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There's a Facebok group called Dead Mall Enthusiasts. It's a fascinating collection of photos people have taken of abandoned malls across America. There are all kinds of socioloical reasons why that's interesting, but what's really got me is how they look like a video game artist's portfolio come to life.

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Left 4 Dead. Dead Rising. The Last Of Us. Sometimes, in the worst cases, even Fallout. I could have told you these were screenshots, or pieces of concept art for those games and you'd probably have believed me.

Makes you wonder how many game artists have made trips out to malls like this for inspiration, since they seem to have got it so perfect...

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Related is the fantastic gallery of Johnny Joo, whose site Architectural Afterlife chronicles abandoned buildings throughout America.

Illustration for article titled Abandoned Malls Look Like Sad, Empty Video Games

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Illustration for article titled Abandoned Malls Look Like Sad, Empty Video Games
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Illustration for article titled Abandoned Malls Look Like Sad, Empty Video Games
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[Images: Johnny Joo]

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