Apotheon: when ancient Greek art meets visual poetry through gamingBlack-figure and red-figure vase painting style
that took over Greek pottery between the late 6th c. and early 4th c. BC inspired the design of a new video game
. Beginning probably from the thought that to the ancient Greeks, these vases would have been experienced with the same sort of excitement as we experience video games now
, the designer of the game, called Apotheon
, chose to put his hero acting within a scenery reproducing figurative vase painting .
, the player's avatar is Nikandreos
, a soldier on a quest to defeat Zeus when Hera, Queen of Olympus, calls on him to bring down the corrupt pantheon of Greek gods. Despite that plot it is like Mortal Combat
, this game is a lyrical affair
, as elegant as the art that inspired it.
And as writer John Brownlee
says, "If (poet) Keats had been alive 200 years later, he might have quit his job and become a game developer, not a poet. And if he had, Apotheon
might be his Ode To A Grecian Urn.