Culture - “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.”
The vision for Unique Drops has built into it the intent to be a reflection of not only games, but the players and the culture they create; within that culture lies multiple manifestations of player intellectual achievement - art.
Starry Night and The Mona Lisa are just paint brushed across a canvas, but somehow the pieces intrigued and even moved people. So much so that people began to want to know more about the artists behind these creations. What was the creator trying to capture? What is Mona Lisa smiling at? What was VanGogh like? Art historians trace Picasso’s artistic evolution as different periods in the same way anthropologists would trace Europe’s transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, reporting on important figures, places, occurrences, etc. that influenced the people or the era.
In comparison, video game art lacks the prestige and history. Acquiring these works is so simple as almost all of it is a Google search away, and there is rarely an “original print” to concern yourself with. Showing appreciation doesn’t require a trip to the Louvre; it can be as simple as a like on Facebook or double tap on Instagram, and you’ve shown your appreciation.
So much importance is placed on these pieces and their creators - but why? What is it about art - little more than a human recording colors or shapes in some medium - that can draw us in and stirs emotions.
And what could ever prompt humans to attempt such pieces over a…... game?
The answer comes in many forms, but the drive to create based on the definition above is “manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively,” which I take to mean that the game must have instilled something of personal value within you. For the artistic types in the world, that something may be strong enough that you feel the need to express its influence. So it’s more than just a high score we’re talking about here - it’s the experience you had getting there. It’s the stories told and characters loved and loathed and worlds visited and experienced. It’s the investment of not just your time, effort, or money, but the emotional investment made when you make that connection to a special game and allow yourself to become enveloped, enraptured, and inspired. More than that, the game may have been one of the influencers within a period of your life; a permanent connection with a game that coincided with your history. It could have been as a friend, a mentor, an enemy, a place.
With those attributes and influences, there is ample opportunity to achieve intellectually, both in real life, or in a game. From that achievement may rise your manifestation; your art.
In our culture, we’re not short for art or influence, but we lack for historians. So to that effect, we want to record and share the stories of our artists; be it paint, graphic design, sculptures, clothing, music, or any other medium, we will share. Games themselves are an artform made up of multiple disciplines combined in digital concert, so the creation of games is something we are striving to share stories of as well.
Please keep a close eye here for our upcoming articles, and thank you for reading.