How Red Dead Redemption 2's landscapes are connected to 19th century art


  1. nicole haining

    nicole hainingIl y a 8 jours

    i love this video

  2. nicole haining

    nicole hainingIl y a 9 jours

    amazing.... how the symbolic images of a fantasized setting can connect ideologies that still resonate today in the American consciousness.

  3. Luke Traver

    Luke TraverIl y a mois

    Great video red dead 2 is gorgeous

  4. Matthew

    MatthewIl y a 2 mois

    couldn't just do a bit on videogame art direction without doing the bs white guilt thing, could you. smdh

  5. Giu Alonso

    Giu AlonsoIl y a 4 mois

    Holy moly, Clayton, this is absolutely stunning work! This is top-notch gaming content. Thank you for this!

  6. Aspiring Marauder

    Aspiring MarauderIl y a 4 mois

    The music is fucking me up because in conjunction with Screen Sunsets, it tells me that something bad is coming at night and I'm running out of time to prepare.

  7. Tim Stroud

    Tim StroudIl y a 5 mois

    i love this

  8. Kane Huff

    Kane HuffIl y a 5 mois

    Lmao! I almost forgot this was Polygon until the paintings turned out to be racist.

  9. The spy Mawsta

    The spy MawstaIl y a 7 mois

    Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. What a load of nonsense .Sorry but despite this contrived essay there is no significant connection between Rdr2 and Huson river school. Visually rockstar "did not look to art or film". Rdr2 is a composite ideal landscape just like most video games .Rdr2 does not exclusively use foreground shadow which rather is dependent on dynamic weather. The reason native Americans are a side story is because the story happens to be about white outlaws which historically existed (Duh). Not because Rockstar is somehow motivated by the resurrected spirit of manifest destiny to view native Americans as ancillary. Oh and At 1:45 You say "DECADES latter rock star Norths artist did the same thing". SERIOUSLY? Wth dude. We are 2 decades in the 21 st century Lol smh . Seems like you used the word decade instead of century latter because you thought this ridiculous premise would sound less far-fetched .Well sorry but it does not stand up to even a casual analysis .

  10. BaoBao's Music

    BaoBao's MusicIl y a 7 mois

    I didn't expect this video for a second, but it's amazing. I needed this in my life.

  11. Indira Sheumaker

    Indira SheumakerIl y a 8 mois

    This is really good

  12. fuvet

    fuvetIl y a 9 mois

    i mean, my family were farmers in the american west, and those are not what i think of

  13. Gurdulu

    GurduluIl y a an

    Isn't it Sublimely interesting that Rockstar did not intentionally emulate this kind of art, allegedly, yet it reached similar conventions when attempting to emulate real life? Strong argument for gaming as art right here.

  14. M The Capricorn

    M The CapricornIl y a an


  15. hemlockandvervain

    hemlockandvervainIl y a an

    This is a spectacular video, thank you so much.

  16. Mai Vançon

    Mai VançonIl y a an

    My new favourite art movement: *Luminism*

  17. Kyle Ohlson

    Kyle OhlsonIl y a an

    As a Hudson valley resident, and love rdr2 this is pretty cool 💯

  18. Walkmanboi

    WalkmanboiIl y a an

    Will you guys be interviewing Roger Clark? Like how you did Rob

  19. Caz

    CazIl y a an

    What an excellent video

  20. Dio

    DioIl y a an

    Well done.

  21. FlymanMS

    FlymanMSIl y a an

    Native Americans and their struggle is a huge part of MAIN story in this game, they show up as early as the end of chapter 1 and has an exntensive dialogue dedicated to them. They show up throughout the game several times. One of Arthur's best friends is a African-Indian American, he got a lot of development. The reservation story is the final act of the campaing. Saying that they are a side story is just not true.

  22. LazyRare

    LazyRareIl y a an

    Polygon be like: SEXIST!!! RACIST!!!!!!!

  23. Bob Bob

    Bob BobIl y a an

    The thumbnail is showing RDR2 with HDR on and off. The left side that looks washed out is HDR on.

  24. Person

    PersonIl y a an

    Wait, so you're telling me that a painting of the west and a video game in the west look the same?

  25. Maybe Silvan

    Maybe SilvanIl y a an

    Thank u for making this video!!!! I am an art history student and was so pleasantly surprised to find it on your channel. If this were a longer format it could be so cool to follow up with some contemporary indigenous artists who make work in response to settler-colonial art history. If anyone is interested I recommend Kent Monkman especially because he specifically paints in this style as a critique and also it's gay as hell. Michael Farnan, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson, Dana Danger, Nadia Myre, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and Coco Fusco are some other favs too.

  26. Sophia Alohinani

    Sophia AlohinaniIl y a an

    this channel makes my heart so happy

  27. XAdamskioX

    XAdamskioXIl y a an

    Well she looks happy to be alive

  28. Most Palone

    Most PaloneIl y a an

    This is the NerdWriter of polygon series

  29. Okha

    OkhaIl y a an

    What I got from this video: 1. Rockstar artists use the same light and value techniques as any other artists did to create landscapes. 2. Rockstar writers focused their main story on whites instead of focusing on the native Americans.

