Videogame Atlas: Mapping Interactive Worlds


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By Luke Caspar Pearson and Sandra Youkhana

A dazzling look at modern videogame worlds seen through an architectural lens, utilizing maps, diagrams, and graphic illustrations to offer new perspectives on the art of virtual world building.

Videogame Atlas presents a journey through twelve well-known videogame worlds via panoramic maps, intricate exploded diagrams, and detailed illustrations. The book offers a playful new way of seeing these beloved virtual worlds using the practices and academic rigor that underpins real-world architectural theory.

Titles such as Minecraft, Assassin's Creed Unity, and Final Fantasy VII are explored in exhaustive detail through over 200 detailed illustrations of the micro and macro, each with supporting commentary and architectural theory. Taking influence from high-end architectural monographs, the book is carefully designed to the smallest of details and its production is intricately executed.

This book, printed in five colors, with neon ink throughout, is a culmination of Luke and Sandra’s work, which includes founding the Videogame Urbanism studio at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL that promotes the use of game technologies in architectural education.

With a foreword by Marie Foulston, independent video games curator

Design by Julia in collaboration with Darren Wall

Published by Thames & Hudson, 2022

Hardcover, 288 pages, full color, 9.8 × 13.7 inches

ISBN: 978-0-50-002423-2

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