The small things in games are what get your attention. The ability to construct a world that seems seemless is what we don’t look for, but notice if it is lacking. Realism is not a given, nor necessarily a needed attribute in a game for it to succeed, to cite World of Warcraft’s highly stylized graphics.
Which leads me to my favorite piece of art in all of Everquest II. It has a plaque, but I have not been able to get a title from the game, so I invented my own. “Triumph of the Valkerie.” The use of a fountain to reflect the moment, so to speak, and the artist’s capture of motion is wonderful. Now I know you may be reading this thinking, “What the hell? It’s a statue in a video game.” But does that detract from the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the work? Did the programmer/graphic artist not give the image some emotion and humanist characteristics? My answer is yes, and because of the great sense movement, a snapshot of a moment, I absolutely love it. I also didn’t want to shrink it to post here, so you will have to click to see it.