Are video games art?


video arcadeLike 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).

While I know I can’t “play” these game, I really enjoy watching these new games. The design and visual aesthetics of games today are amazing. Games today are like watching a Hollywood movie.

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.

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Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.