You no longer have to be an all-out nerd to enjoy video games; in fact, recent reports suggest that over 3 billion people now regularly enjoy gaming, whether that’s on a console, PC or mobile device. As such, the development of new and original titles is more varied that ever before.
But how does gaming relate to interior design and home décor? The answer is: just like how it relates to every other hobby, interest and career path on the planet. If there is an interest in something, then you can guarantee that it will have been gamified by now. You’re probably familiar with the popular phrase, ‘there’s an app for that’ – well, there’s a game for that too! Even outside of interior design-specific games, plenty of inspiration can be taken from carefully crafted gaming environments and then translated into innovative new ideas for your home décor projects.
Here is a list of some of the very best titles from which to glean inspiration next time you have a few minutes (or hours) to kill.
This first choice may seem like an unusual one, but award-winning indie game Hades has impressed a global audience for much more than just its excellent gameplay. Released towards the end of 2020, it has been hailed as a masterpiece in style within the gaming world. Taking the theme of Ancient Greek mythology as their baseline, developers Supergiant Games have created a rich, inventive and visually stunning world that will have you reaching for the velvet drapes and terracotta vases in no time at all. As the game progresses, its world fills up with more and more beautifully crafted designs, taking you from decadent Hades all the way up to exquisite Elysium and back again. This is a must for those of us who enjoy everything sumptuous, luxurious and extravagant when decorating.
Classic Table Games
Speaking of luxuriant glamour, players who enjoy a more traditional form of gameplay would do well to investigate the thriving online table game scene. Ranging from the charm and excitement of a classic casino setting right through to the understated beauty of the chess board, there is an unexpected amount of inspiration to be taken from this sector. Platforms such as Pokerstarscasino.com have worked hard to bring that irreplaceable Vegas charisma onto the screen, just as games at Chess.com reflect the style and sophistication of Netflix favourite, The Queen’s Gambit. Whether you’re after a little bit of snazz and pizazz or prefer things clean, calm and ordered, you’re bound to find ideas amongst these time-honoured titles. This is the perfect option for those of us who don’t want to commit to hours of progressive storyline, but instead are looking for something a little more spontaneous.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Since its release in March 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become a worldwide phenomenon. Exclusively available on Nintendo’s Switch console, the latest title from this successful social simulation franchise has sold at least 31 million units and that number is increasing all the time. Within the game, players are given free reign over their entire island space, with the ability to construct and move buildings, use terraforming to create rivers, ponds and cliffs, and decorate the land with all sorts of crafted items. However, perhaps the most exciting feature lies in home decoration. As the game progresses, the player can continuously upgrade their living space by building extensions and extra floors, as well as decorating the walls, floors, and the rooms themselves. There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of furniture pieces available, along with flooring, wallpapers and accessories. Real enthusiasts can use the Custom Designs feature to create their own pixel art for use as character clothing, flooring, artwork and more. The in-game possibilities are truly endless, and you’ll find yourself wanting to replicate that Animal Crossing cuteness in real life surprisingly quickly.
The Sims 4
As the best known social simulation game for many years, The Sims was revolutionary when it first appeared on the scene. The year 2000 saw the release of the original title, quickly followed by several expansion packs and sequels in both 2004 and 2009. These previous games are a lot of fun to look back on, but they simply don’t have the scope or processing power of a modern video game. However, The Sims 4 (2014) and its subsequent spin-offs are firmly grounded in the modern gaming world, offering features like online play, improved graphics and faster loading times. Different players choose to focus on different aspects of the game, like the Legacy Challenge, Rags to Riches Challenge and Ultimate Survival Challenge. However, we’re mostly interested in building, renovating and decorating houses and residential lots. There has been some criticism levelled at the latest iteration of the game for having less content than previous titles, but there’s still plenty there to keep you happy for hours, days and weeks at a time. Whereas Animal Crossing: New Horizons focuses on a cutesy aesthetic, The Sims has more of a real-world feel which is great for trying out your own design ideas before committing to them IRL.