Memory as an anchor, as a structure, is the underlying theme of issue 002.
Featuring original artwork, photographs, and written features on NaissanceE, Metroid Prime, Wipeout and others.
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Issue 002’s cover feature on the cult exploration game NaissanceE is an unprecedented look at the architecture, making-of, and influences on the game. A screenshot series plumbing the depths of its striking, minimalist architecture is supported by an interview with creator Mavros Sedeño, and previously unpublished sketches of its modular structures. A supporting piece on the architect-turned-mangaka Tsutomu Nihei and his manga Blame! explores its powerful influence on NaissanceE and visual culture in general, illustrated with material from the newly released Master Editions.
002 also takes a look at the labyrinthine 2D spaces of classic game series Metroid, relating their cavernous mysteries to a lost history of brutalist architecture. This is accompanied by a series of 35mm black-and-white photographs of Metroid Prime that explore its 3D alien architecture, in a dreamlike study created through a unique technique for photographing games.
Rounding out 002 is a look at how the futuristic tunnels of Wipeout channelled the underground rave scene of the 1990s, while noted game developer Robert Yang dives into an examination of how chairs shape a sense of presence and absence in 3D worlds. The issue also hosts game urbanism expert Konstantinos Dimopoulos as he explores techniques of mapping game spaces.
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-Harvey Smith, Co-creative Director, Arkane Studios
“Heterotopias is a smart and beautiful zine, the meeting point between Foucault and video games I never knew I wanted.”
-Martin Robinson, Features Editor, Eurogamer
“What’s being created here is the long-awaited body of work to bind architecture and video games—firmly, finally—as twin studies of the play of forms under light.”
-Nick Capozzoli, Architect and freelance videogame critic