Hellblade’s Coolest Visual Trick

The intersection of art, story, and old video tech

Alex Rowe
5 min readMay 23, 2024

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Senua stands on a foggy beach in the opening area of Hellblade.
Nintendo Switch screenshot taken by the author.

I grew up enamored with the immersive possibilities for FMV (Full Motion Video) in the gaming world.

Games built around video content first appeared in arcades in the 1980’s thanks to the magic of LaserDisc technology. The video itself wasn’t digital, but the discs offered random seek access…

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Alex Rowe

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