Once upon a time there were these things called “video games” that bore little resemblance to, well, anything. You shot at invaders from space that didn’t really look like Space Invaders, you were a yellow circle claiming to be some sort of man in Pac Man, you were a barely-recognizable sorry excuse for a stereotypical Italian plumber in Donkey Kong. Gameplay was fun, but there was no confusion as to which world—reality or the game-universe—was better to live in. But now things are different. With graphics so good and characters so vivid, it really is appealing to imagine life on the other side of the screen. Navigating the worlds created by fantasy games seems a lot like navigating the pages of Heavy Metal. Every game is packed with strong female characters who are beautiful but deadly.
This is Tasha, who is the leader of the South Korean cosplay group Spiral Cats, showing off her newest incarnation, a character from Cabal II, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) made by the South Korean gaming firm ESTsoft. You can see more of Tasha’s characters at facebook.com/TashaCosplay.