Back in January, Nicholas Lund wrote a delightful story for Audubon magazine about the extraordinary level of attention to detail given in the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2" to the simulated natural environment circa 1899. Lund explores the game's hyper-realistic pixelated birds of the Wild Wild West in the "pre-conservation era," which he describes as "exist(ing) in a time where humans mainly viewed birds—and all of the natural world—as ripe for exploitation rather than appreciation." It's a wonderful examination of how advanced video game technology has gotten to present gamers such a comprehensive virtual ecosystem that you can inhibit, giving you the freedom to enjoy a historical snapshot of nature through the lens of the game. — James Crugnale
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