  30. Frog Stew

    Frog StewIl y a an

    This is so damn smart and good. Fantastic work, Polygon folks.

  31. J'zargo

    J'zargoIl y a an

    there was no genocide of native americans. great video otherwise

  32. Zubair Shah

    Zubair ShahIl y a an

    And thats what I call a brilliant advert

  33. TheFatLazyasscat

    TheFatLazyasscatIl y a an


  34. JimBoBeeps

    JimBoBeepsIl y a an

    Great educational video here, and beautiful paintings. Thank you.

  35. Leeroy Jankowski

    Leeroy JankowskiIl y a an

    Informative and well executed FRreporter needs more essays like this.

  36. Mahdi Hosseini

    Mahdi HosseiniIl y a an

    How can i dislike this video twise?

  37. CoryTheRaven

    CoryTheRavenIl y a an

    Polygon, 5:18 : "Which goes by another name..." Me: "Romanticism!" Polygon, 5:20 : "Manifest Destiny." Me: "FFS POLYGON! I can't even like pretty paintings without you calling me racist!"

  38. Chris Bergsten

    Chris BergstenIl y a 2 mois

    I was on board until the narrator decided to complain that a story that was very explicitly about a white man living in an area that had been almost entirely claimed by the white man (and is becoming increasingly settled by whites _as you play_ ) wasn't more about natives.

  39. ThyDyrty Wizyrd

    ThyDyrty WizyrdIl y a an

    This is one of those rare instances where someone is talking about a niche interest of mine and I get to sit in a corner and circle jerk about the same subject.

  40. Lilllice

    LillliceIl y a an

    The paintings remind me strongly of Breath of the Wild, namely the one at 3:40.

  41. Lilllice

    LillliceIl y a an

    It really makes you FEEL like America

  42. Kirk McCosker

    Kirk McCoskerIl y a an

    Honestly, you're being a bit disrespectful. Native Americans were typically portrayed as wholesome, honorable and innocent. At worst they were portrayed as fearsome warriors. Whereas (ashcan's) urban culture was portrayed as depraved and foolish, but also vibrantly multicultural. You can see a bit of that in San Denis and Blackwater.

  43. gamerzpro

    gamerzproIl y a an

    I actually forgot this is a video about RDR2 because I was so immersed and amazed by the paintings

  44. Maqsimous

    MaqsimousIl y a an

    What were they trying to get away with by saying they didn't take "inspiration" from things like this? Are we to believe that this is all just pure original work? Yeah the fuck right. Even Tolkien was inspired by things in the world & from history when he wrote The Lord of the Rings. What a bunch of fools. They should be proud to admit their inspiration came from art like this, not fucking fake it.

  45. cassidy

    cassidyIl y a an

    woah this is cool, mainly because i’m from the hudson valley/catskills and i love rdr2 haha

  46. Michael Layden Stevenson

    Michael Layden StevensonIl y a an

    more content like this plz n thx

  47. Ethan Manning

    Ethan ManningIl y a an

    This was a very good video essay

  48. Leandro Gomes

    Leandro GomesIl y a an

    This game is a beautiful art piece! There are so many ways we can connect it to the American South in literature and cinema as well. They mix beauty and the grotesque accurately

  49. Doolin DoHDoH BiRDS

    Doolin DoHDoH BiRDSIl y a an

    I named my horse Mac Miller

  50. Doolin DoHDoH BiRDS

    Doolin DoHDoH BiRDSIl y a an

    @Mats Fjell Cool, gunslinger Joe?

  51. Mats Fjell

    Mats FjellIl y a an

    dohdoh Buddha bird i named mine Joseph Stallion

  52. Aking213

    Aking213Il y a an

    Great video. Thank you for pointing out the obvious and speaking about the injustices my indigenous ancestors still deal with.

  53. El Dub

    El DubIl y a an

    Goose bumps

  54. Ed Ness

    Ed NessIl y a an

    I’m an artist, and I actually learned something here today. RDR2 is my favorite game ever created, just for the extreme, and exaggerated landscapes.

  55. BINOMAN007

    BINOMAN007Il y a an

    Great video, but history isn't black and white, but shades of grey. There were atrocities carried out by both sides Native Americans and American settlers, just as there were great things done. You had passive tribes and aggressive tribes, just as you had settlers who wanted to live in peace with the natives and settlers who didn't. It was a terrible clash of cultures just like when the spanish went into South America up into Mexico.

  56. Death watch

    Death watchIl y a an

    You seem to think progress goes hand-in-hand with human decency.

  57. Thanos

    ThanosIl y a an

    I almost fell asleep

  58. 3a3a3a

    3a3a3aIl y a an

    5:30 classic polygon

  59. Okha

    OkhaIl y a an

    also 7:15

  60. 3a3a3a

    3a3a3aIl y a an

    You managed to turn something so apolitical into a white people shitfest, even the most hardcore communist propagandists would be jelous

  61. Mick Bohannon

    Mick BohannonIl y a an

    Stunning video

  62. Master Shake

    Master ShakeIl y a an

    Click bait may I say?