Look, Dead End Thrills
isn't here to forward the games-as-art "debate." It's simply a group of game enthusiasts (no doubt) that love turning their lens on digital environments and bringing out the best in those images. Dead End Thrills is a gallery and doesn't portend to be anything more. There's no Photoshopping done to their images, but mods are acceptable in their submissions, because they're about gaming
, not just games.
With the news of Valve filing a trademark for Half-Life 3
(which will undoubtedly turn out to be a fake), I perused Dead End Thrills and revisited their Half-Life 2 album
. The game's simple art style is still stunning, especially with how rooted in reality its architecture feels, even when it breaks out the hard sci-fi edges.