If you study videogames and architecture, a common response when people ask what you research is:
I think that’s about to change.
Designboom has posted a fascinating, well, let’s be honest, completely insane, look at proposed buildings in Dubai
Taking ‘The Cloud’ as an example, this “speculative design” for a resort that floats on massive struts 300 meters above the ground sounds like something Archigram might have concoted. But placed against the actual buildings under construction or in development ( The Burj Dubai and Hadid’s Dancing Towers come to mind), something as improbably as The Cloud seems a plausible reality.
What does architecture have to do with videogames? If videogame designers don’t get busy, soon the built environment will provide more exotic, fanciful and playful places than those fictional worlds inside the computer.
Strange, but true.