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Art Direction Summit: The Synergy of Architecture and Structural Engineering in Game Art and Design


Synergy, or effectively "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," is applied to how knowledge of architecture can lead to emergent environments in the virtual world of video games. Design methodologies employed by notable architects paired with structural design principles, are taught as patterns that can be utilized by artist and designers to create virtual worlds where the user feels completely catered to. Realism of space is often seen as the only benefit when following real world architectural design principles, and this talk expands this into patterns that help guide an artist or designer into arranging spaces that subconsciously speak to the end user. It is the combined effect of many conditions that influence the user, and that synergy can be tapped into with games just as well as the real world.

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