Video Games, Notre-Dame, and Unity
As you may have heard, the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has sustained severe fire damage. According to Business Insider, the main structure has been saved from the flames, but the spire collapsed. The entire world watched as one of the most magnificent structures in history burned.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, tweeted, “We will rebuild it. Together.” (A more complete translation: “We will rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral. Together. It is part of our French destiny. I am comitted: tomorrow a national subscription will be launched and well beyond our borders.”)
Cette cathédrale Notre-Dame, nous la rebâtirons. Tous ensemble. C’est une part de notre destin français. Je m’y engage : dès demain une souscription nationale sera lancée, et bien au-delà de nos frontières.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
This one phrase has built up support from all around the world from politicians, billionaires, everyday people, and maybe even the video game industry.
VR Creating Reality
If you are familiar with French video game company Ubisoft’s video game series Assassin’s Creed, then you know each game focuses on a particular set time in history and place. They develop each game with a keen attention to detail to build out the cities as realistically as possible.
In 2014, Assassin’s Creed Unity was released and the story was set in Paris. The Notre-Dame cathedral was a central piece of the game, so an immense amount of work went into recreating the structure for the game, as it would have been during the 18th century. According to an article published by The Verge, creating the cathedral for the game took about two years of modeling work.
The Ubisoft team creates immersive games that reflect our historical past; but now they have a chance to bring the past back to life. Now, I could do a full post on the importance of using virtual reality in the future to help save and rebuild structures (another time maybe); but this moment shows the promise of how video games can help the world.
We don’t yet know if Ubisoft has talked with the French government to allow the use of their digital resources for the rebuild.
How do you see video games interacting with the real world in the future? Let me know down in the comments below!