their post-inauguration coverage, I watched Wolf Blitzer and John King show this image off, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of perhaps the most pleasant gaming surprise of 2008:

The Last Guy, released last year as a downloadable game on the PlayStation 3, has quickly become one of the most unique and memorable games out on the market, and proof positive that PSN can offer just as many interesting titles as its more attractive cousins over at X-Box Live and Steam.  What stuck me about the game was its theme of real-world rescue, guiding huge crowds of survivors past arrays of deadly monsters in a Google-Earth friendly landscape. It’s not often that you get a chance to see huge mobs of humanity like that in real life, even in satellite imagery. So it’s heartening to witness the masses congregate out of hope and celebration in real life instead of the terror and panic of the game.

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