Exploring the World Through Games (Part 2)

b1The Vanishing of Ethan CarterRed Creek Valley, Wisconsin.

One of the most interesting aspects of exploration in games are the rules by which the exploration applies; Can I interact with the objects around me? How far can I travel? Will the weather effect my experience? Can I return to a place that I’ve already been to?.. And so on. It might seem like these rules would be a bad thing, after all we do want the freedom to explore as much as possible, but I’ve found that as I explore the bounderies and possibilies in my gaming adventures, one of the best parts of it all is when I’m being surprised by how much I can do in a game. With that being said, here is the second part of the Exploring the World Through Games series.

b2The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Urban exploration in Red Creek Valley, Wisconsin.

The fictional location Red Creek Valley has a breathtaking, colorful scenery that will stay with you even after you’ve gone home. Despite the fact that this small town has seen better days, it’s a great location for people who love to do urban exploration, as there are a lot of abandoned buildings alongside the roads. Red Creek Valley is a peaceful place and a great location for those who need to unwind.

Here you can get an insight into how the developers used real locations to create the game.

b3 Bioshock Infinite, above the clouds in Columbia.

Columbia is a fictional city of wonder floating in the sky above the North American continent. Commissioned by the United States, the neoclassical city of Columbia was finished in 1893 and it manages to stay afloat due to quantum levitation. This also means that the city will stay suspended indefinitely. It truly is an inspirational destination and there are many technical innovations here for the curious to explore.

b4InFAMOUS: Second Son, street art in Seattle.

Seattle is a city with a great personality and many different areas to explore – the perfect mix between a vibrant city life with all it’s neon and beautiful lights and the atmosphere of a small town with it’s wooden areas and waters. Seattle is also home to some amazing street art. Why not walk around the city and explore the work of local artists?

If you’re curious and want to learn more about the city, you can read more about the game’s interpretation of Seattle here.

b5Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, sailing the Caribbean.

Have you ever dreamt about sailing the seas, singing shanties with your mates and living the pirate life? Well, then this might be the location for you. The untouched 18th century Caribbean seas with it’s turquoise waters and white beaches offers an unforgettable adventure. Experience authentic pirate villages, haunt for lost treasures on the ocean floor and drink the finest rum. (And the best part of all – When the pirate life starts to get too tough, you can always go home.)

b6King’s Quest, exploring the magical forests of Daventry.

Daventry is the fictional kingdom and village of King’s Quest, and if you think the picture up there is colorful, just wait until you start exploring the lush forests and sparkling rivers of Daventry yourself. The village of Daventry also have some cute shops worth visiting, and if you feel brave enough you can enter the tournament. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a unicorn or two as you explore the kingdom.

I’m as always curious to learn about the locations in games that you like and why they have stuck with you. Leave a comment below and I will make sure to look it up!


Author: Saga Grönqvist

Cultural project manager, sfx makeup entusiast, comic book collector, gamer and an adventurer at heart.

2 thoughts on “Exploring the World Through Games (Part 2)”

  1. This marketing class we are taking is going to be a breeze for you! You are tremendus att writing about things in a way that makes them interesting even for someone like me who isn’t a gamer. You are really selling it!


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