It is said that you cannot go to London for more than five minutes without tripping over a Pret a Manger. This also applies to Dan Douglas ’facsimile Build Engine in the English capital, which features some of the most obsessively mundane recreations of British chain stores I’ve seen since someone put a Greggs in Far Cry 5.
Late last month, avid Twitter user Douglas began a modest project. Using the Build Engine (the tool used to power 3D Realms games like Duke Nukem 3D in the 1990s), he would recreate the office where UK Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock was trapped. violating coveted restrictions by cheating on his wife. Very current, very good things.
thinking about reinstalling duke nukem 3D to recreate Matt Hancock’s office in the construction engine with a security camera that works pic.twitter.com/0sAEeuztQIJune 27, 2021
The original goal was simply to concretize this office with a working security camera, in which I would imagine that sordid sprites would leak into the pixelated tabloids. But since then, Douglas has been a little carried away by recreating not just one room, but an entire English high street.
Like Far Cry’s Greg Crys, I love watching mundane, somewhat baffling British stores recreated in video games. Douglas' thread not only includes more middle-class retreats like Pret (a coffee chain vaguely adjacent to France) and a Sainsbury's grocery store, but shorthand photo development stores and a realtor vandalized with "Tory scum" graffiti .
It even includes a bespoke texture for Quorn sausage rolls, while admitting that the packaging "breaks continuity"since it was designed long before the Hancock scandal.
There’s something mesmerizing about seeing these kind of mundane, familiar objects built into games. In addition to the strange Watchdogs: Legion or Forza Horizon 4, we often don’t see Britain represented in the games, and when it does, it often clears itself of all the absurdly serious and embarrassing images that define this strange little island.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to recreate a Scotmid in Half-Life 2.