Like many of my generation, I grew up with video arcades. And like the rotary phone and the typewrite, most of the newest gaming generation knows of the “arcade” as a mythical place where the games required coins and where “Game Over” meant just that.
When it comes to gaming today I can’t compete. I no longer understand all the buttons and double joystick movements needed to play a “simple” PS3 game (ask my husband, he has more gray hairs from trying to teach me how to use these new controllers then the last four years of raising our son).
To those out there that say there is no value in video games…I ask you to reconsider, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has.
“Are video games art? They sure are” says Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design. “But they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe. The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design—a field that MoMA has already explored and collected extensively, and one of the most important and oft-discussed expressions of contemporary design creativity.” To read the full article click here.
To experience some of these amazing games (both old and new) visit the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
For further reading you might enjoy:
Power-Up : how Japanese video games gave the world an extra life by Chris Kohler
What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy by James Paul Gee
Extra lives : why video games matter by Tom Bissell