This database collects information about games, art and narratives that use or represent machine vision technologies. It is currently (June 2021) nearing completion, but we are still fixing details and haven't yet completed the design. This is part of the ERC project Machine Vision in Everyday Life: Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Media

Machine Vision Situations

882 records
Situation Brief description Aesthetic Characteristics
Half-Life 2 (Disabling security camera vision)

Barney works with Civil Protection at the train station when Gordon arrives. Barney (hidden by his uniform) takes Gordon away for questioning and the latter must go into a room with a chair and floor covered in blood, and several security cameras. Barney turns off the security cameras, stating that he doesn't want anyone seeing this - implying Gordon's in for a beating. However, Barney pulls of his helmet and reveals himself: "Hey, sorry for the scare. I had to put on a show for the cameras." He wants to help Gordon get out of the station and away from the prying eyes of the Combine.

Half-Life 2 (City drone briefly blinding protagonist)

The first thing Freeman encounters after disembarking the train is being photographed, scanned and briefly blinded by a City Scanner drone.

Heavy Rain (ARI evidence detecting system)

The ARI (Added Reality Interface) is an experimental AR/VR/MR system linked to the FBI database. Agent Jayden has one ARI device (a pair of glasses and a glove that allows for physical interactions such as blood type investigation and scent or shoe-size identification). He uses the ARI to investigate crime scenes (detect and record information), sort through case files, and enhance the environment around him, but also just recreationally to play VR games.

The ARI is still experimental and Jayden is warned not to use it for too long at a time. There are hints that Jayden is addicted to the device, and if used too long (in-game time) later in the game, Jayden will begin to bleed from his eyes and eventually choke on blood and die.

Remember Me (Hacking visual memories)

Nilin hacks into and relives memories, and alters them so that the person will behave differently. It's presented as "altering memories" through a neural implant, making machine memories visible.

Cyberpunk 2077 (Silverhand's hologram)

Silverhand presents himself as a hologram to V. Since he's slowly taking over her body and replacing her consciousness, nobody else can se Silverhand's hologram.