The Art of Dying, Just Cause 2 Style

Square Enix has spent the last year collating over 11 million player deaths within Just Cause 2 and the result is a rather artistic map of death. The map flys all across Panau and for every death suffered in the game Square Enix have placed a small white dot, in essence a players tombstone.

Square Enix’s Jim Blackhurst commented on the video saying, “It’s the spatial co-ordinates of every single-player death by impact in Just Cause 2, that’s over 11 million events, and each one’s represented by a tiny dot on the map.”

Looking through the video some locations naturally stand out more than others, most notable Panau’s nightclub and the coasts where you generally start the game.

You can watch the video below, or via the Just Cause 2 Monster Media page.

This video also gives Square Enix a look into how gamers are playing Just Cause 2 and it will no doubt show the scale of how much gamers have played this third person shooter.

“The lessons that we’re learning are very non-game specific, but it definitely informs the decisions we have on level design in future projects,” says Jim, “We’re understanding more about how the users are flowing through the world and how this branches off from the narrative structure.”

Lee Matthews

Lee is an avid gamer, photographer, film buff and sports fan. A scaly brat since birth it only seemed right for him to join Her Majesties Armed Forces of which he has been a proud member ever since. Despite a long absence from gaming, during which he spent many a night reminiscing about the glory days on Halo 2, Matty is now back online smashing his way through Black Ops and soon enough Gears of War 3 and Battlefield 3.

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